12 consulting firms in Times Top 100 Graduate Employers

29 September 2014 Consultancy.uk

This year is the sixteenth edition of the Times ‘Top 100 Graduate Employers’, a ranking that identifies the most popular and prestigious employers in the eyes of graduates in the UK. For the eleventh year in a row, Big 4 firm PwC ranks number one. In total, 12 consulting firms have made the prestigious list, including the other Big 4 players and the well-known strategy consultants.

Top 100 Graduate Employers
The Times ‘Top 100 Graduate Employers’ is a ranking that identifies the most sought–after and prestigious employers in the eyes of graduates in the UK*. The list was first released in 1999, and this year represents its sixteenth edition. For this year’s list, High Fliers Research interviewed 18,336 graduates, who left UK universities in the in the summer of 2014, and asked them the question: “Which employer do you think offers the best opportunities for graduates?” In the research, 1,300 organisations were named, and the 100 with the most votes are listed in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers 2014.

When first released in 1999, Accenture topped the list. Since the launch, the top spot has been shared by just two employers: Civil Service and PwC.

The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers

Big Four
For the eleventh year in a row, big4 firm PwC has been able to secure the first place on the list. Commenting on the nomination, Richard Irwin, Head of Student Recruitment at PwC, says: “We’re incredibly proud of this remarkable achievement. Whilst the graduate job market has changed significantly over the last decade, it’s great to see that students’ opinion of us as a prospective employer has remained consistently high.” The firm’s popularity is also visible by its announcement earlier this year that it had received a record of 24,000 applications for the 1,450 places available.

Big4 in the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers 

The three other Big 4 firms are also found in the top of the list: Deloitte dropped one place from the second to third place, KPMG finds itself on 7th spot and EY ranks as #11 in the list.

Other consulting firms in top 100
The complete top 100 of the Graduate Employers list contains 8 other consulting firms. Of these 8 firms, five were able to secure higher places on this year’s list compared to last year, with Grant Thornton securing the biggest win with a rise from the 86th place to the 62nd place, followed by Bain & Company, rising 21 places to number 50 in this year’s list. Boston Consulting Group, Arup and McKinsey & Company also gained popularity and ended up higher than last year. An overview of the consulting firms in the list:

Consulting firms in the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers

* Note that the Times ranking looks at expectations of graduates, the recently released ‘The Top Companies For Graduate To Work For’ ranking from TheJobCrowd looks at actual experiences.


10 leading consulting companies to work for in the UK

10 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

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).