Jessica Fino 6 Dec 2018 10:54am

BDO to hire 450 trainees in 2019

Mid-tier firm BDO has announced it will hire a record of 450 trainees across its 16 UK offices in 2019

The roles will be spread across its graduate and apprenticeship programmes as well as its summer intern and summer school initiatives.

The majority of its trainees will undertake a level-7 apprenticeship programme with a qualification equivalent to a master’s degree.

BDO announced last week it was in “advanced merger discussions” with Moore Stephens. The merger will create the UK’s fifth largest accountancy firm in the country, overtaking Grant Thornton.

BDO managing partner Paul Eagland said, “Each year we welcome trainees who bring individuality, energy, ambition and fresh thinking to BDO. They are part of our DNA and have a huge impact on the culture and future direction of the firm.

Eagland said that, since BDO refreshed its recruitment strategy, widened its entry criteria and moved the recruitment process online, the firm had seen an increase in diversity and volume of applications.

“I expect we’ll get more than 10,000 applicants this year for the 450 roles available, which is fantastic for our business.”

In October, the firm announced its profits had risen by almost 20% to £109.4m in the last year.

Eagland said at the firm received more than 10,000 applications for 300 “early-in-career” vacancies.