RSM has announced that it will “more than double” its annual summer intake of trainees in 2021 as it looks to strengthen a “key ambition” to grow the firm from “within its own ranks, and over the long-term”.
The firm said it will recruit just under 500 trainee employees in August 2021, up from the 224 university graduates and school-leavers it employed in summer 2019.
The firm confirmed that it already secured over 400 applicants so far, as it looks to fill the remaining vacancies before August.
In addition, RSM will also aim to double its intake of school leavers since 2019. This year it aims to recruit 86, up from 66 last year and 42 the previous year.
The new trainees will work across 30 of RSM’s 33 UK offices. They will begin their careers within the firm’s tax, audit, corporate finance, risk, restructuring advisory, financial reporting and IT teams.
After completing an intensive internal training course, the new recruits will commence study towards their professional ACA, AAT, ATT, ICAS, ACCA, CIA or CTA qualifications.
Rob Donaldson, CEO at RSM, said: “With youth unemployment sitting at 14 per cent there’s no escaping the cold truth that career prospects for graduates and school leavers have greatly diminished as a consequence of the events of the past year.
“Whilst our experiences of the pandemic have presented many challenges, our resilience as a firm, and what has been a strong year for us financially, has allowed us to take some bold steps, and a long-term approach.”
He added: “We want to invest in and grow our very own talent now, and a key part of that plan is to apply it at career-entry level. That is to the benefit of talented young prospective employees looking to take their first step on the career ladder, but who are doing it in an extremely competitive market.”