Big Four Internship: Guidance To Secure Job In First Attempt


Big Four Accounting Firms Internship: Graduate and Undergraduate Applicants

Wherever in the world you are based, you can apply for an internship job in the UK with one of the ‘Big Four’ companies! All you need is a degree qualification - regardless of study discipline - and the correct preparation, which is where our services are invaluable.



Who are the Big Four?

The term ‘Big Four’ refers to the world’s four largest accounting and auditing firms:

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Deloitte
  • KPMG
  • Ernst & Young


These employers are approved by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) to train both graduates and undergraduate students.



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Chartered Accountancy Training

Those who wish to become chartered accountants in the UK must successfully advance through two key stages:


    • First, you must Complete three years’ training internship with a professional services accountancy employer (e.g. a Big Four firm)

    • Next, you must Pass exams coordinated by the sector’s official regulatory bodies - the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) - during the previously mentioned three-year training period.



What are the Benefits?

The benefits of training with a Big Four firm in the UK are immense:


    • Full training support is provided to you, in preparation for passing your exams and gaining the desired professional qualifications. In progressing a trainee towards ICAEW certification, for example, a Big Four firm would typically spend around £50,000 during your three-year training period.

    • As a graduate trainee you can expect to start on a salary in the range of £30,000 per annum during your training period. After a successful three years, this rises to around £50,000. At this point you will be getting even higher offers from elsewhere in the industry.

    • Numerous additional benefits available to you during training including professional mentoring, fully paid business expenses, bonuses and an interest-free loan of up to £7,000.

    • For successful international applicants, the company will fund and arrange a full three-year UK work permit that is extendable after the training stage has been completed.



The Big Four Jobs Market

The Big Four recruit nearly 6,000 graduate trainees every year. The number of graduates seeking training contracts with the Big Four, both from the UK and overseas, currently stands at approximately 40,000. This means that in order to stand a realistic chance of being accepted, applicants must demonstrate an exceptional level of understanding.



Big Four Job Tests

Big Four firms have a set of four recruitment test stages to assess each applicant before offering them a trainee job:


Stage 1: Application Form or CV Submission

The first step in applying for a trainee position is to fill out an application form.


~  PWC

~  Deloitte


~  Ernst & Young


Stage 2: Aptitude Reasoning Tests

The Second stage involves completing various types of aptitude and psychometric tests. These include numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning, inductive reasoning and personality questionnaires. We offer totally free numerical and verbal reasoning practice tests, available to everyone! Access them here.



Stage 3: First Interview

The first interview stage will be a competency based or a strength based interview assessment, depending on the firm you have applied to. You will find more details on our relevant guidance pages.


Stage 4: Assessment Centre

The assessment centre stage is a test in which you will be invited to Big Four premises and act as an employee for a whole day. At the Assessment Centre, you will be completing group exercises, role play exercises, report writing tasks, replying to emails and phone calls, giving presentations and performing in the final interview. The final interview will be carried out by a Big Four Partner. You will find all information about Big Four assessments on our website and our social media networks.




Start Training with Green Turn Today!

If you want to secure your dream job with a Big Four firm, Green Turn training programmes are your best choice. We have over fifteen years’ relevant coaching experience and an outstanding pass rate of 95%. Our professional Big Four background gives us maximum credibility and you can relax knowing that you’re in safe hands. We enjoy hearing success stories from our customers every day and hundreds of them have been sending us positive feedback.


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