McKinsey recruiting for Business Technology Practice

17 April 2015

With disruptive technology rapidly changing the mould of many traditional businesses model, consulting companies with experts in the respective fields continue to see demand for their services grow. To stay competitive, McKinsey & Company UK recently announced it is looking to acquire MBAs with tech experience to join the firm as associates in its London office.

McKinsey & Company is one of the most prestigious consulting firms of the globe. The world, however, is changing rapidly with disruptive technologies creating unexpected competition and rapidly changing the rules of the game in industries so far affected – for instance consider the effect of Uber on the taxi industry or the impact of sharing economy concepts as Airbnb for a plethora of industries.

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As part of wider research into the consulting industry, Source Information Services found that the UK consulting industry as a whole grew 6.6% to £6 billion last year, with in particular the technology sector seeing strong growth of 7.7% last year. The trend is reinforced by recent research from the Management Consultancies Association, revealing that digital and technology services now account for a quarter of consulting firms’ income – with many looking to develop specialist teams through acquiring start-ups or through forming internal teams.  

In line with its ambition to grow its market position in the UK – one of McKinsey’s key global hubs – the strategy consultancy has drafted an ambitious recruitment target to attract MBA graduates to its London office to take on the role of technology associate within its so-called Business Technology Office (BTO). The practice was founded in 1997, and has since in the light of the growing role of IT grown strongly, to the current ~800 consultants in 50 offices in more than 25 countries. The advisory is particularly interested in those with five or more years’ experience in a technology company, and analytical and quantitative problem-solving skills. The aim of the hires will be bolster its offerings in the realm of disruptive technologies, big data, social media and cloud computing which in recent years have been opening up new service lines, and jobs.

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Carmen Gonzalez, associate director of ESADE Career Services, one of the academic institutions which serves a hunting ground for McKinsey, says: “Consulting firms are also looking for candidates who are able to think outside the box and make creative assumptions, rather than simply following standardised frameworks.”


Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

05 April 2019

A pair of Bristol-based consulting firms have been recognized for having among the UK’s best office break areas. People Source Consulting and Ashville were marked out for their vibrant and fun spaces, which feature table games, picnic areas, and even beer.

With competition for talent in the UK continuing to heat up – as the nation continues to enjoy its highest employment rate since the 1970s – firms have been upping their game on multiple fronts to help attract the cream of the crop. In order to successfully court the best candidates, companies are not only taking into account pay and benefits, but are also working to lure potential employees to their firms with the promise of innovative and vibrant work spaces.

In late 2018, employment website Glassdoor announced ten offices had been named the coolest places to work in the UK. Among those lauded for their work in enriching the working day of their employees was Capco – the only consultancy to make the grade.

Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

Now,, a leading games room specialist based in the UK, has announced the ten offices it believes have made the cut for its inaugural Office Breakout of the Year competition. The contest has pitted a diverse range of companies against one another to be named the best office-based breakout space that the UK has to offer. Research from recently revealed that 65% of workers would consider switching employers for a better working environment, making the appearance of two consultancies on the list especially important for their recruitment ambitions.

People Source Consulting – a recruitment business from Bristol – hosts a brightly lit and vibrant space, complete with faux grass and picnic benches, along with a well-stocked beverage fridge – alcohol appears to be an option – as well as an array of tabletop games, including pool. Ashville, an asset management consultancy also based in Bristol, meanwhile boasts a break room decked out with table football, a table tennis court and even arcade machines.

Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

The other eight finalists exhibit offerings including swinging hammocks, scooters and a bizarre and brilliant variety of other features. The other nominees are accessplanit – a software business from Lancaster; Digital 22 – a marketing and design agency from Clitheroe; Roc Search – a tech and engineering recruitment specialist from Reading; Sales-i – a provider of sales analytics software from Solihull; SEC Group – an office fit out company from Stevenage; SLG Brands – a portfolio of beauty brands with a head office in Cheltenham; Zest Digital – a digital marketing agency from Oxford; and 16i – a digital design agency also from Cheltenham.

Andy Beresford, MD of, said, “According to recent reports, the UK is currently seeing record levels of employment, and while that might be a great statistic, the knock-on effect is that it’s becoming harder and harder to recruit top talent… Being named as a finalist gives those shortlisted businesses the opportunity to showcase how they go about delivering a better working environment for their employees, with some top effort evidently involved judging by what we’ve seen.”