Big four come top in world’s favourite employers

| 07/10/2010

(CNS): The world’s big four auditing firms have all ranked in the top five most attractive employers according to a worldwide survey of business students. Google took the top slot in both the business students list and the would-be engineers list. KPMG came 2nd in the top fifty list of the business firms that students would most want to work for followed by Ernst & Young which was third, the PricewaterhouseCoopers 4th and Deloitte in 5th place.  Very pleased with the ranking, local KPM G Partner Sheenah Hislop said the firm understand the importance of education and developing the skills needed for tomorrow’s generation.

“The World’s Most Attractive Employers”  rankings are based on the opinions of nearly 130,000 students from top academic institutions in the world’s 12 leading economies – the United States, China, Japan, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Brazil, Spain, Canada, Russia and India. Universum develops the index of the top 50 by asking students pursuing business and engineering degrees to identify “ideal” employers – KPMG ranked second on the index of most attractive employers for business students for 2010, moving up six places from its eighth place ranking in the 2009 index. 
“We are honoured that so many students worldwide see KPMG as an ideal place to begin and build their careers,” said Timothy P. Flynn, Chairman, KPMG International. “I think it shows that students recognize the important role played byour profession and in particular the commitment KPMG has to enabling our people to develop the skills and values that are essential for serving our clients and communities in today’s complex global business environment.”
Michal Kalinowski, Universum’s CEO said companies in the Banking and Investment industry were perceived as less attractive employers. Trends in the list however reveal that despite the global financial meltdown American corporations are still attractive to students from all over the world.
 “It seems that despite the challenges to the supremacy of the Anglo-Saxon capitalist model, the American corporations are increasingly the preferred destination for global top talent. They are often perceived as the true international organisations, where nationality will not stand in your way to the top,” Kalinowski added.
To secure talent from an increasingly demanding young generation, employers must develop strong employer brands Kalinowski noted. “Based on the results of our survey, KPMG member firms have managed to do just that through their innovative student outreach and employee programs." 
KPMG member firms have recruited approximately 15,000 graduates globally over the past year.
KPMG Partner in the Cayman Islands, Sheenah Hislop, said:“We understand the importance of education and developing the skills needed for tomorrow’s generation. KPMG’s local commitment to young Caymanians provides them with the opportunity to pursue a career in Accounting. Through our scholarship program this year alone, three young Caymanians graduated with their bachelor’s degree and two new recipients received overseas scholarships to attend the school of their choice. The firm also continues to support six other recipients who are pursuing their undergraduate degree overseas and locally.”
KPMG was also awarded Top Employer in the Cayman Islands earlier this year as well being the first to be awarded Investors in People in the Caribbean five years ago, Managing Partner Roy McTaggart adds, “Our student hires benefit from the learning and development programs we have in place so that they can gain the technical, business and leadership skills as well as the global perspective necessary to build a rewarding career within KPMG.”
The full list of “The World’s Most Attractive Employers 2010” is available at
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