Thinking of changing jobs? Maybe you’re a graduate trying to get a step on the career ladder? Or an experienced professional looking for a great opportunity?
Whatever the scenario, now’s a really good time for seeking employment, says Laura White of KPMG. In fact, KPMG has just announced 800 new roles in Ireland, having doubled the number of experienced professionals hired in the last two years as well as continuing to provide a range of exceptional opportunities for ambitious graduates.
“It has become a candidate-driven market place,” says Laura, who also notes that the changing nature of Irish business has significantly widened the range of services the firm offers. The most recent jobs announcement highlights roles in areas such as tech, sustainability and decarbonisation, as well as in audit, tax, deal advisory and consulting areas of the firm.
The opportunities at KPMG also reflect employment growth in the wider economy. The number of people employed in Ireland reached a record high in 2019, with an increase of 2.4 per cent, or 53,700 by the third quarter of 2019. This brought total employment figures to 2,326,000 in the Republic of Ireland according to the latest labour force survey by the Central Statistics Office.
This surge in employment has also led to a highly competitive jobs market. There are opportunities in areas like cyber security, sustainability, risk consulting and in tax consulting for example, where there are roles available in areas such as M&A and renewable energy.
“We continue to be very busy, hiring across all lines of business in the firm,” says Paul Vance, Head of Resourcing at KPMG. “As well as hiring accounting and tax professionals, we have diverse roles in advisory and consulting, such as cyber security and data and analytics – all driven by strong demand for our services.” Paul also highlights attractive tax and Corporate Finance opportunities available in Belfast whilst in Cork, the team are hiring for Management Consulting roles based at KPMG’s recently opened state of the art office on South Mall.
We’ll be recruiting from senior associate up to director level, with expertise across cyber defence, incident response and remediation/security technologies.
Dani Michaux, Head of Cyber Security at KPMG elaborates on the cyber security roles as just one example of the opportunities available. “Cyber security is growing all the time,” she explains. “The reason being that companies everywhere are increasingly aware of the need to protect against cyber crime. This has been highlighted by a number of large-scale global attacks in recent years."
As the interest in cyber security increases, Dani plans to hire a number of cyber security professionals in 2020. “We’ll be recruiting from senior associate up to director level, with expertise across cyber defence, incident response and remediation/security technologies.”
But it’s not just cyber security that will be hiring at KPMG says Paul Vance. “It’s very exciting from a recruitment perspective,” he adds. “We expect to be hiring large numbers in 2020. In a candidate driven market, we need to be innovative to source top talent from Ireland and overseas. Building awareness about market strength and our exciting client engagements has been key to our success in attracting candidates.”
Everyone who joins us has access to the resources of the KPMG Business School and the wide range of courses and training opportunities it provides.
“In our last performance year we hired over 500 experienced professionals and we’re continuing to hire across all areas of audit, tax, deal advisory and consulting,” explains Paul. The firm also has a hugely successful graduate hiring programme. Amongst the many reasons why people chose KPMG, Paul calls out the opportunities to work with exceptional clients and the emphasis the firm puts on training. “People who join us get to work with incredible clients. From dynamic start-ups to household names, you are pretty much guaranteed to be working with some of the most innovative and ambitious businesses you could imagine.”
Secondly, Paul highlights the role of training. “Everyone who joins us has access to the resources of the KPMG Business School and the wide range of courses and training opportunities it provides.” And it doesn’t matter what stage of your career you have reached. “Lots of things motivate the people who join us” says Paul, “One of the standout benefits noted in much of our feedback is the fact that we are so committed to helping people with their professional development no matter what role they have.”
Of course, it helps that KPMG is also an appealing place to work. “You get to work with some of the brightest business leaders in Ireland,” says Laura. “What’s more, KPMG has an incredible range of clients and it offers promotional opportunities four times a year.”
She stresses too the sense of community. “It’s not just about the day job,” she adds. “There’s so much more than you can get involved in. There’s a great selection of sports and social activities and the chance to get involved in our hugely successful and award-winning corporate citizenship programme with its emphasis on skills-based volunteering. It’s a very friendly, encouraging environment. And it’s a really good chance to make an impact in a well-known global brand while pursuing a rewarding career.”