KPMG launches Return to Work programme to support ex-professionals

10 August 2016

KPMG has launched a 12 week Return to Work programme to encourage those whom have been outside the professional services, management consulting and tax, to return to work. The programme, which consists of mentoring, coaching and client facing assignments is aimed at rapidly getting the past professionals up to speed and supporting their path back to employment.

Stepping out of a professional career can become a necessity, whether to look after an ailing family member, child rearing, extended sabbatical or protracted illness. Getting back into the profession after a long period of absence, can be difficult, especially when best practice, taught throughout graduate programmes or updated through engagements and training programmes, have changed or evolved in a rapidly changing business landscape.

KPMG, in a bid to support past professions that have stepped out of professional services life, in this case from management consulting and tax, is offering a new 12 week programme, called Return to Work, to bring talented professionals back to business. The programme offers a combination of mentoring and coaching while placing participants in client facing positions from the get-go. Networking events are also provided, to support the return-to-work process. If both the participant and KPMG are happy with the arrangement, longer term possibilities – including full and part time work – may be available on completion of the programme.

KPMG launches Return to Work programme to support ex-professionals

The programme is open to those whom have taken a break of 18 months or longer from professional life, are eligible to work in the UK and can begin in January 2017. A Back to Work event, for those that pass pre-screening, is planned for September, in which training on interview skills is provided, before a formal interview in October.

The programme itself is part of KPMG’s wider efforts to boost diversity within its ranks, as well as increase its access to key talent that may otherwise be lost to it or the profession. Additional efforts from the firm include knocking down barriers to social mobility through changes to entrance requirements as well as reaching out to more diverse professionals in terms of gender, ethnicity, disability and sexual orientation.

Philip Davidson, Managing Partner and Interim Head of People at KPMG, says, “In order to meet our clients’ needs we must build experienced teams from a diverse range of backgrounds. This scheme is designed to bring talented people with wide ranging real world views and valuable skills back into the workplace. We know that traditional recruitment methods can deter returners from applying for jobs; by offering this programme and package of support we hope to appeal to these highly experienced and motivated individuals.”

Other consultancy firms too are running similar schemes, including, among others, A.T. Kearney’s Encore programme and PwC’s Back to Business scheme.



Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

05 April 2019

A pair of Bristol-based consulting firms have been recognized for having among the UK’s best office break areas. People Source Consulting and Ashville were marked out for their vibrant and fun spaces, which feature table games, picnic areas, and even beer.

With competition for talent in the UK continuing to heat up – as the nation continues to enjoy its highest employment rate since the 1970s – firms have been upping their game on multiple fronts to help attract the cream of the crop. In order to successfully court the best candidates, companies are not only taking into account pay and benefits, but are also working to lure potential employees to their firms with the promise of innovative and vibrant work spaces.

In late 2018, employment website Glassdoor announced ten offices had been named the coolest places to work in the UK. Among those lauded for their work in enriching the working day of their employees was Capco – the only consultancy to make the grade.

Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

Now,, a leading games room specialist based in the UK, has announced the ten offices it believes have made the cut for its inaugural Office Breakout of the Year competition. The contest has pitted a diverse range of companies against one another to be named the best office-based breakout space that the UK has to offer. Research from recently revealed that 65% of workers would consider switching employers for a better working environment, making the appearance of two consultancies on the list especially important for their recruitment ambitions.

People Source Consulting – a recruitment business from Bristol – hosts a brightly lit and vibrant space, complete with faux grass and picnic benches, along with a well-stocked beverage fridge – alcohol appears to be an option – as well as an array of tabletop games, including pool. Ashville, an asset management consultancy also based in Bristol, meanwhile boasts a break room decked out with table football, a table tennis court and even arcade machines.

Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

The other eight finalists exhibit offerings including swinging hammocks, scooters and a bizarre and brilliant variety of other features. The other nominees are accessplanit – a software business from Lancaster; Digital 22 – a marketing and design agency from Clitheroe; Roc Search – a tech and engineering recruitment specialist from Reading; Sales-i – a provider of sales analytics software from Solihull; SEC Group – an office fit out company from Stevenage; SLG Brands – a portfolio of beauty brands with a head office in Cheltenham; Zest Digital – a digital marketing agency from Oxford; and 16i – a digital design agency also from Cheltenham.

Andy Beresford, MD of, said, “According to recent reports, the UK is currently seeing record levels of employment, and while that might be a great statistic, the knock-on effect is that it’s becoming harder and harder to recruit top talent… Being named as a finalist gives those shortlisted businesses the opportunity to showcase how they go about delivering a better working environment for their employees, with some top effort evidently involved judging by what we’ve seen.”