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KPMG raises its planned graduate intake for the year to 1,000

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KPMG is increasing its planned UK intake of graduates, school leavers and interns from 900 to over 1,000 for September 2010.

The accountancy firm claims this reflects growing signs that market demand for accountancy, tax and advisory services is set to rise.

KPMG announced in February that it was raising its graduate intake for September to 750, meaning that total intake including interns and school leavers would be over 900.  But continued growth plans mean that the firm is now in a position to commit to taking some 70 graduates more in September, bringing total intake to 1,000 - levels last seen back in 2008.

The 70 extra graduate places are divided between tax and audit and mean that the firm will be recruiting some 820 graduates this year.  Of these, over 500 are in audit, with tax and advisory accounting for roughly 150 places each.

Michelle Quest, head of people at KPMG in the UK, said: "We are very pleased to be in a position to take on increased numbers of young people this year. There is a perception in the market place that there is nothing available for students in the current economic climate, and indeed many students may have given up even looking. However, the signs are - in other employers as well as KPMG - that the situation is improving. There are places for the right people."