Consultancies rank among LinkedIn's most popular companies in Japan

02 May 2019 3 min. read

Accenture, Tata Consultancy Services, and three of the Big Four have made the list of the most popular companies to work for in Japan, according to site data from LinkedIn.

Traditionally noted for their workplace loyalty, Japanese workers have delivered a top-25 finish for Accenture, Tata Consulting Services, PwC, Deloitte and EY on the ‘Top Companies’ list compiled by employment platform LinkedIn. To arrive at the list, LinkedIn studied site data around four main areas; interest in the company, engagement with employees, job demand, and employee retention.

Led overall by online heavyweights Amazon and Google, with internet and tech companies featuring prominently throughout, the tech-minded global professional services firm Accenture was the first of the consultancies on the list – cracking the top ten ahead of Cisco to place in ninth. Other top ten companies included SAP, Oracle, Salesforce, IBM, Johnson & Johnson and local e-commerce outfit Rakuten.

According to LinkedIn’s data, Accenture in Japan has approximately 11,000 employees, with the key skills acquired by employees who join the firm being machine learning and Python and Hypertext Preprocessor. Meanwhile, the firm – which recently launched an Intelligent Operations Centre in Fukuoka – is actively recruiting in the fields of consultation, IT and business development.Consultancies rank in LinkedIn's most popular companies in Japan listLanding at 15th (although failing to make the corresponding list for India), was Deloitte – which was earlier this year hit with a $2 million fine by the US Securities and Exchange Commission fine for alleged breaches of auditing independence in Japan. Now resolved, the issue doesn’t seem to have reduced the 50 year-old firm’s popularity, with a headcount of 12,500 and active recruitment in the areas of consulting, research, and business development.

Hot on the heels of Deloitte was fellow Big Four firm PwC Japan, which is given as having more than 7,300 staff spread across its member firms and offices in five major cities. According to LinkedIn, the major skills acquired by employees who have joined PwC Japan include budgeting, Adobe Photoshop, and outsourcing, while the firm is actively recruiting in the areas of consulting, IT, and accounting.

Next up: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) – which squeezed in at 24th, and now has more than 2,700 local employees. The ICT consulting arm of Indian conglomerate Tata Group, TCS is considered the first Indian IT services company to have entered the Japanese market, in 1987. Since then, TCS has collaborated with Mitsubishi to launch a nearshore delivery center. Meanwhile, close rival Infosys has just finalised a joint venture with Hitachi and Panasonic.

Last but not least, the last spot on the list went to Ernst & Young, which is in the process of merging its Japanese operations with the firm’s Asia Pacific practice. With a staff of over 7,800 professionals active in 17 local cities, EY Japan is the official services supplier to the 2019 Rugby World Cup, and in July its auditing branch will welcome Masami Katakura as the first female chair of any major or mid-sized audit corporation in Japan.

Related: Big Four and McKinsey in world's top 10 most attractive employers.