This year is the sixteenth edition of the Times ‘Top 100 Graduate Employers’, a ranking that identifies the most popular and prestigious employers in the eyes of graduates in the UK. For the eleventh year in a row, Big 4 firm PwC ranks number one. In total, 12 consulting firms have made the prestigious list, including the other Big 4 players and the well-known strategy consultants.
Top 100 Graduate Employers
The Times ‘Top 100 Graduate Employers’ is a ranking that identifies the most sought–after and prestigious employers in the eyes of graduates in the UK*. The list was first released in 1999, and this year represents its sixteenth edition. For this year’s list, High Fliers Research interviewed 18,336 graduates, who left UK universities in the in the summer of 2014, and asked them the question: “Which employer do you think offers the best opportunities for graduates?” In the research, 1,300 organisations were named, and the 100 with the most votes are listed in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers 2014.
When first released in 1999, Accenture topped the list. Since the launch, the top spot has been shared by just two employers: Civil Service and PwC.
For the eleventh year in a row, big4 firm PwC has been able to secure the first place on the list. Commenting on the nomination, Richard Irwin, Head of Student Recruitment at PwC, says: “We’re incredibly proud of this remarkable achievement. Whilst the graduate job market has changed significantly over the last decade, it’s great to see that students’ opinion of us as a prospective employer has remained consistently high.” The firm’s popularity is also visible by its announcement earlier this year that it had received a record of 24,000 applications for the 1,450 places available.
Other consulting firms in top 100
The complete top 100 of the Graduate Employers list contains 8 other consulting firms. Of these 8 firms, five were able to secure higher places on this year’s list compared to last year, with Grant Thornton securing the biggest win with a rise from the 86th place to the 62nd place, followed by Bain & Company, rising 21 places to number 50 in this year’s list. Boston Consulting Group, Arup and McKinsey & Company also gained popularity and ended up higher than last year. An overview of the consulting firms in the list:
* Note that the Times ranking looks at expectations of graduates, the recently released ‘The Top Companies For Graduate To Work For’ ranking from TheJobCrowd looks at actual experiences.