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Accountancy & Professional Services to Offer Most Graduate Vacancies in 2015


The High Fliers Report for 2015 shows that accountancy and professional services firms will be the biggest graduate hirers this year.

Accountancy & Professional Services to Offer Most Graduate Vacancies in 2015

Altogether these firms aim to make 4,500 new graduate hires in 2015, with the Big Four firms amongst the biggest UK graduate hirers in the graduate recruitment across all sectors.

In 2015 PwC aim to recruit 1,200 new graduates (second only to Teach First); as will Deloitte. KPMG look to take on 1,000 graduates, whilst EY will hire 700 this year.

Investment banks are also on the lookout for 1,895 graduates overall for 2015. The banking and finance sector is set to hire around 1,330.

There has been a 1.3% increase in graduate recruitment in the accountancy and professional services sector since 2013. Banking and finance has seen a rise in graduate vacancies of 5.8% in the same period.

Three professional services firms were named in the top ten of The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers for 2015: PwC (who claimed the top spot), Deloitte (placed third) and KPMG (placed seventh).  

Things are looking up for graduate recruitment overall, as the High Fliers figures mean that the graduate job market is at its best for over a decade. Overall, graduate vacancies are set to rise by 5.3% in 2015.

According to the Report however, graduate salaries are set to remain unchanged for the second year running. The median graduate salary currently stands at £29,500.

By Jos Weale, Editor,