PracticeAccounting FirmsE&Y out on a limb with graduate delay

E&Y out on a limb with graduate delay

No changes to be made to existing graduate schedule, other Big Four firms say

Ernst & Young looks to be out on its own in
its
plan to delay start-dates
for some 2008 graduate recruits.

Both Deloitte and KPMG said they had no plans to alter their current intakes
and schedules today, after E&Y confirmed the moves.

A media spokesperson at Deloitte declared there are ‘no plans to change
anything’ nor would graduate numbers be reduced.

In addition to this, a statement released by the firm’s graduate recruitment
partner, Sarah Shillingford, Deloitte opened applications three months early to
compensate for summer holidays.

‘Students who have recently graduated face a tougher job market than those
who graduated last year. Applications have been increasing for the past few
years…,’ she said.

Shillingford believes most graduates who would ordinarily take a gap year
have been applying for positions during their final year.

Similarly, a spokesperson at KPMG said the group have no plans to change any
aspect of the graduate program, including timings, whatsoever.

Clare Rice, media relations manager at E&Y, confirmed approximately 30
graduates have been affected by the change in schedule.

PricewaterhouseCoopers and BDO Stoy Hayward had not returned calls at the
time of going to press.

Further Reading:

E
&Y graduates in limbo

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