Longlisted for a Business in the Community Responsible Business Award
KPMG focused on recruiting from untapped talent pools to build more diverse business
Action and Impact
As one of the UK’s leading providers of auditing, tax and advisory services, KPMG needs to employ good people in their business. KPMG shares the worries of many other employers, that school leavers’ numeracy and literacy skills, as well as their communications skills, are not up to scratch and ready for the workplace.
Workplace diversity is also key, with responsible, diverse and inclusive businesses proving to be more successful. “It is vital that our firm reflects the diversity that exists in our clients’ organisations and in society at large because it helps us to create better client outcomes,” says Anna Purchas, KPMG’s Head of People.
To ensure it attracts the best talent, KPMG offers multiple routes into its business to encourage individuals from previously untapped talent pools. Measures include providing work experience that targets people who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity, developing graduate and apprentice programmes to help create the business leaders of the future regardless of their background and measuring and disclosing the socio-economic background of the firm's employees to help guide its actions.
So far, KPMG has employed more than 1,100 graduates and apprentices, and created 597 work placements. It has also helped over 17,000 young people improve their employability skills.