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General FAQs

General FAQs

Frequently asked questions about our graduate programmes and working at KPMG

Frequently asked questions about our graduate programmes and working at KPMG

What is a Training Contract (Audit)?

A Training Contract is the learnership programme you complete in order to become a CA. 

Does KPMG only offer graduate programmes to students following the CA route?

No, KPMG also offers graduate programmes within Advisory and Tax.

Which qualifications are applicable to KPMG Graduate Programmes?

Audit Advisory & Tax
  • BCom Accounting or equivalent (CA track/stream) Complete
  • CTA/PGDA as part of the Honours year
  • LLB / BCom Law or equivalent
  • BCom Internal Audit or equivalent
  • BSc Computer Science or equivalent
  • BCom Management Accounting or equivalent
  • BSc Engineering or equivalent
  • Masters Industrial Psychology
  • BCom Forensics Accounting or equivalent
  • BCom Supply Chain & Logistics or equivalent
  • BCom Economics or equivalent
  • BCom Mathematics or equivalent
  • BCom Financial / Investment Management or equivalent
  • BCom Actuarial Science or equivalent

Does KPMG allow you to start a graduate programme and complete your degree while studying part time?

No, all graduate programmes require you to first complete your degree before you can start working. Some smaller offices do consider students who study part time. These offices are:  

  • Polokwane and Nelspruit.

I do not meet your minimum academic requirements. Will I be rejected automatically?

No. However, our minimum academic requirements have been developed over time as a guide to determine how well you should be able to cope with the demands of the role, professional exams and training and, as such, they are very important in the selection process. Although, it’s not just your academic performance we are interested in, we will assess your application by combining a number of different factors.

Does KPMG allow you to move within offices or business units during the graduate programme?

This is not the norm. The graduate will have the choice of office/business unit when applying. Once the programme has commenced, the graduate will remain in the office/business unit for the duration. Personal circumstances are considered in extreme cases, i.e. spouse relocation etc.

I have signed a Training Contract with one office and would like to change to another office prior to the commencement of my Training Contract? Is this possible?

Yes, it is possible provided spaces are available. However you need to start discussions with your current Recruiter.

I have applied to KPMG and I have not had any response, what should I do?

Should you not receive a response within 14 days of your application please contact the switchboard and ask for Graduate Recruitment.

Do I have to own a car to work at KPMG?

It is advisable to have your own mode of transport but it is not compulsory.

How much will I earn at KPMG?

KPMG salaries are market related and we offer students substantial growth and learning potential 

What opportunities will I have to travel and work overseas?

At KPMG we offer Global Opportunities in the form of long and short term secondments. It is not likely that you’ll go on a secondment during the graduate programme or training contract but there are many opportunities once you have completed your training contract / graduate programme – towards the end of your 3rd year.

What opportunities does KPMG offer students to travel overseas?

As part of KICC, KPMG affords you the opportunity to travel and experience different cultures. 

Can I do my articles overseas and still qualify as a CA (SA)? (Audit Specific)

No, in order to qualify as a CA (SA), SAICA training has to be done within the country. If you are studying in South Africa and want to do your articles at KPMG overseas, you will need to apply on the global website. You may have to study further in your chosen country before starting the training contract.

Can I do TOPP articles at KPMG? (Audit Specific)

No. KPMG is a TIPP (Training in Public Practice) firm, the new SAICA syllabus TIPP and TOPP no longer exist. However, we now offer articles in the Advisory space with the following SAICA electives: Financial Management, Management Decision-making and Internal Audit, Risk Management and Governance.

Does KPMG offer Vac Work?

Yes, KPMG offers three types of vac work for students following the CA route. Spaces are limited and are advertised online in March and August of each year.

Within Advisory and Tax vac work runs as part of the recruitment process for the specific graduate programmes – it is advisable to apply for the graduate programme to be considered for the vac programme

What happens if I signed a contract to start my articles but I fail subjects and have to repeat my academic year?

Your application will be reviewed for roll forward (postponement of your start date) on a case by case basis.

I signed an Audit training contract, but I want to go into Forensics Accounting once I complete my CTA Honours. What are my options?

You would need to complete your Forensics Accounting degree (which is one year post your undergraduate Bcom degree) before completing your CTA / PGDA and start your articles one year later.

Does KPMG offer bursaries?

Bursaries for students on the CA stream are offered from Matric to Honours year if you currently have an Audit training contract or are in the process of applying for an Audit training contract.

Bursaries for non-CA students are at the Advisory Business Unit’s discretion and only offered in 3rd year or Honours.

I am a Thuthuka bursary holder. Can I still apply for an Audit training contract or vac work at KPMG?

Training Contracts: No, Thuthuka allocates students to various companies at the end of their CTA / PGDA year

Vac Work: Yes, you may apply online however vac work spaces are limited.

I’m a foreign national. Can I apply to KPMG?

KPMG adheres to the CA Charter whose objective it is to reflect the demographics of South Africa. KPMG's recruiting strategy is based on affording opportunities to South African citizens first.

When do KPMG’s graduate programme applications open and close?

Graduate recruitment is an ongoing process and runs from January to September of each year. Applications are processed on a first come, first served basis.

What opportunities are available to Grade 11 & 12s?

  • Schools Programme
  • Job shadowing
  • Bursaries & Training Contracts (Grade 12 Only)

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