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Consultancy firms dominate top graduate employer rankings

Published: Wednesday, 14 October 2015   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

PwC has topped The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers ranking for a twelfth straight year, but it is only one of 14 consultancies to make the list.

A number of well-known strategy consultancies and all of the so-called Big 4 appear in the rankings, providing plenty of opportunities for graduates.

The rankings identify which firms are sought-after by recent graduates and has been completed annually since its creation in 1999.

Interestingly, only three employers have topped the ranking in that time frame, with Accenture and Civil Service the only ones to echo the achievement of PwC.

More than 18,400 graduates were questioned by High Fliers Research as part of the 17th edition of the ranking.

The results are based upon answers given by 2015 graduates to the question: “Which employer do you think offers the best opportunities for graduates?”

PwC is one of the leading graduate employers in the UK and has close ties with many universities – a factor that is reflected by its high position in the rankings.

The Big 4 consultancy firms all featured inside the top ten, with Deloitte in sixth, EY in eighth and KPMG in ninth.

Of the ten other consultancy firms to appear in the top 100, four were ranked in higher positions than a year previously while there were two new companies to feature.

Newton Europe rose from 98th position a year ago to 55th this year, while McKinsey and Company also climbed from 29th to 22nd.

Accenture in 17th and IBM in 21st also gained in popularity while Mott Macdonald in 71st and BDO in 94th debuted in the rankings.

Completing the list of consultancy firms to appear in the rankings were Arup, BCG, Bain and Company, and Grant Thornton.

With many options for career development and progression, consultancy is a popular choice among the class of 2015 graduates.

Grad Plus has a wide range of graduate schemes and other opportunities available for those considering a career in consulting or another sector

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