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The Universum Most Attractive Employers Index Ireland 2021 has just been announced. We’re delighted to see that, among business students, KPMG Ireland is recognised as the most attractive employer in Accounting and Professional Services.

By way of background, Universum works with over 2,000 universities, alumni groups, and professional organisations across 50 markets to gather insights from students and professionals in order to advise employers on how to attract talent that fits their culture and purpose. For Ireland, 10,043 students responded to the Universum survey across 25 third level institutions. So we are very pleased to be recognised as the most attractive employer in Accounting and Professional Services for business students.

Making the right choice

Paul Vance, Head of Resourcing at KPMG in Ireland recognises that graduates have a wide range of options. “We know that ambitious, talented graduates often have a range of choices and making a decision on where to start your career can be a little daunting.” According to Paul, the criteria selected by Universum for the survey reflects the KPMG Graduate teams own experience in helping graduates make the right choice. “It’s also worth noting that, amongst business students, the attributes students valued most in the survey included future earnings potential, a friendly work environment, job security, professional training and development and a genuine approach to encouraging work-life balance – all characteristics we really strive to deliver for those who join us.”

This recognition follows the gradireland 2020 awards, when KPMG received 3 key awards including Best Graduate Recruiter in Accounting and Financial Management, Best Training & Development programme and Graduate Employee of the Year.

Weighing up your options

Career objectives are very personal to the individual says Paul, but he and the Grad team at KPMG recognise a lot of common threads. “ The wide range of clients our people get to work with, the award winning training and the great diversity and skills of our people are all reasons why so many talented graduates choose us. We hope that our market leading position in The Universum Most Attractive Employers Index Ireland 2021 is testament to those attributes. We’re really looking forward to welcoming all the new graduates joining us this year.”