Why work for KPMG UK?

Find out why KPMG is a great place to work.

Our awards speak for themselves

• We are the ‘Best Big Company to Work For’ for an unprecedented third time. This is the second successive year that we have secured the top position in the Best Companies award which is the biggest survey of workplace opinion in the UK. This year we also received a special ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award in recognition of being in the top three every year since the Big Company category was created in 2005.

• KPMG, for the fourth year running has been named as one of the UK’s Top 50 places Where Women Want To Work.

• Melissa Geiger, Partner in KPMG’s Tax practice, has been named in Management Today’s annual ’35 Women Under 35′ list

But there is a lot more to us than just winning awards. KPMG’S objective is to create an inclusive workplace where difference is valued and talented individuals are treated with respect, have choices in their working patterns and in their development. We believe diversity enables us to:

• recruit and retain the most talented people
• provide the best service to our clients
• work more closely with our communities
• make a positive difference to our business

So how do we do this?

We show leadership. KPMG leads the way on flexible working, as the only one of the professional services firms to be listed in Working Families’ list of the top twenty UK employers for working families in 2009.

We encourage you to succeed, whoever you are. We support you through offering access to networks, mentoring opportunities, development programmes and inspirational role models.

We offer a wide range of flexible working options. 98.5% of flexible working applications are accepted in KPMG.

We create an inclusive environment. KPMG has been included in the Times Top 50/Where Women Want to Work index for the past four years.

Across KPMG Europe LLP, women make up 46 percent of the workforce and accounted for 45 percent of graduate recruits in 2008.

Research clearly shows that organisations which have women in senior positions are more likely to prosper. During this year we built on the success of our Retaining Talented Women programme, rolling out REACH – a two-day, women-only development course – in the UK and holding a pilot for participants from KPMG Europe LLP in Germany and Switzerland. The programme has been heavily oversubscribed and we are beginning to see real benefits from it. Retention rates for women at manager level have grown consistently over the years, and this year were at 89 percent. Retention is particularly high among our exceptional performers, at 93 percent for women in 2008.

“Beforehand, whilst I thought it was worth a go, I was somewhat sceptical about the value of a women-only programme. Having been on the course last week, I can honestly say that this was the most inspirational and truly useful course I have ever attended. I already feel so much more empowered and in control, and am following through on actions and learning’s.” Jennie Fisk, Head of Corporate Tax Skillset Technology, UK

We are rolling out KNOW – a women’s networking group created by our Swiss colleagues – across the firm, as well as encouraging individual functions to set up their own networking groups and mentoring schemes. We have also launched the ‘Women in KPMG Europe LLP’ newsletter and held our first women partners meeting at the last Partners conference.

Family commitments are also an important issue. Our ‘Family Matters’ programme offers support not just to women with young children, but to fathers and other carers. We offer parenting seminars, up to 20 days of subsidised emergency childcare provision, first aid classes, guidance for those going on and returning from maternity leave and a newsletter to help them stay in touch while on leave.


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