BDO recruiting for 600 trainees in 2020

17 December 2019

Accountancy and business advisory firm BDO is set to recruit a record number of new trainees in 2020.

Applications are now open for 600 new roles which will be based across the firm’s 17 UK office locations and split across its four key programmes: graduate, apprenticeship, summer intern and summer school.

The number of apprenticeships on offer has risen to more than 150, with the majority of both apprentice and graduate trainees able to undertake a level-7 apprenticeship programme - a qualification equivalent to a master’s degree.

This year, the firm also recruited 30 students undertaking a 12-month industrial placement in Liverpool, with the same number set to be recruited in 2020. 

Paul Eagland, Managing Partner at BDO, said: “We are really pleased to announce our largest ever intake of trainees for 2020, demonstrating our ongoing commitment of investing in people.

“We continue to develop our recruitment strategy in order to attract a diverse, dynamic and forward-thinking cohort of trainees, who ultimately share the values and ambitions of BDO and will become ‘advisers of the future’.

“The accountancy profession has long been an advocate of apprenticeships. BDO wants to see the government continue to support this route into work and reform the Ofsted assessment system to increase the number and quality of apprenticeship places on offer - this in turn will help address the UK skills and productivity gap.”

BDO recently announced its annual revenues and profit had increased by a quarter to £578m and £134m respectively. In the last six months 400 trainees and eight new partners have joined the firm

Note to editors

Accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP provides integrated advice and solutions to help businesses navigate a changing world. 

Our clients are Britain’s economic engine – ambitious, entrepreneurially-spirited and high-growth businesses that fuel the economy.  

We share our clients’ ambitions and their entrepreneurial mind-set. We have the right combination of global reach, integrity and expertise to help them succeed.  


BDO LLP operates in 17 locations across the UK, employing nearly 5,000 people offering tax, audit and assurance, and a range of advisory services. BDO LLP is the UK member firm of the BDO international network.

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The BDO global network provides business advisory services in 162 countries, with 80,000 people working out of 1,600 offices worldwide. It has revenues of $9bn.  


Emma Ordidge
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