Yesterday, Deloitte announced it would hire 50,000 employees per year for five years, totaling some 250,000 new jobs worldwide at the company by 2015.
That's almost 140 new hires a day.
By 2015, the company expects to grow to 225,000 total employees from its current roster of 170,000, accounting for standard industry turnover, retirements and natural attrition.
According to CEO Jim Quigley, Deloitte is hiring across all areas: consulting, tax, audit and financial advisory services. For FY 2011, Deloitte is looking to hire in all regions, but it expects growth in priority markets like China and India. Both recent graduates and experienced professionals will be targeted in the hiring bonanza.
Successful job candidates will be "internationally-oriented, diverse in background and skill sets, and have strong teamwork skills," Quigley added.
In a shaky economy -- in any economy, for that matter -- it would perhaps seem foolhardy to add so many new hires. But, the firm has had a "successful year despite challenging economic conditions," Quigley said. "Deloitte's member firms have experienced growth, even double digit growth in certain markets, so we feel well-positioned to continue this trend in FY11."
Revenues increased by 1.8% to $26.6 billion for the fiscal year ended May 31. Though the company saw decreased revenues in its financial services and audit units, consulting revenues more than compensated for the lag: they increased 15% to $7.5 billion.
The firm saw the most growth in Asia and increased demand in Brazil, and saw sliding revenues in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
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