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HMRC seeks new wave of tax talent

6th Oct 2014
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HMRC has opened its doors for a new wave of 250 graduates to enter its four-year Tax Specialist Programme.

It is seeking graduates from any discipline with at least a 2:2 degree to join its programme. 

This, HMRC said, is due to wanting those working at the department "to reflect the Britain they serve. "It takes all kinds to successfully run an organisation as complex and vital as HMRC," it said.

The scheme launched last year and had more than 11,000 applications for its 200 places. 

Successful applicants can expect a starting salary of at least £27,000, and after the four years a job at the Revenue in a senior Grade 7 position. 

Applications close for entries at midnight on 26 November. Those who make it through the three-stage process to the final 250 will start work in September 2015. 

The scheme leads to work as either a generalist tax professional, or a specialist in technical or investigative work. The Revenue was placed 42nd out of 300 Guardian UK graduate employers in 2013/14. 

Training will include practical work in an "experienced team", formal study days, self-study modules and office work. 

The trainees are being taken on in most major UK cities including London, Cardiff, Bristol, Reading, Edinburgh, Belfast and Hull. 

All British, EEA, Commonwealth, Swiss and in some circumstances, Turkish citizens are welcome to apply. 

Second permanent secretary of HMRC Edward Troup said of the department's biggest intake yet: “We're looking for bright, motivated graduates who want to play a part in collecting the money that makes the UK’s vital public services run.”

The Revenue also has a very active social media presence, with a large Facebook group specifically for graduates, with a banner simply entitled "Never a dull day".

What do you think of Revenue's approach to employing new graduate talent? 


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By johnjenkins
06th Oct 2014 10:39

More Civil Servants

that don't have a clue.

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By justsotax
06th Oct 2014 12:34

A 'new wave' or
Just more clueless civil servants with no idea of the real world and even less idea of the real tax issues for micro businesses.

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By kenatnam
06th Oct 2014 12:37

Swiss & Turks to reflect Britain?

And it shows the lack of comprehension of the real world that they are looking graduates straight from Uni instead of graduates with at least 10 years post grad experience in the private sector......who could truly reflect the "Britain they serve".

Oh, and who says that only people who have been to Uni would have the experience or knowledge to reflect this Britain?

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By johnporter
06th Oct 2014 13:14


Does a 2;2 in hairdressing or Drama count etc count?

With the number of next to useless degrees being offered would it not make more sense to take someone from school with decent highers & train them up in Tax & Accountancy & communication skills which are generally lacking

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By vinylnobbynobbs
06th Oct 2014 14:01

Reflect the Britain They Serve

Yet more Newspeak from HMRC.  No mention of customer service though?

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By ireallyshouldknowthisbut
06th Oct 2014 14:19


Whilst I would agree HMRC ought to look to recruit from "old hands" who have actually been around the block in many roles, this seems to be a reversal of the current policy to just employ "cheap is best".

Grads are better than numpties however. 

Quite amused to see an "experienced team" is going to train them.  I thought all of those had been sacked a few years ago. 

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By mikefleming3028
06th Oct 2014 15:08

Brightest of the bright

Lets just suppose they manage to recruit some very good graduates and then manage to train them to do exactly what it says on HMRC`s tin, how long will the best of the best hang around working for HMRC when they could double or treble their salary and or prospects working in the private sector? As for training them to look into the tax affairs of large Multinational Companies all I can say is look at HMRC`s history of prosecutions over the last 12,24 or even 36 mths and you won`t find a single large Company facing any kind of prosecution more likely they would be given the opportunity to participate in a COP9 style review with the usual promise of a financial settlement instead of someone going to jail. If Joe public was made aware of how such cases were dealt  with I am sure there would be outrage.         

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By vinylnobbynobbs
06th Oct 2014 15:22

National Service

Perhaps the Government should indent (Press gang?) experienced tax professionals from industry and private practice for 5 years - a sort of taxation national service. 

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By the_Poacher
06th Oct 2014 19:54

Pay never increases
What they don't make clear is that there are no pay scales any more so you start on the minimum and that's where you stay. Only second raters apply now

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By mikefleming3028
07th Oct 2014 11:14

Check out

Page 52 in the October issue of CIOT tax Adviser where HMRC have placed and advert to recruit "Senior Tax Professionals, the two  interesting bits in the advert are the job description and the Salary on offer. Any Senior Tax Professionals out there who may be tempted  will have to be quick as the closing date for applications is 19th October.    

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By Exector
07th Oct 2014 16:55

And how many FT Inspectors did they let go?

250 is a drop in the ocean compared to the numbers of Fully Trained Inspectors that HMRC dumped overboard in the dash for cash after its formation. And it will be 5 years before they are fully effective and many of them will depart as soon as trained.

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By Conor Crowe
13th Oct 2014 17:13

Tax specialists??

Surely it would make more sense to look at graduates who have completed an accounting or business degree? Taking graduates from random degrees and putting them through the process means they will be harder to train and will take longer to grasp it? But odd for me.

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