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RSM East Midlands strengthens future growth with record trainee intake

RSM East Midlands strengthens future growth with record trainee intake

RSM East Midlands has taken on a record 56 new students in 2022, more than double the 23 trainees recruited in 2021.

The leading audit, tax and consulting firm has recruited 28 new trainees in Leicester, and 28 trainees in Nottingham.

Nationally, the leading audit, tax and consulting firm recruited a record high of 723 new students across the UK in 2022, comfortably surpassing its previous record intake in 2021 by 20% as the firm continues to invest in its long-term growth plans. These trainees will be spread across all service lines including accounting and business advisory, audit, corporate finance, outsourcing, tax, restructuring and risk advisory.

The firm’s trainee recruitment policy bucks the national trend. According to RSM UK’s latest Middle Market Business Index (MMBI)**, the quarterly index and survey of approximately 700 senior executives, businesses are dialling down their hiring needs across the UK with just 33% of middle market firms recruiting more staff, down from 41% in Q2, and 52% in Q1. Yet RSM’s student recruitment is on the rise, driven by its ambition to invest in the future.

RSM has also recently undertaken 40 promotions to director in its continued bid to strengthen the firm from within its own ranks.

Kevin Harris, office managing partner, RSM Leicester, said:

"Recruiting our largest cohort of new trainees both in the East Midlands and as a firm, demonstrates our continuous investment in people. We continue to grow locally across all our core service lines, and this investment reinforces our desire to carry on this trend despite the tough economic challenges ahead."

The new recruits will be supported in studying for their professional ACA, AAT, ATT, ICAS, ACCA, CIA or CTA accountancy qualifications and will also benefit from a comprehensive internal programme focused on developing a broad range of skills and supporting wellbeing.

Victoria Kirkhope, people partner at RSM UK, said:

"It is hugely rewarding to know this year we have our highest number of trainees coming on board to help deliver our business ambitions. With a focus on personal and professional development, RSM is a great place to start your career and an exciting environment within which to progress. The latest wave of trainees come from different backgrounds with different experiences and outlooks, and the firm benefits from having a wide and diverse pool of people. In return, they will gain a well-structured training path in their early years, working in a supportive and collaborative culture."

The number of school leavers joining the firm in the last two years has increased by 65%, demonstrating RSM’s focus on attracting more who choose a career in professional services straight from school as an alternative to attending university.

RSM UK offers trainees a range of further opportunities, from technical development to participation in charitable activity, and sponsorship of the Duke of Edinburgh Gold award.

For further information on the career opportunities on offer at RSM UK for students and school leavers please visit

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