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#5 UK 300 student rated sector ranking
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#153 UK 300 student rated overall ranking
Employees: 10000+

Your career is your adventure, and it all starts here at BDO. From the first meeting, to that well-earned promotion.

Who we are

We’re one of the UK’s largest Accountancy and Business Advisory firms providing Audit, Advisory and Tax services to organisations all over the world. When the most entrepreneurial and high-growth businesses need advice on accountancy and business, they turn to BDO.

Our Programmes

We offer three-year Graduate Programmes in a range of exciting business areas - Tax, Audit and Advisory.

Wherever you find yourself, early responsibility will be yours from the get-go, working side by side with managers, directors and partners who will respect and value your input. Relishing a new challenge every day, you’ll get stuck into a variety of fascinating projects, building your skills and knowledge while studying for specialised qualifications.

Throughout your career journey, you’ll enjoy all the coaching, mentoring and support you need because we’re here for you all the way.

Why BDO?

Ask anyone what they love about working at BDO and they'll tell you it's the people. We're a friendly and diverse bunch who work hard to achieve the best outcomes and know how to have fun too.

We’re committed to your wellbeing, offering flexible working arrangements so you can work in a way that's best for you. Join us and you'll enjoy an extensive range of benefits that cover your lifestyle, protection, money and wellbeing – everything you need to perform at your best in and out of work.

What we're looking for

We’ll expect you to have, or be on course for a 2:2 or above in any degree discipline. You should also have three A Levels at grades A*-C in any subject (excluding General Studies and Extended Projects) plus GCSEs in Maths and English Language, at grades 9 – 4 or equivalent. Equivalent international qualifications are welcome.

We recognise that your qualifications and work experience don’t tell us the full story. So, we’re keen to find out what you care about and love to do in life. We always look for people who are supportive, responsible, honest, and collaborative and are ready to make an impact from day one.

This is where it all begins.

Culture & values

We’re a value-led company. That means we take pride not just in what we do, but how we do it. That means:

  • Being responsible and acting with integrity
  • Being genuine
  • Being collaborative
  • Being bold

You can find out more about our benefits on our careers site.


We offer a wide range of core and voluntary benefits covering your lifestyle, protection, money and wellbeing. These are aimed at helping you make the most of work and your life beyond it. They include:

  • Additional leave
  • Gym membership
  • Give As You Earn
  • Pension
  • Private medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Health assessments
  • Bike to work
  • Travel insurance
  • Community Volunteering Days

Recruitment process

When you apply, our recruitment team will be in constant contact with you to explain the next steps of our process, but you can expect to complete each of the following stages:

Your application

You’ll apply online and have the chance to demonstrate your understanding of the role you’re applying for. This is also where you can tell us about your background, experience and what you think you do well and enjoy.

Interactive assessment

If your application is successful, we’ll then invite you to complete a blended assessment online that includes numerical and situational tests and a behavioural assessment.

Video interviews

You’ll then be invited to a video interview where we’ll look for evidence of what you do well and enjoy doing to make sure you’re the right candidate for us and we’re the right employer for you.

Virtual assessment centre

This is where you’ll find out more about the role you’re applying for and whether it’s the right fit for you as you will take part in a continuous assessment with some objectives to achieve by the end of the day.

Face to face interview

For graduate and school leaver roles, we’ll invite you to your chosen hub to meet some colleagues in-person and have an interview as your final stage. Even if you’re unsuccessful, we’ll provide feedback to help you in the future.

Equity, diversity & inclusion

We’re building a culture where everyone can be themselves, feel they belong and is included at every point of their career. When you join us, you’ll be part of building it too.

From your first day, you’ll hear a lot about our networks. These are groups of colleagues who join together as a community in the workplace based on being allies, shared characteristics, similar backgrounds or life experiences. They welcome anyone who wants to learn more about these communities. We currently have nine networks including our Muslim Network, LGBTQ+ Network, a group aimed at creating gender balance, one for working parents, and many more. You can find all of the networks and more information on our careers site.

Personal development

Whatever your definition of success, we’ll support you to identify and achieve it. It’s your career and we encourage you to take ownership of it though a range of learning and development options.

From day one, you’ll be part of a firm that is raising the standard of accountancy training across the entire industry which means exceptional development opportunities for you at every stage. Whatever programme you join us on, you’ll benefit from a mix of technical training and live work to put your knowledge into practice.

Our technical training is a mix of internal and external courses that mean you will learn from the top minds in the industry and develop the most cutting-edge skills with thinkers from across the business world. Your development will be a key priority for your manager and we’ll make sure you have exactly what you need to achieve your personal and professional goals.


At BDO, we don’t believe we can be a successful business unless we’re also a responsible business. Our sustainability approach is an essential part of that. Our priority to decrease the carbon footprint per employee and reach Net-Zero.

We have ambitious and measurable goals. We want to halve our carbon emissions from 2020 by 2030. We’re focussing on three areas; ‘How we work’, ‘How we travel’ and ‘How we buy.’ These include installing renewable energy in our offices, creating a carbon-smart travel policy and analysing all our suppliers to ensure we buy form to have Net-Zero targets.


The UK 300 2021/22

The UK 300 2021/22

The 300 most popular graduate employers in the UK, as voted by students

Shortlisted - The most popular graduate recruiter in accounting and financial management award

Shortlisted - The most popular graduate recruiter in accounting and financial management award

As voted for by students. Announced at the targetjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2022

Shortlisted - The most popular graduate recruiter in accounting and financial management award 2023

Shortlisted - The most popular graduate recruiter in accounting and financial management award 2023

As voted for by students. Announced at the targetjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2023.

Latest opportunities

Latest opportunities

  • Audit Graduate Programme 2024 - Scotland

  • Audit Graduate Programme 2024 - South East

  • Audit Graduate Programme 2024 - South West