The rankings are based on the opinions of nearly 130,000 students from top academic institutions in the world's 12 leading economies - the United States, China, Japan, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Brazil, Spain, Canada, Russia and India.
Universum, a global talent consultant, develops its global index of the top 50 most attractive employers by asking students pursuing business and engineering degrees to identify "ideal” employers. KPMG ranked second on the index of most attractive employers for business students for 2010, moving up six places from its eighth place ranking in the 2009 index.
"We are honoured that so many students worldwide see KPMG as an ideal place to begin and build their careers,” said Timothy P. Flynn, Chairman, KPMG International. "I think it shows that students recognise the important role played by our profession and in particular the commitment KPMG has to enabling our people to develop the skills and values that are essential for serving our clients and communities in today's complex global business environment.”
KPMG member firms have recruited approximately 15,000 graduates globally over the past year.
"Our graduate hires benefit from the learning and development programs we have in place so that they can gain the technical, business and leadership skills as well as the global perspective necessary to build a rewarding career,” said Rachel Campbell, Global Head of People, KPMG International. "Graduates are also attracted by opportunities we offer such as our Global Mobility Programme that enables them to take on assignments all around the world.”
"To secure talent from an increasingly demanding young generation, employers must develop strong employer brands,” said Michal Kalinowski, Universum's CEO. "Based on the results of our survey, KPMG member firms have managed to do just that through their innovative student outreach and employee programs."
The full list of "The World's Most Attractive Employers 2010” is available at
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