McKinsey & Company

McKinsey & Company

McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm that helps leading companies, public sector bodies and social sector organisations improve their performance and tackle their most serious challenges in strategy, operations, organisation and technology.

Today it has consultants deployed from over 100 offices in more than 60 countries. Our London office was McKinsey’s first international office, established in 1959. In the UK we serve the UK’s leading companies, major multinational corporations and the public sector.

We develop long-term perspectives on the challenges facing the economy and conduct local and global research into management issues, as well as contribute to public debates on the most pressing issues faced by business and society.

Our work reflects the broad range of sectors that contribute to the UK economy and the complex issues they face. In London we also support many pro bono initiatives and not-for-profit organisations and take a particular interest in youth entrepreneurship and unemployment, education and women’s leadership opportunities.

In the specific area of education and business, in 2012 we published “Education to Employment”, a report that examined the growing mismatch between available job vacancies and the number of unemployed young people- now standing at 75 million globally- a widely recognized but little understood conundrum. Strongly research-based, this identified and analysed a fundamental disconnect between employers, youth and educators, and attempted to answer the crucial questions posed.

We also published the two ground-setting reports on the world’s best performing school systems in 2007 and 2010.

We benefit too from the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), the firm’s business and economics research arm, established in 1990 to develop a deeper understanding of the evolving global economy. MGI’s goal is to provide leaders in the commercial, public and social sectors with facts and insights on which to base management and policy decisions. MGI’s research-based reports have covered more than 20 countries and 30 industries. Current research focuses on six larger macro-economic themes: productivity and growth; the evolution of global financial markets; the economic impact of technology and innovation; urbanisation; the future of work; and natural resources.

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Education to employment: Getting Europe’s youth into work

We surveyed 5,300 youth, 2,600 employers, and 700 postsecondary-education providers across 8 countries