Capita achieves Investors in Young People accreditation

29 January 2016

Capita is the first national firm in England to be recognised with the Investors in Young People accreditation. The recognition comes for its work with young people in its 2012 Capita infrastructure and property partnership contract with the North Tyneside Council. As part of the project, the firm hired a range of local graduates and apprentices, and engaged local NEETs – in a region notorious for high unemployment and low economic growth.

North Tyneside is situated in the North East England. The region is administered by the North Tyneside Council. The borough is home to approximately 203,000 – as of 2014. Following the departure of much of the region’s heavy industry over the past decade, the region has fallen on relatively hard economic times of late, recently ranking at the bottom end of an analysis regarding the long term growth prospects, for employment as well as GVA, of regions in the UK.

Capita-North Tyneside alliance obtains IIYP accreditation

Investors in Young People (IIYP) is a programme developed in Scotland, aimed at realising the potential of young people and helping them achieve that potential. From the business side, the development of young people provides a pool of potential, and the programme is designed to help employers meet their business goals by harnessing the creativity and skills of young people. IIYP has developed a framework that supports organisations that provide a supportive trajectory for young people – with successful organisations gaining 'Investors in Young People’ accreditation in recognition for their work. The accreditation has since recently been available to organisations in England following the expansion of the programme on its success in Scotland.

In 2012 Capita won an infrastructure and property partnership contract with the North Tyneside Council, in which it would deliver a range of technical services including: engineering; property; planning; building control and public protection. The deal saw around 460 of Capita’s 4,200 property and infrastructure business workers be developed or move to North Tyneside. Part of the regional staff consisted of young people hired from the local area. Following interviews with 35 local employees, including graduates, apprentices and managers as well as NEETs (not in education, employment, or training) staff, the professionals services firm gained the Investors in Young People accreditation in England.

The firm was particularly lauded for its establishment of apprentice and graduate forums; the development opportunities as well as provision of support through trained buddies and mentors; and its involvement with local schools, colleges and universities.

Young people at work

“This is a fantastic achievement for Capita, and I and the whole IIYP team would like to wholeheartedly congratulate them,” comments Peter Russian, CEO of Investors in People. “The Investors in Young People framework not only recognises and supports organisations in the employment of young people, but marks them out as an employer of choice. I envisage that many more organisations will wish to follow in the footsteps of Capita and demonstrate their commitment to young people by working with the Investors in Young People framework.”


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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).