30 Jun 2016 04:25pm

PwC loses out to EY as most attractive professional services employer

PwC has lost its top spot as the most attractive professional services business to work for in the world, employer branding consultants Universum have revealed

The world’s largest accountancy firm has dropped three places to number five in the 2016 top 10 most desirable employers, according to the Universum survey of 267,084 business and engineering/IT students in 12 of the world’s largest economies.

Instead, Big Four rival EY is now the most favoured professional services firm, managing to hold on to last year’s global ranking of number three, behind Google in poll position and Apple in second.

EY was ranked the number one professional services firm in five of the countries, including the US, Canada, France, China and Australia.

A delighted Mark Weinberger, EY’s global chairman and CEO, said the firm was honoured to be recognised in Universum’s survey. “Being viewed as a top global employer by students reaffirms our commitment to attracting top talent, helping them to reach their potential both professionally and personally, and developing them into future leaders either at EY, or elsewhere serving government and society,” he said. “This is a large part of our ambition to build a better working world.”

Weinberger is having a good month. Just two weeks ago, he was voted one of the best chief executives to work for in four different countries – the US, the UK, Canada and Germany – in a survey of employees by recruitment consultants Glassdoor.

In the Universum survey, Deloitte was ranked sixth, the same position as last year, and KPMG was eighth (fifth last year).

Other businesses that made it into the top 10 this year were: Goldman Sachs (4), Microsoft (7), L'Oreal Group (9) and JP Morgan (10).

Julia Irvine


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