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Top 10 Accountancy Employers in UK

20 February 2019
Besma Whayeb
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Accountancy and Professional Services is a large sector within the UK’s professional job market. The industry continues to grow, providing auditing and financial services to the millions of businesses in the UK.

The top 10 Accountancy employers listed here make up the majority of the industry in the UK, with huge market shares and thousands of employees between them. Many have also been voted as the best places to work, and they provide brilliant graduate schemes too.

In order to join an Accounting practice, you will need to achieve 2:1 Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Economics, although some of the larger firms listed here also offer Trainee Accountant positions for on-the-job learning.

1. BDO

Number of employees: 80,000+

Locations: Global network with HQ in Zaventem, Belgium

Overview: BDO (or Binder Dijker Otte) is a Belgian accounting network made up of tax, consulting, and business advisory firms which provide their services under the same name. In the UK, BDO operates as a partnership of chartered accountants, and is the sixth-largest accountancy firm in the country.

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2. Deloitte

Number of employees: 286,000+

Locations: Global network with HQ in London, UK

Overview: Deloitte is a global professional services network, and is one of the world’s “Big Four” accounting firms. The business provides auditing, taxation, consultation, risk management, and financial advisory services. It has been ranked as #1 accounting firm for nine years by Inside Public Accounting, and offers generous benefits to its employees such as maternity and paternity leave.

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3. EY

Number of employees: 260,000

Locations: Global network with HQ in London, UK

Overview: EY (or Ernst & Young) is a multinational professional services firm. It is also one of the “Big Four” accounting firms based on its number of staff and revenue. The headquarters of EY are based in the City, London, where it manages its four areas of operation: EMEIA, Amercias, Asia-Pacific, and Japan.

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4. Grant Thornton

Number of employees: 53,000

Locations: Global network with HQ in London, UK

Overview: Grant Thornton is the fifth largest professional services network in the world, providing independent accounting and a network of member firms that provide assurance, tax and advisory services.

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5. KPMG

Number of employees: 207,000+

Locations: Global network with HQ in Amstelveen, Netherlands

Overview: KPMG (Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler) is a Dutch professional services company and one of the “Big Four” accounting firms in the world. It provides three core services: financial auditing (39%), taxation (22%), and advisory (39%).

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6. Mazars

Number of employees: 20,000

Locations: Global with HQ in Paris, France

Overview: Mazars is a global auditing, accounting, and consulting group. Headquartered in France, it operates in more than 85 countries. In the UK, Mazars employs 1,600 people in 20 offices, with a turnover of 100 million euros.

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7. Moore Stephens

Number of employees: 30,000

Locations: Global, with HQ in London, UK

Overview: Moore Stephens is a network of independent accountancy and advisory firms across the world. It is the tenth biggest accountancy employer in the world, with over 650 offices in 106 countries, and over 30,000 employees.

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8. National Audit Office (NAO)

Number of employees: 800

Locations: Across the UK with HQ in London, UK

Overview: The NAO is an independent Parliamentary body responsible for auditing the government, its agencies, and other public bodies. Despite its minute size compared to the other accounting firms on this list, it offers brilliant opportunities for anyone who wishes to work in the Public Sector as an accountant, auditor, or in a similar role.

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9. PwC

Number of employees: 250,000+

Locations: Global network with HQ in London, UK

Overview: PwC (or PricewaterhouseCoopers) is a global professional services network and the final member of the “Big Four” accounting firms in the world. Operating in 158 countries, it provides assurance, advisory, taxation, consulting, actuarial and legal services. It is known for its great employee benefits, diversity and inclusion practices, and as a top graduate employer.

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10. RSM

Number of employees: 43,000

Locations: Global network with HQ in London, UK

Overview: RSM is a multinational network of accounting firms. The business is represented in 120 countries and provides independent accounting and advisory services.

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