PwC topped the rankings for the eleventh year running, while Deloitte fell behind teaching graduate scheme Teach First into third place. KPMG was ranked seventh, EY eleventh, while Grant Thornton was ranked 62nd.
PwC, which has traditionally ranked highly in graduate employers rankings, announced this year that it had received a record 24,000 applications for 1,450 places available.
Richard Irwin, PwC head of student recruitment, said, “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.”
A spokesperson for BDO, a firm which did not appear in the ranking, said it was "obviously dissapointed" not to be included, but said it was a reflection of growing competition across for students across all industries.
The Times reports that, City firms are being challenged in their status as a preferred choice for graduates, with retail opportunities such as those offered by Aldi also ranking highly. PwC was overtaken by Teach First in a similar ranking published in July last year.
Frontline, an entry-scheme for the social work profession has entered the top 100 rankings in its inaugural year. This, along with the continued success of Teach First, demonstrates that top graduates are still motivated by jobs with a “social purpose”, said John MacAlister, Frontlines chief executive.