GradAustralia’s Top 100 Graduate Employers | Consulting Firms

07 March 2023 3 min. read
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Online platform GradAustralia has revealed its latest list of Australia’s ‘Top 100 Graduate Employers’, with over one fifth of the entire list of top employers in the hands of leading management consulting firms.

It’s that time of year again when the latest crop of hopefuls venture out into the world in search of an employer to kick-start their careers. Naturally then, it’s also that time of year when a number of organisations showcase Australia’s most favourable companies for graduates.

Following recent releases from GradConnection and the Australian Association of Graduate Employers, the latest listing has now dropped: GradAustralia’s ‘Top 100 Graduate Employers’ – and again consulting firms are prominent.

GradAustralia’s Top 100 Graduate Employers | Consulting Firms

This year’s GradAustralia ranking sees Capgemini (including management consultancy subsidiary Capgemini Invent), Nous Group and Deloitte all land in the overall top ten, with the former placed behind only Amazon and ahead of Unilever and NAB.

The second-placing marks a stellar year for Capgemini’s human resources and culture team, with the firm also placing fourth on the list of the Australian Association of Graduate Employers and jumped from 19th into the top 10 according to GradConnection – a feat all the more noteworthy when considering the different methodologies adopted by each list.

In that respect, GradAustralia states that it rejigged its formula this year; adopting a two-pronged criteria that gives equal weight to both student popularity according to application numbers and page views (note: the list doesn’t discriminate between paid and unpaid members but requires a company profile), as well as program quality assessed via an employee survey covering a dozen factors.

Altogether, GradAustralia assessed some 3,500 companies across three countries.

The recruitment services company argues that this the fairest and most reliable way to compile such a list, and the appearance of Nous Group in eighth place among all Australian employers seems to confirm that, insomuch as that like Capgemini the management consultancy is a regular feature on a variety of top employer rankings.

A previous ‘Best Place to Work’ study by human capital research company WRK+ even saw Nous come out on top among all businesses with more than 100 employees.

“This is a fantastic result and testament to our commitment to creating a supportive, inclusive and rewarding environment for our grads and all employees.” Nous Group head of talent Cara Morgan said of the GradAustralia accolade. “The graduate employment landscape has changed dramatically in recent years. Today, employers face greater competition so it’s more important than ever that the experience lives up to the offer and graduates are set up for success from day one.”

The top 10 consulting firms in the GradAustralia ranking further include: two of the Big Four firms (PwC and EY), four mid-tier accounting and advisory groups (William Buck, RSM, Grant Thornton and Pitcher Partners) and global technology powerhouse DXC Technology.

Notably, none of the leading strategy consultancies such as McKinsey, Boston Consulting Group and Bain & Company made the top 100 cut, with Oliver Wyman and EY Port Jackson Partners the two strategy-focused consultancies featured.

Other consulting firms that stand out for their graduate opportunities and development are: Accenture, Tata Consultancy Services, Visagio (a supply chain consultancy), Partners in Performance (an Australian consultancy with a global footprint), KordaMentha (a homegrown management and restructuring  consultancy), FTI Consulting (a US-listed global consultancy), and KPMG and BDO (the fourth and sixth largest accounting and advisory firms in Australia).