Attracting accounting and finance graduate talent - beyond the Big Four

Denise Jackson, Julia Richardson, Grant Michelson, Rahat Munir

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This study responds to ongoing challenges with recruiting quality graduate talent in the accounting/finance industry, critical given transforming labour market needs. Drawing on Person-Organisation-Fit theory, we explore what attracts 475 Accounting/Finance students to graduate roles, their preferences for different organisation types, and influences on career decision-making. Supporting earlier work, we evidence dominating preferences for the ‘Big Four’ firms yet decipher appealing features of other organisational types and important intrinsic and extrinsic factors in decision-making. Findings inform stakeholder strategies to support students for sustainable careers in different accounting/finance contexts, and improve the recruitment outcomes of all organisation types in the industry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3761-3790
Number of pages30
JournalAccounting & Finance
Issue number3
Early online date30 Dec 2021
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022


  • Career
  • Employment
  • Graduate
  • Recruitment
  • Talent
  • Big 4
  • Big Four


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