BDO revamps recruitment process for graduates and school leavers

01 February 2017

Accounting and consulting firm BDO has revamped its selection process to be better able to pick out those with a calling for the professional services from a wider range of backgrounds. The firm has announced plans for the year's first recruitment drive for 350 combined graduate, school leaver, intern, and summer school programmes.

BDO has announced 350 places as part of its wider 2017 intake of 1,100 students. The recruitment will involve 165 at graduate level, at 100 school leaver level and the remaining positions are split between its intern (6-week placement) and summer school (2 weeks) programmes.

The firm, like many of its professional services firm peers, has refined its entry requirements: criteria now include at least a 2:2 degree (previously 2:1), A-Levels and GCSEs from A* - C. The move reflects the firm’s commitment on admitting those whom are, or feel themselves, called to accounting and consulting, but, due to their background, would have fallen outside entry level criteria. The firm is also scrapping its competency-based test in favour of a strength-based assessments.

BDO revamps selection process and opens doors for 350 hopefuls

Paul Eagland, who became BDO’s Managing Partner in October, and is himself a non-graduate, says, “Trainees are the life blood of our organisation – they are ambitious, smart and flourish in an environment that supports individuality. We want to focus on an inclusive culture where background has no relevance to success. Widening our entry criteria is part of that; it is crucial that our student recruitment model is in sync with that vision.”

Candidates will also be able to be interviewed online, something new to the firm’s wider selection process. Short listed candidates will be invited to an Assessment Centre run by the firm, where they can meet colleagues and partners, prior to a formal offer.

“No matter how long you have worked in the industry or how well you think you understand a client’s needs, young people have the ability to make you see things differently. Our new and existing trainees really will future proof our firm’s success,” says Eagland.

The positions, and the profession itself, remains sought after; the firm expects around 6,000 applicants for the 350 available places.


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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.”