Accounting students reveal most sought-after employers

A new survey of 14,000 Australian university students has revealed the most sought-after accounting employers.

GradAustralia released its Top 100 Graduate Employers across all sectors, with eight accounting and advisory employers making the list.

The big four were voted the most desirable places to work by budding accountants, with Deloitte, PwC, EY and KPMG taking out the top four accounting spots.

Following behind were students’ favourite mid-tiers: BDO, Pitcher Partners, Grant Thornton and KordaMentha.

The big four also ranked highly in the overall top 100 employers across all sectors, with Deloitte ranking second, PwC third, EY fifth and KPMG sixth.

The mid-tiers ranked lower overall, with BDO coming in at 82nd, Pitcher Partners at 88th, Grant Thornton 90th and KordaMentha 95th.

This big four focus may be the result of what students are learning at university.

Dr Luckmika Perera, director of the department of accounting at Deakin Business School, recently told Accountants Daily that educational institutions are too focused on teaching students specific skills suited for big firms, instead of broader skills geared towards SMEs.

The survey also revealed various job expectations and career priorities for various sectors.

Only 17 per cent of finance, accounting, economics and business students expect to have a graduate job immediately upon graduation and expect to make an average of 18 job applications before getting their first professional job offer.

Pitcher Partners Sydney managing partner Rob Southwell recently told Accountants Daily that the accounting industry previously neglected graduate recruitment, which could be creating a lack of job prospect confidence in students.

 

 

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