The 50 most innovation friendly countries of the globe

06 October 2015

The UK is the runner up most innovative country in the world, with Switzerland the outright winner, according to the Global Innovation Index. Sweden comes in at number three, the Netherlands four and the US secures fifth place.

The Global Innovation Index, published in a report titled ‘The Global Innovation Index 2015 Effective Innovation Policies for Development’, seeks to identify the most innovative countries and policies that promote innovation. The report is a collaborative effort from a number of different institutions, including those from business as well as government sources. Collaborating on this years’ index among others include Johnson Conrnell University, INSEAD, WIPO and A.T. Kearney.

Innovation index
The Innovation index score is made up of the average across two key metrics along different pillars, representing either innovation inputs or outputs. The input factor captures elements of the national economy that enable innovative activities: (1) institutions, (2) human capital and research, (3) infrastructure, (4) market sophistication, and (5) business sophistication. The output metric provides information about outputs that are the results of innovative activities within the economy: (6) knowledge and technology outputs and (7) creative outputs. Each of these pillars is further divided into sub-pillars which are composed of individual indicators – with a total of 79 indicators used in the development of the index as a whole.

Top 10 innovation countries

Top ten
The report finds that among the top ten performers, not a great deal has changed over recent years. Switzerland remains in the number one spot. The country has the strongest Output Sub-Index, and is represented in the top 25 of almost all indicators. The country benefits from high scores in knowledge & technology outputs (#1) and creative outputs (#3). The UK is the runner up, with strong scores in the market sophistication (#3) and creative outputs (#5). Factors that bring down the country’s score are its institutions (#14) and business sophistication (#13). Individual indicators in which the UK could improve its score within the top 25 are infrastructure (48th), knowledge absorption (30th), and intangible assets (31st). Sweden rounds off the top three and scores very well in knowledge and technology (#2) and creative outputs (#11). The country finds itself within the top 25 of all other metrics except for Trade and competition (#28) and knowledge impact (#28).

The Netherlands comes in at number 4, moving up a spot since last year. The US is fifth also moving up a spot, while Finland moves down two spots to number six. Singapore stays in the number seven spot, while Ireland takes Denmark’s last year’s #8 spot. Luxemburg remains on the number nine spot. Demark comes in at number ten.

Top 11-50 innovation countries

Top 50
The top fifty is made up of a much wider range of countries in terms of their base income level. Whereas the top 20 is made up of mainly Western powers, including, Germany (#12), Iceland (#13), South Korea (#14), New Zealand (#15), Canada (#16) and Australia (#17) Austria (#18), Japan (#19) and Norway (#20), things become more diverse into the 20s.

Eastern European countries, such as Estonia (#23) and Czech Republic (#24) beat out Belgium (#25) and Spain (#27). In the top 30, Malaysia (#32) is only a whisker from Italy (#31). Mauritius (#49) is the only African contenders in the top 50, while the GCC has Saudi Arabia (#44), United Arab Emirates (#47) and Qatar (#50) in the top 50. The Russian Federation (#48) and China (#29) are found relatively far apart – with China, while providing a strong performance, still has some ways to go to catch-up Hong Kong (#11).


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).