All the Big Four accountancy firms were named on the Times’ Top 100 Graduate Employers.
PwC has 1,350 graduate jobs vacancies available for 2019, while Deloitte maintained sixth place with 1,000 or more, KPMG remained eighth with around 1,200 and EY was in ninth place.
PwC firm said 50,000 students applied to 1,216 graduate and 550 school leaver vacancies over the past year.
The Civil Service Fast Stream came in second place just behind PwC, recruiting 1,500 graduates in 2019. Its starting salaries range between £25,000 and £28,000. According to the Times, the record number of vacancies follows the need of trainee officials to prepare for Brexit.
This is the first time the number of vacancies in the public sector has exceeded those in the professional services.
Aldi, Teach First and Google followed in third, fourth and fifth place respectively. Teach First aims at recruiting 1,750 graduates.
Kevin Ellis, chairman and senior partner at PwC, said, “We want to attract and retain the most talented people so we’re continually evolving our recruitment processes to ensure they’re as open and inclusive as possible.
“Last year we recruited from over 100 universities, launched our fully-funded technology degree apprenticeships across the UK and hired the majority of our graduate roles outside of London,” he added.
Steve Varley, EY’s chairman, said, “As a large employer we have an important role to play in training the next generation of business leaders. To be named as a top ten graduate employer recognises our efforts in developing a first class experience for our students that will help set them up for their future careers.
“In the last 12 months we have enhanced our graduate scheme further, by offering those who are eligible the opportunity to work towards their professional accountancy qualification and a Government-accredited, Level 7 Apprenticeship, which is the equivalent of a master’s degree in the UK. EY graduates will be among the first to receive the Level 7 apprenticeship standard in Accounting and Taxation.”
Emma Codd, managing partner for talent at Deloitte said, “We are delighted to be recognised by graduates once more as one of the UK’s top employers. This year is particularly significant for us as we have been recognised as a great place to start a career in consulting and technology. For our firm these are key areas of focus, but there are many opportunities across the business where students can have a fulfilling and exciting career with us.”
Charlotte Carter, head of student recruitment at KPMG, said, “As a firm we pride ourselves on our graduate opportunities and we’re proud that our firm has been ranked as one of the ten best employers for graduates in the UK for the last twenty years.
“Graduates are critical to the firm’s future success and as such, we invest heavily in the next generation.”
Meanwhile, mid-tier firm Grant Thornton remained in 86th position with 400-450 graduate jobs available.