Danny McCance 19 May 2017 11:16am

Three of the Big Four are best companies to work for

PwC, KPMG and Deloitte have made it into a list of the top 25 most desirable companies to work for in the UK
Caption: PwC came top of the Big Four

PwC ranked highest of the professional services firms, holding its spot in 11th place from last year, while Deloitte and KPMG came 15th and 16th respectively, according to LinkedIn’s annual survey.

KPMG slipped nine places since last year, when it was the highest among the Big Four at 7th place. In 2016 the firm had 28,000 applications for only 1,200 places and it employs more than 13,000 people with 615 partners in the UK.

Deloitte jumped six places from last year from 21st. The firm now employs 17,000 people in the UK – it hired 4,000 in 2016. PwC in comparison employs 20,000 in the UK.

LinkedIn analysed data on job applications, employee engagement and retention from its 23 million UK members.

Topping the list again was retail group John Lewis, whose employees are partners as opposed to staff members.

The list showed that in the UK people like to work where they shop, as retailers dominate the top ten. The tech giants, Google, Apple and Facebook, are also popular employers.

In February Deloitte wrestled back its crown as the biggest firm in the world by fee income from PwC, following a strong year.

Meanwhile in April KPMG won the Queen's award in the inaugural category of promoting opportunity for its leadership and work towards social mobility.

The full list is as follows:

1. John Lewis

2. Asos

3. Arcadia Group

4. Harrods

5. Liberty Global

6. Sainsbury’s

7. Virgin

8. Facebook

9. BBC

10. Alphabet

11. PwC UK

12. Sky

13. The Co-op

14. Richemont

15. Deloitte

16. KPMG

17. Lloyds

18. Amazon

19. Selfridges

20. Burberry

21. Kier Group

22. Interserve

23. BT

24. PA Consulting

25. Worldpay