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TaxFactor: HMRC launches graduate recruitment drive

Press release   •   Sep 24, 2013 10:06 BST

The search begins this week for at least 120 graduates to join HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) as tax trainees.

The graduates will join a specially-designed four-year Tax Professional Development Programme, gaining skills across all of HMRC’s activities. This could include working with specialist teams investigating tax fraud, unravelling complex tax avoidance schemes, looking at the tax affairs of big businesses, while also gaining general business skills. 

Last year nearly 16,000 applicants applied for 200 places on the programme.

HMRC is launching its recruitment drive with an advertising campaign and visits to more than 30 university careers fairs across the country.

Edward Troup, Tax Assurance Commissioner and second Permanent Secretary at HMRC, said:

"No two days are the same at HMRC and we think this is what attracts so many applicants every year.

"One day you could be working on criminal investigations or statistical forecasting, the next you might be challenging an avoidance scheme from a blue chip company.

"We are looking for graduates to join our 65,000 staff in the vital work of bringing in £476 billion in tax from 30 million taxpayers and 4.8 million businesses.

"What HMRC does has an impact on every single person and business in Britain and is vital to ensuring the UK has the money to fund public services."

Graduates can find out about the Tax Professional Development Programme at and at HMRC’s Tax Professional Graduate Facebook page at

Applications close on 29 November.

Notes to editors

1.  HMRC was voted Most Popular Graduate Recruiter in Banking, Insurance and Financial Services at the 2013 Targetjobs National Recruitment Awards, and improved its Guardian ranking from 60 to 42.

2.  In 2013 HMRC was listed in the Top 50 employers for women by The Times, and was named by Stonewall as one of the top 100 gay-friendly employers in the UK.

3. Follow HMRC on Twitter @HMRCgovuk

4. HMRC’s flickr channel


Issued by HM Revenue & Customs Press Office

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is the UK’s tax authority.

HMRC is responsible for making sure that the money is available to fund the UK’s public services and for helping families and individuals with targeted financial support.