A loyal reader, who is thinking of applying to the HMRC graduate scheme, posted this message on this site yesterday.
Given that it raises a series of good questions, and that it is asking for help and advice from other loyal readers, I have posted it again in full below in order to give it greater prominence.
Please help the reader by providing honest answers.
I am considering applying for the HMRC graduate scheme (yes i know I'm like the devil but someone has to do it!)
Im trying to obtain some advice and guidance as to whether HMRC is -
1) a good employer to work for in terms of guidance, training and support etc
2) Whether making a move to HMRC is a wise choice in terms of my career as I have heard once your in HMRC you're stuck!
3) What are the opportunities for progression past the grade 6/7 within HMRC (and would i want to go that far) or alternatively if I wanted to resign, would this be an easy step to take, and do i have to be at a certain level to be even considered for roles outside of HMRC.
Currently I am studying the ACA qualification and are not far off from qualifying, and work within audit and accounts which I do enjoy.
I am not sure whether to remain in this sector or to move to HMRC due to better career progression, prospects, pay, benefits etc.
I can see the statistics above but these are not very specific and I don't really want to base my choice entirely on this without gaining some advice as to what actually the issues and are why HMRC are so 'shite' to work for.
Any help or advice from ex HMRC employees or current HMRC employees or anyone that knows anything about working for HMRC etc is much appreciated.
Tax does have to be taxing.
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