Graduate and undergraduates

We will invest in your future

As a top 30 UK accountancy firm and tax advisers, we offer a dynamic place to start your career and gain prestigious professional qualifications. You will work alongside 33 partners, of which over half joined the firm as graduates, and over 240 staff together in our modern, open plan office in central London.  

Our people are our strength and that is why we are committed to creating a friendly, inclusive culture where every individual has the opportunity to develop and make a real difference to our firm and our clients. Successful client relationships depend on the quality of our staff. So we are looking for great communicators, problem-solvers and collaborators who are keen to continually update their skills and knowledge.  

Right from the beginning you will be working on challenging projects, with sectors ranging from Creative, Media and Technology through to Property, Hospitality, Professional Institutes and Membership Bodies and Charities. At manager level you have the chance to specialise in your chosen sector.

Personal care and attention really matter to us. We aim to help all our clients improve the way they work and achieve their goals and we will do the same for you. You will be assigned a staff partner and counselling manager from day one, to support your career and development with regular feedback and performance appraisals.

Successful candidates will have strong communication skills and will be client facing with a natural flair for business and current affairs. We will help you develop your professional skills with on-the-job coaching, study support and top class training to give you the strongest possible foundation for your future career.

What we offer you

On our graduate training scheme you will:

  • Gain practical first-hand client experience in a variety of sectors 
  • Have paid support while you study with external tutors towards a professional qualification
  • Have training to gain technical and personal skills
  • Enjoy a competitive salary and benefits package

We offer the opportunity to study for the ACA where you will be working towards gaining membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW).

The work experience you will gain from our award winning audit department will be first class. Working both autonomously and as part of a team your main responsibilities will be to deliver audit, accounting and advisory services to our clients. Over the years we have built strong, close and enduring relationships with our clients and they value us as trusted advisers.

Most of our work is undertaken at the client’s offices, our clients are varied and so are their locations. This means you should expect up to 14 weeks of away jobs where you will stay in a hotel with other members of the team. You will learn new skills on each audit you complete and have the support of an experienced senior with a manager at hand. As your knowledge and expertise develops with each audit you complete your areas of responsibility will increase, offering a clear progression route taking you beyond your training agreement.

One-year industrial placement

Would you like to experience working in a professional environment as an audit trainee before you embark on the final year of your degree?

haysmacintyre take on undergraduates to experience a one year industrial placement within our audit department.   

You will have completed the first two years of a degree and your goal is to achieve an industrial placement in a professional environment before embarking on your final year of your degree.  

The recruitment process and academic criteria have the same requirements as our graduate scheme, and you will be working towards achieving a 2:1 degree. 

The industrial placement will join with our graduate Autumn intake each year and after a period of induction training you will commence the role of an audit trainee.

Why did you chose haysmacintyre for your industrial placement?

Dale Hunnings, Audit Industrial Placement

"I decided early on that I would rather a career in a mid-tier firm and from there I began my research into haysmacintyre after seeing that they had won mid-tier firm of the year in 2014 and were a 2015 finalist for best accountancy employer. I was then impressed with their wide range of clients and specifically their large portfolio of charitable organisations."

We are currently recruiting for our Autumn 2018 industrial placement.

How do I apply?

haysmacintyre continually recruit graduates throughout the year to join our graduate training schemes. Competition is high so we encourage you to apply early. 

We need confident highly motivated individuals with drive, enthusiasm and a strong academic background. You will have:

  • GCSE English and Maths grade B or above
  • Minimum 300 UCAS Tariff points (or equivalent) from 3 A levels in one sitting excluding General Studies. Maths A level preferred.
  • Expecting or achieved a 2:1 degree in any discipline

If you have the ability and application, we can provide everything the successful candidate requires to qualify for a future career with haysmacintyre.

Our graduate recruitment site enables you to complete our application form online. If you are looking for a demanding career in a friendly environment apply now.

We are currently recruiting for our Autumn 2018 and January 2019 intake.

Please apply here >

Life at haysmacintyre

At haysmacintyre we look to achieve the right balance between work and play.  With regular staff briefings to keep you up to date with the firm’s progress to regular social events, there is something for everyone. 

Our CSR programme is an important step in ensuring we work with our clients, employees and other stakeholders, to better support our local community and reduce our impact on our environment. As a firm, we nominate a charity of the year and support them in a variety of ways.

We hold formal and informal social events throughout the year. These include, but are not limited to softball matches, Summer parties, Christmas parties and games evenings.

Why do graduates choose to work with us? Read Junior's Q&A below to find out.

Junior Satimburwa, Apprentice

Why did you choose accountancy?

"Accounting offers a fast paced and often changing environment which was big factor for me because I didn’t want to have a job which keeps you in the office 24/7. Auditing also offers exposure to many different clients and people which is something that I really enjoy."

Why did you choose haysmacintyre?

"I chose the firm because of their position as a leading mid-tier firm who are still small enough to provide personal and responsive service to their clients."

What do you actually do?

"There are two aspects of the job; being in the office and being on an audit. The office has led me to having a number of responsibilities including casting accounts, rolling over files as well as land registry searches and company’s house searches. Being out on audits means that I have to shadow my senior, doing work on what is required for each client. Guidance is offered throughout the audit by the seniors who teach you how to ‘audit’ as you progress through your career."

What skills do you need to be successful?

"One of the most important skill is the ability to confidently converse with people because it bodes well for audits with clients and being in office working with other people. This naturally means you will not fear asking questions which is vital in the role as there is a lot to learn especially being an apprentice. In addition you have to be adaptable being able to alter your approach when dealing with people and difficult situations."

What’s your best piece of advice?

"You have to be willing to work hard in order to achieve the end goal - being a qualified accountant. It will not be an easy process so you need to be driven and self-motivated in order to succeed. Finally be prepared to learn and develop your skills as it will all be new to an apprentice as it was for me."


What are the minimum entry requirements?

Candidates should be studying towards or achieved a minimum 2:1 degree in any discipline along with a minimum of 300 UCAS Tariff points or equivalent from three A levels in one sitting, Maths A Level preferred (not including General Studies).

What if I do not meet your entry requirements?

We are unable to take applications further if they do not meet our minimum entry requirements. We have a strict criteria that we adhere to in order to be fair to all our candidates.

Do you offer placements or work experience?

We do not offer any Summer placements or work experience opportunities.

I have sent my application form through and would like to make some changes is this possible.

Yes, please keep us updated of any changes to your circumstances in particular your contact details.

What is the application process?

Once you have completed the online application form, if you are successful, you will be invited to have a telephone interview. The next stage is an interview here at our office, followed by a final stage assessment day.

At the assessment day we have a number of exercises for you to take part in which include an in-house aptitude test and a commercial awareness exercise.

We will aim to get back to you within the week following your assessment day.

What will my starting salary be?

Our salaries are competitive within the market. To ensure information is current please contact the HR Department at the time of interest.

How is the salary progressed?

Your salary will be reviewed annually. As a trainee you can expect to see pay rises as you progress towards qualification and gain further work experience.

What is my annual leave?

You are entitled to 22 days holiday plus bank holidays with the opportunity to purchase up to five additional days annual leave.

What is the firm’s dress code?

The firm operates a smart business dress code and requires all staff to dress appropriately.