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BDO welcomes record number of new trainees

06 September 2019

Accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP has expanded its 5000 strong workforce by welcoming 430 new trainees across the business.

A total of 370 trainees join the firm today [Friday 6th September] with a further 60 confirmed to join in December.

A mixture of graduates and apprentices will sit within BDO’s tax, audit, advisory and business services and outsourcing streams, throughout the firm’s 17 UK office locations.

The firm experienced another record-breaking number of applicants with almost 13,000 individuals applying for the roles, a 20% increase on the previous year.

Alongside their relevant professional qualification, the majority of graduates and apprentices will get the opportunity to work towards a Level 7 accountancy or taxation professional apprenticeship, equivalent to a master’s degree.

Paul Eagland, managing partner at BDO commented: “There are a number of standout moments for me each year but seeing our new trainee intake is a personal highlight, especially when it is a record number.

“Almost half of our new trainees are in our offices outside of London, and I am really pleased that we have increased the number of apprenticeships we offer by 40%. As someone who started their career in accountancy as an apprentice, I see myself as an example of how someone with or without a university degree is able to rise through the ranks.

“All of the trainees have been selected based not only on their academic achievements but because we believe they demonstrate the values, attitudes and skills that fit with BDO’s culture.

“In February we completed our merger with Moore Stephens LLP, so it is fantastic to be adding more great people to the enlarged firm. Attracting new, fresh talent is vital in order to remain dynamic and forward-thinking and to help our ambitious clients succeed.”

Each year BDO also hosts its annual intern and summer school programmes. This year the firm hosted 36 current A-Level students on its Summer School Programme, with 43 undergraduates also joining on an Internship Programme, allowing potential future candidates to gain first-hand experiences of the real world of work and a taste of BDO life.

The firm widened its entry criteria in 2016 and introduced a new remote-interview process to allow greater access to students from a range of social and educational backgrounds.

Since 2017 BDO has also been calling on the government to make changes that support and encourage the number of quality apprenticeships. In particular, the firm would like to see reform of the Ofsted assessment system for schools and colleges to track the number and quality of apprenticeship places secured by their students. Tracking progress of students to higher-level apprenticeships should sit alongside the numbers of those who have gone onto university. 

More information on recruitment can be found on BDO’s career website.


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.

BDO’s global network

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
Senior PR Adviser, BDO LLP
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