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Big four look to hoover up swarms of fresh graduates

Roisin Burke

Published 21/08/2011 | 05:00

Leaving Cert students! Are you worried there will be zero jobs for you after dossing around in college for years, what with the global economy falling apart and all?

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Fear not -- KPMG, PwC, Ernst & Young and Deloitte all plan to recruit lots of graduates in the coming years.

"We're back up to peak numbers again," says KPMG's head of resourcing Paul Vance. The accountancy giant is taking 300 graduates this September -- 50 more than last year and well up on 2009.

And you don't necessarily need to have a business degree. "We'll take honours grads regardless of discipline. Our managing partner [Terence O'Rourke] has an arts degree," said Mr Vance.

Many KPMG graduate recruits have law, engineering, IT and other backgrounds. A 2.1 is essential, however.

Likewise PwC is taking on almost as many graduates as it did during the boom, HR partner Carmel O'Connor says. "The intake this September is 250, almost back to the peak when we took 280. It's a very positive scenario. 2009 was probably the lowest year. We expect to recruit at least as many for 2012 and 2013 as we did this year."

Ernst & Young is taking 150 graduates this year and the same for autumn 2012. The firm says demand for interns is "extremely strong".

Deloitte says it will take "in excess of 150" grads this year and in 2012.

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