Six consulting firms make LinkedIn's top 25 companies to work for in India

05 April 2019

Social and business networking platform LinkedIn has released its list of Top Companies to Work For in India for 2019, and the list is dominated by digital-based firms. Three of the Big Four as well as Accenture, BCG and Tata Consultancy Services have made the top 25 companies.

LinkedIn has more than 50 million users in India, who have provided feedback on a range of metrics with respect to employment conditions in their own organisations and those around them. The list of top companies to work for considers only those organisations that employ more than 500 professionals.

Following this minimum criteria being met, LinkedIn evaluates company operations based on four primary metrics. The first is overall interest in a company, which is determined not through employee responses but via the number of followers and viewers a company’s page has on LinkedIn.

The second is employee engagement, which considers the number of times an employee’s LinkedIn page is viewed by employees of other organisations. The third metric is job demand, which entails the number of applications and responses that a company receives for an opening posted on LinkedIn.Six consulting firms make LinkedIn's top 25 companies to work for in India

Lastly, firms are evaluated based on employee retention, which is determined by observing the number of employees who have stayed on at a company for more than a year after joining. Based on these four metrics, the firm has listed the top 25 companies in India, and consulting firms have made a significant appearance.

Most consulting firms in the country are looking to ramp up employment significantly in the country, including Big Four accounting and advisory firm KPMG, which was the lowest placed consultancy on the list at 22nd, hot on the heels of Big Four rival PwC in 21st.

Global management consultancy Accenture featured in 18th on the list, presumably resulting from a number of concerted efforts to grow its IT operations in India. The firm has gradually been occupying more of the market share that was traditionally dominated by Indian IT firms.

Another firm that has been expanding substantially in India is the Boston Consulting Group, which featured in 13th place, while Big Four firm EY placed in 11th. Once again, EY has placed an increasing share of its emphasis on its digital services segment, having signed a number of key partnerships in the domain since the start of this year alone.

In keeping with the popularity of digitally oriented firms, IT services giant Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) was the highest ranked consulting firm on the list, placing in 7th. Rapid expansion in its digital capabilities has made TCS the fastest growing IT services firm in the world.


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Grant Thornton named India's best sports services consulting firm

10 April 2019

Honouring its work with the Hockey World Cup 2018, global professional services firm Grant Thornton’s India practice has been named the Best Sports Services Consulting Firm at this year’s Sports Excellence Awards held by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM). 

The firm was selected by the Sports & Youth Services Department in the Odisha government last year to manage the Hockey World Cup 2018, which took place in Bhubaneshwar between November and December. 16 teams participated in the event, which was won by Belgium.

Grant Thornton has been laying greater emphasis on its sports consulting services in recent years, particularly in the Indian market. Alongside its position as Project Manager for the Hockey World Cup, the firm is also currently working on projects with the regional governments in the states of Punjab and Kerala.

The projects include  sporting initiatives from both states, and have presumably resulted from Grant Thornton’s demonstration of its ability to manage a sporting event of great scale. The firm has now been formally recognised in New Delhi by ASSOCHAM for its work during the event.Grant Thornton named the Best Sports Services Consulting Firm in India

The firm received the award for the Best Sports Services Consulting Firm in the Sports Excellence Awards division of ASSOCHAM’s National Summit & Awards on Sports Business: Infrastructure, Investment and Merchandising. Sports has become the latest focus for Grant Thornton, in addition to other diversification efforts.

Commenting on the award, CEO of Grant Thornton India Vishesh Chandiok said, “I am absolutely delighted at this occasion of Grant Thornton being awarded as the sports consultancy of the year. Hockey World Cup was not only the biggest sports consulting project ever, but it also ended up being one of the most successful sports events ever hosted in India. I really hope this has set the standard for the future and I would like to congratulate all our 4,000 plus employees in India and more than 50,000 around the world for the encouragement and work on the ground.”

“We realigned our focus on sports advisory about two years back. In these couple of years, we have seen the growing interest of Governments and the private sector in sports and believe that Grant Thornton has global expertise and credentials to meet their requirements. Going forward, we plan to work closely with Governments, the private sector, federations and other stakeholders in developing competitiveness in the sports sector,” he added.