The top 30 accountancy firms for 2017 revealed

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By The CA magazine

5 December 2017

Research by CA magazine has revealed the top 30 UK and Scottish accountancy firms, and the top 10 global firms, in 2017.

The Big Four accountancy firms continue to dominate the UK and global markets, this year reporting particular growth in the 'digital transformation' sector, collectively controlling 21% of the £17.4bn business.

Deloitte, PwC, EY, KPMG and BDO are the top five global firms by revenue, while Grant Thornton, RSM, Crowe Horwath International, Baker Tilly International and Nexia round out the top 10.

Global Accountancy Top 10 in 2017

FIRMSREVENUE ($BN)
Deloitte38.8
PwC37.7
EY31.4
KPMG25.4
BDO7.6
Grant Thornton4.8
RSM4.64
Crowe Horwath International3.7
Baker Tilly International3.23
Nexia3.2

Top 30 UK Accountancy Firms ranked by revenue

Despite dropping to second place globally, PwC has retained the top spot in this year's UK rankings after a record-breaking performance last year. The firm has refocused on technology solutions and will concentrate on attracting new talent in the coming months with plans to hire 1,200 graduates and 140 apprentices.

UK firms have been faced with the additional challenge of Brexit implications and planning for business in a divided Europe. Deloitte, which has seen revenue growth of over 60% in the UK, has announced the creation of Deloitte North West Europe to integrate British services into a wider European offering.

EY and KPMG are yet to report on 2016/17 earnings but can be expected to have continued on a similar trajectory to the other Big Four firms.

FIRM NAMEPARTNERS / PARTNER   EQUIVALENTYEAR ENDUK REVENUE (£M)
PwC92630/06/173,598
Deloitte1,11531/05/173,380
EY71701/07/162,150
KPMG59530/09/162,068
Grant Thornton UK18530/06/16533.8
BDO25930/06/17456
RSM34131/03/17319
Smith & Williamson13530/06/17242
Moore Stephens UK17831/12/16181.38
Mazars13431/08/17160
PKF19831/05/17150.18
Saffery Champness7331/03/1778
Haines Watts Group10031/03/1774.5
Crowe Clark Whitehill7331/03/1767.2
UHY Hacker Young11030/04/1758.2
MHA MacIntyre Hudson4231/03/1756.1
Begbies Traynor4930/04/1749.7
Wilkins Kennedy7430/04/1747.7
Kingston Smith6230/04/1746.12
Menzies4130/06/1740.34
FRP Advisory4130/04/1740.15
TaxAssist Accountants20631/12/1637.26
Buzzacott3230/09/1634.5
Kreston Reeves5231/05/1733.11
HW Fisher & Co3130/04/1729.6
Price Bailey2931/03/1726.5
Haysmacintyre3231/03/1726.1
Hazlewoods2931/04/1723.66
SJD Accountancy331/10/1622.86
Bishop Fleming2928/05/1722.32

Top 30 Accountancy Firms (Scotland) ranked by fee earners

In Scotland, KPMG has moved up to the top spot after falling behind the rest of the Big Four in terms of fee earners last year. EY has also risen to number two, while Deloitte has slipped to fourth place and Johnston Carmichael remains steady at number five.

Campbell Dallas, Scott-Moncrieff, Anderson Anderson & Brown, French Duncan and RSM also feature in the Scottish top 10 by fee earners.

FIRM NAMEPARTNERS / PARTNER EQUIVALENTFEE EARNERSSTAFF IN TOTALSCOTLAND REVENUE (£M)
KPMG56831948n/d
EY35771914n/d
PwC27723769n/d
Deloitte35671699n/d
Johnston Carmichael5750162043.6
Campbell Dallas2221923914
Scott-Moncrieff1921023013.49
Anderson Anderson & Brown1320524819.5
French Duncan1617219811
RSM24171186n/d
Grant Thornton6164195n/d
BDO1014816514
Mazars913014210.3
Henderson Loggie2012916810.5
Chiene & Tait101171306.5
EQ Accountants151011076.8
Wylie & Bisset11971156.9
Saffery Champness1080786.5
Condies871756
Ritsons76763n/d
Milne Craig765725.5
Thomson Cooper961634.6
Geoghegans756533.6
Whitelaw Wells756563.1
Martin Aitken & Co852634.6
William Duncan & Co950594.7
Alexander Sloan94437n/d
Hall Morrice542463.4
Hardie Caldwell53840n/d
Springfords535352-3

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This research was undertaken by CA magazine. Read the full report in the November 2017 issue of CA magazine.

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