Leading business advisors KPMG in Ireland have just launched an impressive graduate recruitment call that will see 350 graduates recruited to its offices in Dublin, Galway, Cork and Belfast. KPMG’s Galway office will welcome around 10 university candidates this autumn to join its prestigious trainee accountant programme.
Mary McGinley, a director in the ever-expanding Galway office, said KPMG has a leading reputation in the audit, tax and advisory services across Ireland, with its western base close to an anniversary milestone in 2020.
“We’re in Galway almost 40 years, so we’re very much bedded down in the business ecosystem in the city,” she said. “We have new offices overlooking the Galway Bay and the Docks with 75 employees, and we are currently looking for graduates to join our team on our trainee accountant programme.”
KPMG’s Galway offices cater for a wide range of clients from dynamic family and privately-owned companies to many globally recognised names that have chosen the region as the ideal location for business success.
“We provide a full range of tax, audit and business advisory services to our clients with employment tax services in particular demand this year” she said. “This reflects the upcoming PAYE modernisation programme which Revenue is introducing on 1 January, but also employers facing a tight recruitment market are looking for advice on remuneration packages, equity, options, etc. that can attract and keep key talent.
Clients are also seeking advice on the acquisition or sale of businesses, particularly in the technology and life sciences sectors. It has been great to see local founders of businesses reap the rewards of their hard work by selling to investors or larger companies that can help those businesses grow even further. The key to those successful transactions is planning for both tax and commercial aspects in plenty of time, often years in advance. Whilst our clients vary in scale and by sector, they all have one thing in common – namely a desire for the most timely and relevant business support and advice available,” said McGinley.
Two of the bigger issues on the minds of clients in the current economic climate include Brexit and tariffs. McGinley said the uncertainty of Brexit has forced businesses to start planning for the worst-case scenario and look at markets beyond Britain. She said businesses are looking at how their goods are coming to Ireland and if they are arriving via Britain, to consider alternatives.
It is the large scope of projects and services that will undoubtedly make KPMG’s Galway base an attractive pull for business graduates. But McGinley said the city itself is a huge draw for younger workers who want the experience of living in a bustling hub of activity but without the financial squeeze of Dublin.
“The affordability factor is attractive to younger people who want to get on the career ladder without a daily commute or expenses and pressures of Dublin’s rental market,” she said. “It’s a young city and a social city with a fantastic arts and music scene.”
McGinley said KPMG in Galway has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with fellow businesses and the Chamber of Commerce, whose former presidents have included KPMG representatives. The Portershed, a co-working space and the first step towards an Innovative District in the city, was set up jointly by the Chamber of Commerce and other organisations. KPMG’s involvement in the initiative includes the hosting of seminars and has a member of staff who works there once a month to offer advisory help on tax and compliance matters. KPMG also sponsors GMIT’s New Frontiers programme, an initiative to help people start and build their own businesses.
“We also support Bio-Innovate and Bio-Excel programmes at NUI Galway,” added McGinley. “Both of those programmes are aimed at helping the startup medtech community and have been really successful, so we’re delighted to be involved in those. We fly the flag for Galway where we can because it really is a great city to live and work.”
For more information on careers at KPMG, go to KPMG.ie/careers.
This article appeared in The Sunday Business Post, and is reproduced here with their kind permission.