Are you looking to move to Deloitte, EY, KMPG or PwC in Hong Kong this year? Which Big Four firm should you choose? While culture, pay and benefits are all important factors, you also need to be mindful of how much hiring each firm is actually doing in your sector.
We’ve scoured the Hong Kong careers websites of the Big Four in Hong Kong to find out where their jobs are across three broad divisions: advisory/consultancy, assurance/audit, and tax. We’ve concentrated on client-facing positions, so we’ve excluded graduate and shared-services vacancies.
Our analysis highlights dramatic differences in vacancy volumes among the firms, with PwC dominating recruitment across all three categories, as shown in the charts below.
Where are the most Big Four audit jobs in Hong Kong?
PwC has 61% of Hong Kong-based assurance/audit roles across the four firms. EY can only muster 1%. Within assurance, PwC is building up its ‘regulatory risk and compliance’ specialism – it has 26 vacancies in that field, most of which are at senior associate level and above. Not all these jobs are in traditional sectors – there’s a vacancy in crypto risk assurance, for example, which is focused on corporate governance for initial coin offerings.
Which Big Four firm has the most consultancy jobs in Hong Kong?
In advisory/consultancy, Deloitte has a similar percentage of available positions to market-leader PwC. These include several jobs in digital and technology consulting, reflecting the growing importance of the Chinese tech sector. Deloitte’s financial technology consultant job involves advising clients on technology such as blockchain, robotic process and cognitive automation, big data, cloud, and machine learning.
Where are the best jobs in tax at the Big Four?
Deloitte and KPMG have a similar number of openings in their Hong Kong tax divisions. KPMG’s tax jobs are largely focused on M&A, US tax, and corporate tax.
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