Six firms among NZ’s most sought-after employers

National firms rank among multinationals and other well-known brands

Six firms among NZ’s most sought-after employers

Six national law firms are among the most sought after employers in New Zealand, a study has found.

According to GradNewZealand’s 2020 Top 100 Graduate Employers report, the firms in the legal services sector that are most attractive to soon-to-be graduates are:

  1. Chapman Tripp
  2. Bell Gully
  3. Russell McVeagh
  4. Duncan Cotterill
  5. MinterEllisonRuddWatts
  6. Buddle Findlay

The firms were ranked among multinationals and other well-known brands. Overall, Microsoft got the most votes, followed by Air New Zealand, Xero, Beca, and PwC.

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Chapman Tripp was ranked 26th overall, while Bell Gully got 30th, Russell McVeagh 56th, Duncan Cotterill 58th, MinterEllisonRuddWatts 79th, and Buddle Findlay 100th.

GradNewZealand observed that young New Zealanders are eager to participate in the country’s civic life, as many public service providers were ranked in the study. The Ministry of Education bested all public-service organisations in the list by placing sixth, but the list also included seven government organisations in the top 20.

In terms of sectors, the most popular employers were ANZ (banking and financial services), Beca (engineering consulting), Fisher & Paykel Healthcare (R&D and manufacturing), Fletcher Building (construction and property services), Fonterra (retail, sales and consumer goods), and Powerco (mining, energy, oil and gas).

Tania Restall, Chapman Tripp people and culture director, explained the firm’s approach to its graduate program.

“We aim to provide graduates with an authentic experience in a supportive environment where they are involved in real work, for real clients and broadening their understanding of the legal industry,” she said.

The GradNewZealand 2020 Top 100 Graduate Employers report is based on 2,200 votes from New Zealand students.

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