Consultancies among top career growth companies in New Zealand

01 May 2023 4 min. read
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Business network platform LinkedIn has named the top companies in New Zealand for career growth, with consultancies EY, Capgemini, Deloitte and PwC featuring in the list.

Following up on its inaugural local edition last year, LinkedIn has released its latest list of the top 25 companies for career growth in New Zealand, with Capgemini and three of the Big Four making the grade: EY, Deloitte and PwC.

All three return from last year, while Capgemini makes its debut on the rankings and BDO drops out. Headed by ASB Bank, the list has a distinctly Kiwi flavour.

Consultancies among top career growth companies in New Zealand

Tapping its own extensive pool of employment data, LinkedIn compiles its rankings according to a number of career growth indicators of long-term success, including factors such as how employees are advancing both within a company as well as when they leave, the level of upskilling while employed at a given company, and company stability and gender diversity. LinkedIn also examines any recent layoffs and overall departure rates.

Coming in at 5th was Ernst & Young, a huge twenty-spot jump after scraping in at 25th last year. Led by managing partner and assurance veteran Simon O’Connor, the firm has offices in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington – the latter which has recently moved to modern new digs.

Last year, EY NZ purchased ServiceNow and automation specialists Red Moki and Q4 Associates, adding around 85 professionals to its tech consulting headcount.

Paris-headquartered multinational digital consulting giant Capgemini was next on the list in terms of professional services firms, ranking in 8th place. Supported by the firm’s Australian operations, Capgemini has a local team of more than 400 professionals spread across Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Capgemini is a major international sponsor of world rugby, with Black Fern Stacey Fluhler serving as a global ambassador.

The only consultancy to feature on both sides of the ditch, Deloitte’s New Zealand branch this year lands in at 10th, up nine spots on 2022. In addition to the country’s three largest cities, Deloitte has also has offices in Hamilton, Roturua, Dunedin and Queenstown, together home to more than 1,700 professionals across its various practices. One of those, Deloitte Digital, expanded into the New Zealand market at around the start of 2019.

The last of the Big Four to make the Top 25 list, squeaking in at 24th, is PwC, which has a similar headcount and geographical spread to Deloitte, albeit with an office in Napier rather than Queenstown and Roturua. The firm is led by CEO Mark Averill, who heads a partnership team now pushing upwards 160. Earlier this year, PwC purchased Salesforce specialist Be Intelligent, adding a team of around 20 professionals to its local Salesforce practice.

Kiwi locals

New Zealand-formed companies were well represented on this year’s list, the local contingent led by ASB Bank in first spot ahead of ANZ and Genesis. Other local brands to feature included top ten entries Fonterra and Air New Zealand at respectively 6th and 9th, along with among others NZ Post, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, Tegal, HEB Construction and energy, utilities and oil & gas companies Meridian, Powerco, and Z Energy.

“This year continues to bring waves of disruption in the labour market, from advancements in AI to the rise of the ‘quiet’ trend (‘quiet quitting,’,‘quiet hiring,’ and ‘quiet firing’),” LinkedIn stated upon releasing its 2023 list. “Despite strong hiring numbers, economic uncertainty and news of layoffs persist, prompting many professionals to seek their best next career move and employers to rethink how they attract, retain and develop talent.”