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The Guardian UK 300: top consulting employers

…as voted for by students and graduates

The Guardian UK 300 is the largest and most comprehensive annual survey of student opinion on graduate careers and employers. The survey determines not only the most popular 300 graduate employers in the UK overall, but also the most popular graduate employers in a range of career sectors, including media and advertising.

The top graduate employers for consulting are listed in the table below. The top four employers are all completely new to the consulting rankings this year: PwC, Deloitte, KPMG and EY. The top five employers from last year follow these new entries, remaining in the same order – McKinsey & Company, IBM, Boston Consulting Group, Accenture, and Bain & Company. Baker Tilly (RSM) is another new entry, taking the tenth spot.

Students interested in consulting…

  • tended to have related work experience, at 54%
  • expected to earn an average income of £28,145
  • were mostly using LinkedIn for careers, at 62%.*

*Statistics have been rounded.

In 2016, over 52,000 undergraduates took part in the trendence Graduate Barometer.



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Accountancy and financial management, Law solicitors, Management consulting, Public service, charity and social work

Accountancy and financial management, Management consulting



Accountancy and financial management, Management consulting



Accountancy and financial management, IT and technology


McKinsey & Company

Last year: 1

Management consulting


Last year: 7

The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is a global management consulting firm and the world’s leading advisor on business strategy.

Management consulting



Last year: 6

IBM has over 400,000 employees globally, operates in 170 countries and is the largest technology and IT organisation in the world.

IT and technology, Management consulting


Last year: 4

We’re looking for future leaders. Idea generators. And strategic thinkers. Put your degree and skills to work.

IT and technology, Management consulting


Last year: 5

Management consulting


Last year: 13

PA is a different kind of consulting firm and we are looking for people with unique qualities who share our vision and values.

IT and technology, Management and business, Management consulting