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KPMG to hire 500 people in its Chicago office

Updated: October 21, 2012 2:41PM

KPMG will add 500 jobs in Chicago over the next five years, which will expand its workforce here from 1,800 to 2,300, the audit, tax and advisory firm will announce today as it unveils its new Chicago headquarters in the Aon building downtown.

KPMG is “adding positions across audit, tax and advisory businesses representing both campus and experienced hiring,” spokesman Timothy Connolly said.

The Big Four accounting firm recently signed a long-term lease to remain downtown and has added 400 jobs here since 2010. Chicago is its second largest U.S. office.

KPMG recognizes Chicago’s importance as a global city, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement.

“KPMG is another great example of a global firm recognizing Chicago’s importance as a global city, and committing to be a part of the city’s future,” the mayor said in a press release.

Since Emanuel took office, 35 private sector companies have announced multi-year plans to hire more than 20,000 employees.

KPMG will host its International Partners’ Conference for the first time in Chicago Thursday and Friday. The conference will bring close to 800 people, including 500 leaders from KPMG’s 85 member firms from around the world. In the past, the conference has been held in cities including Rome and Shanghai. To kick off the conference KPMG is working with World Business Chicago to foster a discussion on economic development, the firm said.

Contributing: City Hall Reporter Fran Spielman

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