Accenture to hire 5,000 army veterans in US by 2020

06 July 2015

Accenture has announced ambitious plans to hire 5,000 US veterans by 2020, adding to the more than 1,000 former members of the US armed forces that are currently employed by the consulting firm. To recruit the veterans, the firm launched several military recruitment programmes and set up a dedicated recruitment team.

For Accenture, and for consulting firms* in general, ex-military personnel can prove very valuable for the business as they possess a range of valuable mental and competency skills. Ellyn Shook, Chief Human Resources Officer at Accenture, explains: “As a talent-led business, we know the lessons that military men and women learn – including leadership, discipline and teamwork – are an excellent fit with the work we do for clients. We welcome that experience, and we offer veterans a wide range of rewarding career opportunities, tailored resources to help them transition to Accenture and a dynamic environment in which to learn and grow their skills.”

Benefits of hiring veterans

Ambitious recruitment plans
To reach its goal of hiring 5,000 US veterans and military spouses in the next five years, Accenture recently launched a number of initiatives aimed at recruiting “former active-duty personnel and current reservists who possess the experience, skills or just the aptitude to be successful in a technology, operations or consulting career.”

One initiative is the Accenture Veteran Technology Training Program that helps veterans become Java programmers, another is the Accenture Student Veteran Programme that aims at attracting veterans who are pursuing undergraduate and MBA degrees, and a third is the Accenture Junior Military Officer Programme that targets current military officers with three to seven years of leadership experience.

Accenture US hire 5,000 veterans by 2020

In addition to the recently launched programmes, the firm has formed a dedicated team focused on attracting the best talent from the military community and works with dozens of military-focused non-profit organisations and attends career fairs across the country.

Military friendly
Accenture’s efforts of recruiting veterans and providing them an environment for success has not gone unnoticed as the firm has been ranked #38 in the Best for Vets Employer 2015 list and #82 in the top 100 Military Friendly Employers 2015 list.

* Professionals services firms EY and Deloitte also have ex-military programme, with EY recruiting veterans for its programme in the UK, while Deloitte has its own Military Transition and Talent Programme.


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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.”