Eight consulting firms in Top 50 Employers for Women in the UK

15 May 2017 Consultancy.uk

Eight high-profile consultancy companies have been names in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women in the UK. The annual unranked selection of firms acknowledges UK employers that are seen to target gender equality within their business strategy, and seeks to highlight consistent commitment to creating inclusive workplace cultures and progressing women in the workplace, across all levels of an organisation.

The latest selection was published by British broadsheet The Times in partnership with Business in the Community (BITC) a member of the Prince of Wales’ Responsible Business Network as part of the charity’s Responsible Business Week. Entry is by self-nomination and open to any employer with a presence and activity in the UK. Employers supply detailed information on how they are working towards gender equality in their workplace, spanning strategy, objectives, leadership and gender balance at every level.

Only the 50 organisations identified as Top Employers are eligible to be considered for a Business in the Community Gender Equality Award (BCGEA). Among the groups to make the prestigious short-list were the eventual BCGEA winners, consumer goods producers Unilever, telecommunications giants Vodafone and BT, trusted retailers Marks and Spencer and the Post Office, and state institutions like Royal Mail and MI5 however a number of professional service groups also made the cut.

Accenture, joint runners up for the BCGEA, has a company board for the UK & Ireland comprised of 40% female members, and the organisation is aiming to reach 50% gender equality at all levels by 2030, while in 2016, 44% of new recruits were women, a 26% increase on 2014 levels.

Top 50 Employers for Women in the UK

Joining Accenture on the 50-company short-list were US-headquartered strategy consulting firm McKinsey & Company, whose decade-long “Women Matter” research programme continues to highlight gender diversity in the workplace, along with all constituent members of the “Big Four” in the professional services industry. EY, KPMG, PwC and Deloitte, all returned to the list having been named in previous years, highlighting the professional service elite’s continued commitment to equality in the workplace.

Commenting on Deloitte’s continued presence amongst the 50 employers, Emma Codd, a Managing Partner for Talent at Deloitte, said, “Last year, we became one of the first large firms in the UK to report our gender pay gap, giving us the opportunity to show not only that we fully understood why we have a gap, but also the significant actions we are taking to close it. All of these actions are focused on driving meaningful and long-term change within our firm.”

Laura Hinton, head of people at PwC, remarked on the firm’s inclusion: “We’re committed to gender equality and the wider inclusion agenda is a key part of our business strategy. While it’s pleasing to be recognised by The Times and BITC for our on-going work on gender diversity, there is still more to do, and we continue to review and evolve our approach to ensure we will build on our achievements to date.”

“Diversity and inclusion is placed at the heart of our global and UK business strategy, which our business leaders are committed to and accountable for. Publicly we set targets for our UK business, which aims to have at least 30% female and 10% BME representation in our new partner intake, measured over a rolling three year period. Progress against these targets is reported annually,” said Maggie Stilwell, EY’s managing partner for talent.


One company not present on the 2016 list were French technology consultancy Capgemini, who made the grade in 2017 after their American wing received a certification in Economic Dividends for Gender Equality (EDGE) in October 2016, becoming the first professional services group to do so in the United States. Meanwhile, Mercer, a global consulting firm specialising in health and careers, were another new addition to the coveted assortment of companies. In 2014 Mercer created a three-year diversity and inclusion strategy, covering elements such as gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disabilities, and race and ethnicity, while their UK Board is currently made up of five women and two men, including a female CEO and Chair.

Accenture, McKinsey & Company, EY, KPMG, PwC and Deloitte, Capgemini, Mercer

In a release after the UK Top 50 was announced, Mercer stated offering employees flexible working options was key to their success, as well as providing training for line-managers to ensure all employees were working to build a more inclusive workplace, as well as helping them to practice what they preach when assisting clients as a firm specialising in talent management.

“At Mercer we strongly believe that everyone should have equal access to opportunities for development and advancement and we recognise that there are business benefits and positive outcomes of having employees from different backgrounds and life experiences. It’s extremely important to us to be an inclusive workforce that promotes and strives for gender equality,” said Fiona Dunsire, Mercer’s UK CEO.

Reiterating the company’s delight at Mercer’s new Top 50 ranking, Dr Siobhan Martin, Mercer’s UK HR Director said, “We are constantly working to challenge ourselves on how we can be inclusive of all, and to provide appropriate workplace initiatives to help women at every level, this includes our returners plan to support those who have been out of the workplace for an extended period.”

Commenting on the highly selective process of judging the self-nominated applications for the 2017 selection, Kathryn Nawrockyi, Gender Equality Director at BITC, congratulated this year’s successful companies. She concluded, “Their efforts are increasing understanding of the barriers to equality that women face at work, and I hope other employers will follow their lead.”


10 leading consulting companies to work for in the UK

10 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

The UK is home to 100+ leading consulting firms. New analysis reveals the 10 consulting companies that rank as the best industry employers to work for. 

The list of top consultancy employers is based on the views and opinions of employees who were surveyed by The Sunday Times about their experience of their firm’s leadership, workplace environment, development opportunities, wellbeing, pay, benefits and commitment to social responsibility. In the large consulting firms category, two of the Big Four – EY and Deloitte – and Accenture stand out from the rest. Seven other consultancies made the prestigious cut, all of which are small to mid-sized players in the consulting industry. 


Established: 1989
Category: Large consulting firm
Main office: London
Employees: 15,076 

With roots stretching back to 1989, EY now spans over 27 UK offices. The firm supports clients, ranging from small, privately owned companies and global household names, with assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. As part of the firm’s core values, EY looks for people who demonstrate integrity and respect; people with energy, enthusiasm and the courage to lead; and people who build relationships based on doing the right thing. 


Established: 1849
Category: Large consulting firm
Main office: London
Employees: 16,138 

Deloitte employs staff across 150 countries and territories, and its UK operations now span 24 offices. The professional services giant offers services including audit, tax, consulting and financial advisory. Among the firm’s core values are: integrity, outstanding value to markets and clients, commitment to each other, and strength from cultural diversity.


Established: 1989
Category: Large consulting firm
Main office: London
Employees: 10,747 

With employees across 120 countries, Accenture provides a range of services in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations to clients in more than 40 industries. The Dublin-headquartered company believes in attracting, developing and retaining the best talent for the business, valuing diversity, fostering an open working environment and demonstrating integrity at all times.Ten leading consulting companies to work for in the UK

Karmarama (part of Accenture)

Established: 2000
Category: Mid-sized consulting firm
Main office: London
Employees: 245 

Karmarama is a creative agency, since December 2016 part of Accenture Interactive. The firm’s services include advertising, direct and digital marketing, digital design and build, data and analytics, PR, social and innovation. Karmarama is in the market known for its ability to blend creativity, digital and data, to help brands better engage with consumers. 


Established: 2010
Category: Small consulting firm
Main office: London
Employees: 90

Clarasys is a London-based management consulting firm that advises and supports clients with business change, process implementation, project management and other related consultancy services. The firm serves a variety of clients, from small, not-for-profit organisations to multinational corporations. Clarasys differentiates itself through its truly democratic approach, with an elected member from each team providing feedback for their department. 

The Berkeley Partnership

Established: 1990
Category: Small consulting firm
Main office: London
Employees: 90

The Berkeley Partnership is an independent management consultancy providing specialist support for transformational change, working side-by-side with clients to achieve their goals. Clients include a number of FTSE 100 companies, multinationals and government departments, with over 85% of clients using the services of The Berkeley Partnership more than once. 

Abbott Risk Consulting

Established: 2002
Category: Small consulting firm
Main office: Edinburgh
Employees: 69

From 12 sites across the UK and Australia, Abbott Risk Consulting provides safety and risk environment consultancy services to some of the most high-hazard industries in the global economy. The company helps to work out the risk associated with hazardous events, such as oil platforms explosions, train crashes, or accidents affecting nuclear power stations.

Alpha Financial Markets Consulting

Established: 2003
Category: Small consulting firm
Main office: London
Employees: 180 

Alpha Financial Markets Consulting is a provider of specialist consultancy services to the asset and wealth management industry, working with 85% of the world’s top 20 asset managers. In order to attract and retain the very best people, Alpha, which has offices in London, New York, Boston, Paris, Geneva, The Hague, Luxembourg and Singapore, seeks to provide employees with a great experience.

Lane4 Management Group

Established: 1995
Category: Small consulting firm
Main office: Maidenhead
Employees: 193 

Lane4 Management Group is a leading HR consultancy specialised in human performance. The company’s team, based in Buckinghamshire, builds on a track record of achievement in business, psychology and elite sport. Lane4 was founded by British Olympic gold swimmer Adrian Moorhouse, Graham Jones and Adrian Hutchinson. 

NHS Transformation Unit

Established: 2000
Category: Internal consulting firm
Main office: Manchester
Employees: 52 

The Transformation Unit is an internal consultancy of the NHS, based in Manchester. The firm provides consultancy services to the public sector based around strategic transformation and planning; finance and analytics; project and programme management; and organisational strategy and engagement. Services span the complete transformation cycle, from developing a case for change right through to implementing new services or systems. 


The top employers list of The Sunday Times further includes several other professional services firms that also provide consultancy services, including firms with an accounting heritage (Anderson Anderson and Brown, BHP, PKF Cooper Parry, Price Bailey), firms with an engineering heritage (BWB Consulting, Caunton Engineering) and those with a tax heritage (ForrestBrown).