KPMG says that it is targeting 3,000 campus recruits for its audit and advisory practices in the US, according to NewYorkBusiness.Com article.
To reach its goal in a tight job market, the Park Avenue firm is rolling out new pilot programs to attract the brightest college graduates in accounting and finance. Perks include training in Madrid, auditing contests with cash prices, free trips to New York City and four week internship postings to KPMG offices around the world.
“It’s becoming more and more competitive every day,” says Manny Fernandez, KPMG’s national managing partner of campus recruiting. The headcount of Mr. Fernandez’s division dedicated to hiring off college campuses has increased 50% to 120 over the past two years.
To put that 3,000 candidate target number in perspective, that represents 14% of KPMG’s total US headcount. That illustrates a key challenge professional services—fulfulling the need for large numbers of skilled people in an industry with ever growing demands for services while trying to keep the people it already has.