EY and Deloitte among 'best big companies'

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By Eleanor O'Neill, CA Today

9 March 2017

Big Four firms EY and Deloitte have been named among the best big companies to work for in the UK.

The annual Sunday Times' 2017 Best 100 Companies survey analyses the views of 270,429 employees in a variety of different sectors to determine the front-runners for worker satisfaction in four categories of company.

EY placed 17th in the '30 Best Big Companies to Work For' category, falling four places since last year after an influx of new entries in the top 20, including financial services firm TSB, who took ninth position.

Steve Varley, EY Chairman and Managing Partner (UK & Ireland), said: “To have been recognised as one of the UK’s ‘Best Big Companies to Work For’ is a real achievement. It is a testament to the steps we have taken to help create a more diverse and inclusive culture.

“Last year we made bold changes to our student recruitment process, by removing academic entry criteria and introducing a ‘blind CV policy'. As a result, we saw a 75% increase in applications to our 2016 student programmes, receiving 37,000 applications for 1,600 places.

“By introducing such progressive policies and initiatives we hope to encourage other businesses to do the same and inspire social change.”

The survey saw 857 organisations volunteer to take part this year, including 82 new entries who became category finalists.

Deloitte came in at 18th, up two places from 2016 after recently overtaking PwC to be recognised as the world's biggest firm.

The survey saw 857 organisations volunteer to take part this year, including 82 new entries who became category finalists.

PKF Cooper Parry qualified for the mid-sized employer category for the first time this year, coming in at 32nd place after being featured on the small companies list last year. Anderson Anderson & Brown (AAB) and Bishop Fleming also placed within the top 50 of mid-tier firms.

Graeme Allan, Managing Partner at AAB, said: "This is an outstanding achievement for our entire firm and we are delighted to have achieved the highest accreditation from Best Companies and be listed on The Sunday Times list for the second consecutive year.

"These accolades are purely because of our staff and how they feel about life at AAB and so it is humbling to know that we have created a firm where people are genuinely happy, engaged and feel valued."

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