Best | most popular consulting firms for graduates in Australia

12 June 2017

The four largest accountancy and consultancy groups of the globe – the Big Four – are the most popular consulting employers in Australia. Consulting remains a popular industry to work in for Australian graduates: ten of the top 100 graduate employers are active in the advisory industry.

The Top 100 Graduate Employers list, compiled by Australian Financial Review (AFR) in association with graduate employment website GradConnection, was created from the feedback of nearly 38,000 graduates in the country.

For the second year in a row, Deloitte was the most popular choice, hanging on to first place with 18% of those surveyed expressing a preference to work there. The firm, who recently purchased Australian digital communications company The Explainers, as consultancies spread into the design advisory market, was joined by a variety of its rivals in the top ten. Fellow Big Four giants PwC polled second on 15%, fourth with KPMG registering 13%, and EY at 6th with 8.2%.

Preventing consulting firms dominating the top five entirely, newcomers Aldi polled a rating of 11.4% to see the supermarket sit 5th in the table. Technology giants IBM meanwhile ranked second with 14% of respondents considering Big Blue as their ideal employers), while Accenture ranked eighth on 7%. Engineering experts meanwhile performed well, with professional service firm Jacobs attracted interest from 7% of graduates, and a similar number looking favourably at building materials and services company Hilti of 6.6%. The companies sit 9th and 10th respectively, reflecting strong interest in engineering and construction among graduates thanks to a boom in diverse activities of the building and infrastructure industries. 

Top consulting firms for graduates in Australia

Financial advisory group Westpac (13th), engineering consultants AECOM (14th) and Aurecon (18th) and professional service firm Protiviti (20th), a subsidiary of recruitment firm Robert Half, also made the upper fifth of the list. Other consulting firms that according to Australian graduates are a top employer are FTI Consulting, France headquartered Capgemini, and accounting and consulting firms BDO and Grant Thornton.

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Away from the consulting industry meanwhile the government sector remained a strong, with the Queensland Government sparking interest from 7% of graduates, while other government agencies show a solid following, including the Australian Taxation Office (4%), NSW Government (3%), Australian Bureau of Statistics (3%), Department of Defence (3%) and Reserve Bank of Australia (2%).

Among criteria students sought to meet in prospective careers, students cited a variety of reasons, with the most dominant predictably being opportunities to build experience and to cultivate a pathway to future promotions.

However, another less conventional draw was the possibility of travel as part of work – which undoubtedly also worked in the favour of consultancies. A recent survey stated managing consultant was the best job for travel-lovers, with the role’s £55,236 average annual earnings complimenting the 80% travel time spent on the job.


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10 leading consulting companies to work for in the UK

10 April 2019

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).