The 25 most important IT consulting firms in Germany

24 August 2015

The 25 largest IT consulting firms in Germany have performed well last year, growing their combined revenues by 3.2% to a total of €9.8 billion. IBM GBS, Accenture and T-Systems are with a distance the market leaders in the technology consultancy domain, holding a 40% share of the top 25.

Every year Lünendonk, a German-origin analyst firm, assesses the state of the IT consulting sector in the country, with a particular focus on the top of the market. The analysts look at amongst others the revenue, profit, and workforce of the 25 most important players*.

German IT Consulting & Systems Integrations Market

An analysis on Lünendonk’s data reveals that last year the top 25 IT consultancies and systems integrators jointly reaped revenues of €9.8 billion, which accounts for about a quarter of the German IT advisory and services market. The total number of professionals employed by the market leaders stands at just over 52,000 – roughly 1,700 more than the previous year – with IBM Global Business Services (6,800) and Accenture (5,850) the largest employers. Overall the combined revenue of the top 25 firms grew by 3.2%, while the average firm growth amounted to 7.2%.

In the top of the market there have some been shifts of power. 2013’s market leader T-Systems slipped to third spot following a 13% decline in sales as part of a company-wide realignment. IBM GBS is hence the new number #1, while Accenture climbs to second place on the back of a 10% growth in income. French-origin IT powerhouses Atos and Capgemini conclude the top five, although they have switched positions.

German IT Consulting & Systems Integrations Firms

The remaining spots in the top 10 have remained relatively stable, with msg systems, CSC, Hewlett-Packard and Allgeier maintaining their top 10 position. Arvato Systems jumps into the top 10, holding 9th spot, thrusted by an 18% growth rate, taking its revenue to €337 million, however, still less than a quarter of IBM GBS’s income.

The positions 11 to 20 include several large global firms, including Indian companies Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services, Canadian-origin CGI (building on the acquisition of Logica in Germany) and US-headquartered NTT Data. Itelligence, a Bielefeld-based IT consultancy, can call itself the fastest grower of the top 25, bringing it to the 15th spot in this year’s edition. Reply Group, number 24 on the list, is the only newcomer in the ranking (after two years of absence), displacing Cologne-headquartered Seven Principles.

Overall, 18 of the top 25 IT consulting firms managed to increase their sales, of which 10 companies even managed to book a growth of 10% or more. One firm kept its revenue on par (SQS), while six IT advisories had to face declining sales. The positive development of the top 25 players is according to the authors closely related to the improving economic climate and the growing demand for IT transformations. “Most client organisations are currently investing in technology and expanding their digital strategy elements such as Mobile, Big Data and Cloud,” write the researchers.

Top 4 - 25 IT Consulting & Systems Integration Firms in Germany

Going forward the German IT consulting market is forecasted to continue its growth trajectory, with the top 25 players well positioned to capitalise on the potential. "Well-established IT consultancy firms will in the long run benefit from a stronger pipeline of orders, which will reflect in the sales figures of companies,” state the authors, although no clear-cut growth forecast has been released for 2015 and beyond. 

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Earlier this month, featured a similar analysis on the audit, tax and financial advisory landscape in Germany, a market that is worth nearly €6.4 billion.

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Six attractive professional services firms to work for in UK

23 April 2019

Consulting firms dominate the 25 companies named by LinkedIn as the most attractive organisations to work for in Britain. JLL, Engie, CBRE, Atkins, Schroders and GE each made the grade, with the professional services sector putting in the strongest showing of any industry in the UK.

Each year, the editors and data scientists of social business platform LinkedIn examine which firms are the most attractive to job seekers, as well as which are the best at retaining their talent. Utilising information gathered from billions of actions taken by more than 433 million members, LinkedIn leverages a data-driven approach to consider what members are doing – not just saying – in their search for fulfilling careers. The result is the Top Companies list, an annual ranking of the most sought-after companies – now in its fifth year.

Each of the previous incarnations of the list has seen a strong showing from the UK consulting industry, with its contingent including McKinsey & Company, EYBoston Consultancy Group and Accenture in 2018. This year has seen the sector continue to see its stock rise, with the diversity of the sector’s workload buoying six professional services firms which were not on the previous ranking to prominence.

Analysing the anonymised actions of British-based LinkedIn members, the company determined which firms were the most attractive through four main pillars: interest in the company, engagement with the company’s employees, job demand and employee retention. As a result of this, real estate professional services firm JLL was found to be the most attractive consulting firm to LinkedIn members in the UK.

Six most attractive professional services firms to work for in UK

Ranked sixth in the overall list of companies, 2018 saw the commercial real estate services consultancy expand its London-based Ratings practice in anticipation of growing demand for real estate valuations in the UK. JLL, which boasts a global headcount of 82,000, holds UK locations in London, Norwich and Manchester, and the firm was recently named one of the world’s most ethical companies for the 12th year in a row by The Ethisphere Institute. 

Sitting 10th in LinkedIn’s ranking, Engie is a French multinational professional services firm, headquartered in La Défense, Courbevoie. While the firm primarily operates in utilities – specifically in the fields of electricity generation and distribution, natural gas, nuclear, renewable energy and petroleum – its investment in cleaner tech has also seen it come to offer a host of engineering consulting services, including feasibility studies, engineering, project management and client support. The firm’s 19,000 UK staff work from offices in London, Leeds and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

With a global headcount of 90,000, CBRE, which was ranked 13th by LinkedIn, is a real estate advisory firm, with UK offices in London, Birmingham and Glasgow. The firm oversaw the sale of a number of major locations over the course of 2018, including a key residential site in North Leigh, and an office belonging to the British Steel Pension Fund.

Atkins, which was listed 23rd, is a British professional services firm which was purchased by the SNC-Lavalin Group for £2.1 billion in 2017. With 7,300 employees in the UK, Atkins operates from locations in London, Bristol, Kingston-upon-Thames, and offers services in engineering, operations, programme and project management. Late in 2018, the firm was named one of the top employers in the UK for working mothers, receiving plaudits for its innovation in flexible working from

Schroders, a global asset management firm with UK offices in London, Bromley, Chelmsford, ranked 24th. Asset management is a fast-expanding segment of consulting, and according to LinkedIn, 43% of the professional services firm’s staff have been at the company for at least six years, while nearly a third of UK roles were filled with internal candidates in 2017. Schroders boasts a global headcount of 4,600.

Finally, multifaceted professional services firm GE was ranked 25th. The engineering, operations, information technology and advisory firm has its hand in everything from energy to health care – where it was recently nominated for a prize at the 2019 Management Consultancies Association Awards. The long-standing conglomerate said 2019 is set to be a “reset year”, while it seeks to revamp its power-related businesses at the same time that it builds on strong growth within the aviation scene.

Other sectors

Elsewhere, the financial services industry saw a high level of representation in LinkedIn’s ranking. JP Morgan was listed in second place, while Barclays, Goldman Sachs and Aviva also made the grade. This represents a decline of one listing since 2018’s figures, perhaps reflecting the uncertainty surrounding the UK’s financial sector, amid the continued twists and turns of the Brexit saga.

Retail saw a slight rebound on its decimation in last year’s ranking. Having seemingly fallen out of favour in 2018, Sainsbury’s returned this year, sitting in third place. It was joined in the top 25 by fellow ‘Big Four’ supermarket Asda – though the news that some 60,000 Asda staff could be in line to lose their paid lunch breaks under new contracts could well see the company drop off the list in 2020. Marks & Spencer also made the list. The historically up-market supermarket now runs a work-placement programme called Marks & Start, which helps single parents, people with disabilities and the homeless to build careers within the company.

Healthcare and pharmaceuticals saw three entrants in the list too. Britain’s 50 fastest-growing privately-owned pharmaceutical companies have all increased sales by at least 10% in each of their last two financial years, facing down headwinds such as Brexit and NHS spending pressures to deliver rapid growth. GSK represented the pharmaceutical sector in fourth place, while Bupa and Johnson & Johnson stood for the healthcare and hospital industry in fifth and 16th respectively.

While the technology sector ultimately hosted the ranking’s top performer, Amazon, the only other sector incumbent was Google parent company Alphabet, in 19th. Salesforce and Dell Technologies, meanwhile, dropped off the ranking, having both been present in 2018.

The oil and energy sector’s representation is supplemented by hybrid firm Engie; however, the sector only fielded two pure-play members. BP, in eighth, and Shell, in 11th, have both spent time attempting to diversify in recent years, prompted by public image crises relating to the negative impact of fossil fuels on the planet, as well declining oil prices and the rising demand for renewable energy. These dynamics have, in turn, led to new skills coming into demand within the companies. 

Finally, the list was rounded off by singular representatives of five separate industries. Representing leisure in 12th was TUI, followed by food producer Associated British Foods (17th), building materials firm Travis Perkins (20th), telecommunications giant BT (21st) and utilities firm Centrica (22nd).