EY and Deloitte are the only two of the Big Four to have made it into the annual listing of the top 25 best big companies to work for in the UK, reports Accountancy Daily.
The list, compiled by the Sunday Times, ranks companies based on the views and opinions of their employees, who are surveyed about their experience of the environment they work in, leadership, development opportunities, wellbeing, pay and benefits.
EY takes 13th place, just pipping Deloitte which is at number 14.
EY’s citation states: ‘As part of their core values, EY look for people who demonstrate integrity and respect; people with energy, enthusiasm and the courage to lead; and people who build relationships based on doing the right thing.
‘The company is led by chief executive officer Steve Varley, who likes to engage directly with employees on a regular basis. Neither he, nor his regional leadership team, sit in offices – instead they share space in open-plan office along with other staff.’
Steve Varley, EY’s UK chairman, said: ‘I am very proud to see EY named again as one of the UK’s best big companies to work for, especially given the benchmark is based on the views and opinions of our people.
‘Each year we look for ways to improve the experience of our people, whilst they are with us. We aim to set new best practice in employee wellbeing and create an inclusive environment where our people feel they belong.’
In the last 12 months, EY says it has introduced a number of new initiatives to help support its 14,500 people in the UK. These include a ’financial wellness hub’, and a week of special paid leave for those experiencing domestic abuse.
Commenting on Deloitte’s appearance on the list for a further year, Emma Codd, managing partner for talent at Deloitte, said: ‘We have worked hard to create an environment where our people feel they gain valuable experience and can learn and grow.
‘It was great to be acknowledged by Best Companies for our continued progress.’
The awards organisers highlighted Deloitte’s new 1 New Street Square offices designed with wellbeing at its heart, donating £5.5m to good causes last year through One Million Futures and confidence in leadership skills of senior management as great examples of creating a great place to work.
Deloitte were ranked first in the big companies list for being a workplace for people to learn and grow and second for gaining valuable experience.
The top 25 listing is headed by insurance group Admiral, with Direct Line, Savers Health & Beauty, Marriott Hotels and Vodafone all featuring in the top ten.
Best 25 Big Companies list is here.