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Diversity is at the heart of our business 

We believe diversity is good for business. We believe that our diversity means we provide a better service to clients, and a great place to work. Diversity of background, diversity of experience, diversity of perspective. That's the KPMG difference.

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KPMG is proud to foster a high-performance culture, one that’s defined by having the best people, with the skills and determination to deliver above and beyond. That means we must continue to recruit, retain and develop people who are technically brilliant, insightful and astute professionals who are also forward-thinking, confident, and globally minded.


A dedicated team of diversity practitioners and representatives from the UK Board as well as champions from each of our functions engage with the wider business to continually develop and enhance our approach to diversity and inclusion.

Our aim:

To create an inclusive workplace where difference is valued and talented individuals are treated with respect, have choices in their working patterns and in their development


 We believe diversity enables us to:


  • recruit and retain the most talented people
  • provide the best service to our clients
  • work more closely with our communities
  • make a positive difference to our business
  • provide valuable insight from different perspectives


We encourage you to succeed, whoever you are.  Whatever your gender, ethnicity, age, disability, religion or sexual orientation, you can succeed at KPMG. We support our people through offering access to networks, mentoring opportunities, development programmes and inspirational role models.

Our approach includes:

Being rigorous about fairness and removing bias in how we recruit, and in how we manage, evaluate and reward performance. We recruit the best irrespective of difference. 34% of our graduate intake is from minority ethnic backgrounds.

Being as flexible as possible about when and where you work. We have an extensive menu of flexible working options available to all employees, but we’re also open to informal conversations about flexibility at any time. 97% of flexible working applications are accepted in KPMG.

Fostering a significant number of employee networks, open to anyone with an interest in or experience of diversity. Our staff networks include:


  • KNOW – KPMG’s Network of Women
  • Breathe – KPMG’s LGBT Network
  • Christians In KPMG
  • Jewish Society
  • Islamic Society
  • African and Caribbean Network
  • China Club
  • India Club
  • WorkAbility – KPMG’s Disability Network
  • Parenting Network
  • Carers Network


Helping parents and carers balance a challenging and rewarding career at KPMG with their responsibilities outside work. We offer great maternity and paternity support before and after parental leave, adoption and dependant leave, workshops for maternity returners to work and access to emergency childcare for all parents at KPMG.


Recognising it’s not always easy to be yourself, particularly if you feel you’re in a minority. We’ll put you in contact with role models and mentors who will share their own experiences of diversity, inclusion and success. We’re particularly proud of our flagship leadership programme for women that puts mid-career women in contact with successful senior role models whilst supporting them in building the confidence, networks and ambition necessary to succeed at KPMG. One recent participant described it as ‘one of the best investments of my time ever’. We are constantly looking at ways to innovate our development programmes.


Encouraging our staff to celebrate their culture and be proud of whom they are. During the year our people take part in events to mark the following: Chinese New Year, International Women’s Day, IDAHO, London Pride, Ramadan, Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah, Black History Month, Diwali and Christmas.

Our external partners

We’re keen to share best practice. We don’t have all the answers on diversity and inclusion ourselves, and we’re proud of our association with a range of external partners who provide us with access to new research and best practice on diversity and inclusion from across the globe. We are long-time members of organisations such as Opportunity Now  providing best practice on the recruitment, retention and development of women at work, Race for Opportunity, Stonewall, the Business Disability Forum and Working Families. All these organisations and more help us keep true to our ambition of being an inclusive employer.


We’re proud that some of them have also recognised our own practice in this area as being leading-edge.


Our Awards



  • We won the Race for Opportunity Widening the Talent Pool– Recruitment Award 2012
  • Listed in the Top 10 Employers for Gender 2012 and achieved Gold status in the Opportunity Now Benchmark
  • Placed in Top 10 Employers for Ethnicity 2012 and achieved Silver status in the Race for Opportunity benchmark
  • Awarded Platinum Plus status in the 2012 Business in the Community (BITC) Corporate Responsibility Index
  • Named one of the Top 10 Employers for Working Families in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
  • Amongst the Times Top 50 Employers for Women in 2011, 2012 and 2013
  • Shortlisted by Opportunity Now for an Inclusive Culture Award in 2011
  • Recognised by WorkingMums for innovation in flexible working practice
  • KPMG ranked in Stonewall’s top 100 employers list 2013
  • KPMG’s Breathe Network named a Stonewall Star Performer Network in 2013
  • Sunday Times Best Big Companies to work for special achievement award for 10 years in the Top 25 in 2013
  • Opportunity Now Agile Organisation and Champion awards in 2013




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