EY rated best accountancy firm for student leavers

Ten accountancy firms feature in a new ranking of the top 100 employers in the UK for school and college leavers, with EY leading the way in a table drawn up by RateMyApprenticeship

The list is based on thousands of student-written reviews on the apprenticeship, school leaver and work experience schemes offered by UK employers.

EY is highest place, at number 12, followed by fellow Big Four firms PwC (17) and Deloitte (23). Mid-tier firm BDO is ranked at number 41, KPMG at 49th, and RSM at 55th.

Moore Stephens, Mazars, Grant Thornton and Smith & Williamson also feature in the rankings.

The league table positions are based on assessments by individuals, with EY receiving 634 reviews, and positive comments for its induction process. PwC won plaudits for the variety of work experience on offer, while BDO was praised for making managers available to provide support when needed.

Maggie Stilwell, EY’s managing partner for talent at EY UK & Ireland, said: ‘Apprenticeships provide an attractive alternative to university and demand for places is growing. Students can get a head start on their career, without university debt, receive on-the-job experience and coaching, whilst receiving a salary.

‘At EY we see some impressive students join us on our apprenticeship scheme, who are enthusiastic, energetic and hungry to learn. We want to harness that talent by creating even more opportunities for young people to enter the profession.’

Over the last five years EY has increased the number of school leaver places it offers from 50 to 200. The firm also launched an EY Degree Apprenticeship in Digital Innovation this year, in partnership with Ada - the National College for Digital Skills – to boost the digital skills within its workforce.

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