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Big Five

n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the five countries considered to be the major world powers. In the period immediately following World War II, the US, Britain, the Soviet Union, China, and France were regarded as the Big Five
2. the lion, the elephant, the rhinoceros, the buffalo, and the leopard: considered to be the five principal African wild animals, esp as sought by those on safari
3. (Commerce) Also: Big Four or Big Three a small powerful group, as of banks, companies, etc
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Firms were categorized into three groups: the Big 5, firms with over 20 members and all others.
The survey revealed that in the non-Big-5 firms, only 6% of professionals transferred from an audit to a tax division; in the Big 5, only 10% did likewise.
For new hires in tax, 59% percent in the non-Big-5 and 32% in the Big 5 came from other firms.