Inclusion, Diversity and Equity
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Social mobility is all about creating a fairer, more equitable society. And that work starts within our own firm. We've been committed to improving social mobility for over a decade and are extremely proud to be leading in this space. The past year alone has seen a number of achievements for KPMG in this space. We implemented contextual recruitment within our Student programmes for the class of 2023, won the Mobility Champion of the year Award (by Bina Mehta, UK Chair and rank 3rd in the Social Mobility Employers Index). We also published extensive analysis into the impact different characteristics and socio-economic backgrounds have on your rate of progression in our firm.KPMG UK Social Mobility Employee Network (UpBringing) chairs
These figures are based on those that have declared this information to us (74% of employees).
*Senior colleagues are defined as Exco, Board, Partners and Directors.
Harris was born and bred in Birmingham, after his parents emigrated to the UK from Pakistan in 1968. His father was a factory worker while his mother looked after the home. His parents throughout his childhood put in the hours to save to give the best opportunities they could for their son.
It paid off, with Harris getting his A levels at the local college and becoming the first person amongst his extended family to go to university – reading Computer Science and Business Management at Aston University. He graduated with a 1st class honours and from there, he got onto the graduate scheme at a financial data company. At the beginning of 2022, he joined KPMG.
“I used to drive past the KPMG building in Birmingham and the brand has always seemed prestigious,” Harris reflects. “It was a great day when I joined the firm.”
Since then, things have moved fast. Harris saw an email about the firm’s Next Generation Leader scheme, applied and was given a place. He’s already been promoted to manager and leads a small team providing digital agility design services to clients. He has a mentor too – one of KPMG’s senior partners, David Rowlands.
“It’s been fantastic,” Harris says. “I’m so lucky to have David as a mentor – he’s really helped shape my thinking. Mentors are so important for people from backgrounds like mine because you don’t have anyone in your family who’s been there before and can give you guidance.”
He adds: “As a Pakistani and practising Muslim, I’ve faced no barriers and I’ve found KPMG very inclusive. I was taken back by the quality of the prayer room in Canary Wharf. It really said a lot about how serious the firm is about ‘showing up as yourself.”
KPMG’s Student Recruitment team have been running an Employability Award since 2021. It is aimed at giving university and school and college students from lower socio-economic backgrounds the opportunity to increase their employability skills and build confidence. The programme was also designed to be a gateway to applying to KPMG – empowering participants to apply to our graduate, apprenticeship, or formal work experience programmes.
The Employability Awards are run in the Autumn and Spring for undergraduates and in the Easter holidays for school and college students. Across Autumn 2021 and Spring 2022, 99 students took part in the Awards. The sessions covered topics such as resilience and commercial awareness, as well as providing support with applications and mock interviews, and giving them the opportunity to hear from . Each student was also given a dedicated contact within the Student Recruitment team to keep in touch with, a certificate of completion and an Amazon voucher. 83% of these students made an application for 2022 and 2023 programmes.