Recruitment – An Analysis of the Big 4 Accounting Firms

If you’ve worked in the business world, then you are likely familiar with the large accounting firms known as the “Big 4.” These accounting firms “account” for about 80% of the industry, with no signs of slowing or losing market share.
Even during the early parts of the pandemic – though there were some layoffs and economic challenges – the audit firms continued to grow. At Rover, we took a look at the recruitment data for these firms, comparing 2020 and 2021 and looking at growth trends between them. Below are some of our findings, and we encourage you to explore the data yourself using the link below:

Big 4 Recruitment Trends

There’s a lot of data here to explore, and we encourage you to take a look at some of the information yourself. Below are some of our top findings:

  • All of the Big 4 audit firms saw growth between 2020 and 2021, with an average of around 200% between then. Only KPMG seems to have seen a downward trend from the beginning to the end of 2021, but this may be because they went on a massive hiring spree earlier in the year. 
  • Deloitte appeared to have the best 2020 relative to the other Big 4 accounting firms, posting as many as 400+ job openings during the early stages of the pandemic compared to fewer than 20 for the other members of the Big 4. This meant that their growth in 2021 was less than other members, but that may be partially due to their success in 2020.
  • PwC saw the largest growth between 2020 and 2021, at 600+%. In December of last year, the company hired 991 new employees. Still, the most job openings in any given month are both held by Deloitte, which saw over 1300 during two different months in the last fiscal year.
  • The top in demand job for each firm varies between them. EY’s, for example, was Associate and Senior Associate for their audit teams, with 62 openings in those positions.

What makes Rover’s data so great is that there is a lot to explore, so we encourage you to click around and see the different data available. If you’d like to learn more about how Rover collects and analyses data, contact our sales team, today.