Deloitte and EY win three Australian HR Awards

13 December 2020 2 min. read
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Human Resources Director (HRD) has unveiled the winners of its 2020 Australian HR Awards, with Deloitte and EY among the twenty winners.

Every year HRD celebrates the outstanding achievements of the nation’s top HR teams, leaders and employers with its Australian HR Awards. Held virtually for the first time due to Covid-19, the event brought together organisations from the private, public and non-profit sectors, as well as their advisors on HR topics. 

Hundreds of “incredible stories of HR leadership” were submitted for this year’s event said HRD, making it the most competitive edition to date. “Each category [20 in total] was packed with examples of how human resources has led businesses through one of the toughest periods in the last decade,” said Natalie Britt, one of the jury members.

Deloitte and EY win three Australian HR Awards

Three consulting firms managed to reach the final: Big Four players Deloitte and EY with multiple nominations, and homegrown management consultancy Nous Group in the category Best Change Management Strategy. 

Deloitte was the consulting industry’s most lauded representative on the night, managing to win two of the categories the firm was a finalist in. First, the category Best Workplace Flexibility Program, on the back of its continued efforts to promote flexible and home working for its accountants, advisors, consultants and staff nationally. Deloitte won the award ahead of Investa, MSD, Pexa and QinetiQ. 

Second, Deloitte was named Employer of Choice by HR professionals for employers with more than 1,000 employees, scooping the prize from the noses of Mader Group, MinterEllison, Publicis and Youi. At Deloitte, HR professionals aspiring a career in human capital can work either in its HR function, serving the company’s three main divisions (Audit, Consulting, Financial Advisory), or work in the firm’s HR consulting arm, which is one of the largest in the country. 

Meanwhile, rival EY won the award in the Best Leadership Development Program Excellence category, receiving more plaudits than the other finalists of La Trobe University, McDonald's, Serco and QinetiQ. 

Both Big Four giants were also finalists in the Best Learning & Development Program Excellence category (won by McDonald's), while Deloitte’s other finalist nominations were in the Best Use of Technology Excellence (scooped by Youi) and Best Diversity & Inclusion Program Excellence categories (winner: QBE Insurance).

Australian-origin consulting firm Nous Group was commended in the Best Change Management Strategy category, but saw Hume Community Housing take home the prestigious award.