Deloitte Reports Fourth Consecutive Year Of Revenue Growth And Invests For Future
- Revenue up 1.4% to £2.55 billion;
- Corporate finance grows by nearly 5%;
- New programmes launched to support business leaders of tomorrow;
- 72 new partners promoted or recruited;
- 3,500 people hired, including 1,500 entry-level positions taking total number of staff to nearly 14,000
Deloitte, the business advisory firm, has reported revenue of £2.55bn for the year ended 31 May 2014, a 1.4% increase on the previous year’s revenue of £2.52bn. The firm’s net revenue, after expenses and disbursements, grew by 3% to £2.13bn from £2.06bn in 2013.
David Sproul, chief executive and senior partner of Deloitte, commented: “This is the fourth consecutive year in which revenue has increased, with the firm growing by more than 30% in this period, averaging growth of 6.9%. This year saw the slowest growth of those four years, reflecting the uncertainty that has existed.
“Looking ahead, we expect that better economic conditions will result in significant improvements across our markets. Growth has increased in the first quarter of the new financial year and we are seeing a renewed confidence and optimism in our clients to make investment decisions. The global ambition of our clients and our people is creating opportunities for the firm to increase revenue internationally. More than 200 of our partners and staff are currently on secondment overseas and we think this will become a bigger feature over the next year or more. However, whilst we continue to make investments for the future, we do hold a concern that political uncertainty may dampen business activity later in the year.”
Corporate Finance grew by 4.7% to £424m (£405m in 2013) and Consulting grew by 0.5% to £622m (£619m in 2013). Revenue in the firm’s Tax practice broadly equalled those of last year (£562m compared with £563m last year), whilst Audit saw a slight reduction from £719m in 2013 to £706m this year. The strongest performance came in the Swiss practice which increased revenue by 13% to £236m, up from £209m last year (11% in local currency terms to CHF346m from CHF313m).
In the last financial year, Deloitte’s partners and employees collectively contributed £1.77bn in Value Added* toward UK GDP, approximately 0.1% of total GDP over this period**. This is an increase of 4.8% on the previous year, almost twice the rate of growth of annualised GDP. We made a significant contribution to tax revenue by directly paying £356m to the UK Exchequer, whilst collecting a further £511m on its behalf.
Profit distributable to partners for 2014 was £554m, compared to £571m in 2013. The average profit earned by each partner in the year, after providing for pensions and annuities payable to retired partners, was £750,000 compared with £772,000 last year.
Job creation in London and the regions
Sproul added: “This has also been a year of investment: in our people and in a prosperous future for the firm and our clients. We have promoted or recruited 72 new partners to the firm and have hired more than 3,500 employees including 1,500 at entry-level positions.
“In June, Chancellor George Osborne opened Deloitte Digital’s new offices in Clerkenwell. This part of our business has grown significantly in the last two years and we expect it to double in size by the end of next year, as we help Britain’s leading businesses to develop technology software, products and digital services. We have created 500 new positions in our digital business which will be filled before the end of 2015.
“A further 300 new positions have been created in our Belfast and Cardiff offices where this year we have opened an analytics and digital hub and a risk management centre respectively. And through our Growth Escalator programme we have advised 34 CEOs, 23 of which are based outside London and the South East, as they develop international growth plans and make investment decisions.
Investing for the future prosperity of all
“In addition to developing the talents of our own people, we are committed to building the skills of Britain’s current and future business leaders. Our next generation CFO programme provides participants with a unique insight into the role and requirements of CFOs and is highly regarded across the FTSE350. This year, we extended the programme to include CIOs and next year we will go further, providing similar support to future Chief Procurement Officers.
“This year we launched Deloitte Access, a new skills and education programme with Teach First, supporting young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to access professional employment. Working with 11 Teach First schools we are providing tailored support and mentoring to more than 1,000 students, as well as teachers and schools to help young people develop the skills needed to access the best possible opportunities after education. This programme is integral to our wider recruitment plans. It is essential that we attract people from a diversity of backgrounds and with different ways of thinking and this programme helps us do that.”
Source: Deloitte, August 2014