Which are the best accountancy firms to work for?

Five accountancy firms have made it into the Sunday Times’ 2017 lists of the best companies to work for in the UK – and they don’t include all of the Big Four

Midlands firm PKF Cooper Parry, Aberdeen-based Anderson Anderson & Brown and West Country firm Bishop Fleming were listed at 32nd, 35th and 42nd respectively in the top 100 best mid-sized companies to work for, while Big Four firms EY and Deloitte were named as two of the 30 best largest companies to work for. They came 17th and 18th respectively.

The lists, which are compiled annually, are designed to showcase the “very best in workplace engagement”. The scores for each company are largely based on anonymous surveys among their workforce which rank them according to eight key indicators of staff engagement.

Usually in national surveys, it’s the Big Four which rate a ranking so it’s good to see some of the smaller mid-tier firms being mentioned in dispatches.

For instance, PKF Cooper Parry chief executive Ade Cheetham says the firm prides itself on being a place where the 420 people on the payroll can have fun. Perks include core working hours of 10.30am-3.30pm, allowing everyone flexible working.

“Being named in the Sunday Times Best 100 Companies to Work For list is a fantastic achievement for everyone at the firm. The fact that we have gone from 91st position in the small companies category to 32nd in the medium sized is testament that we are maintaining our culture during a time of change and growth for the business. It also demonstrates that staff enjoy working for the company, which is massively rewarding to know.”

Over and above workplace learning, the firm offers staff coaching in life and relationship skills as well as health and fitness, all factors that are increasingly being shown to be important to employees when asked to consider their job satisfaction levels.