Speaking ahead of the job announcement Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said: “With more people than ever before at work in Ireland, the Government wants to support the creation of not just more jobs, but better jobs. So I am delighted that EY is announcing the creation of more than 500 high-quality positions, providing opportunities in the areas such as accounting, science, engineering and technology.
"We want to retain home-grown talent and also attract highly skilled workers from abroad, so the opportunity that EY provides candidates to base themselves in Ireland while gaining international experience through their global network and client base is vitally important for Ireland Inc. I am also pleased to see EY continuing its commitment to graduate employment by providing career opportunities through the recruitment of these 305 college-leavers, helping to copper-fasten our reputation as a leading country for top talent and investment."
Exceptional growth in the firm’s consultancy practice, driven by continuing disruption in the Irish and global business landscape, has led to the creation of more than half of the new roles, and has driven increased demand for graduate positions. EY is actively recruiting candidates to fill a variety of roles in areas including Data Analytics; IT Advisory and Transformation; Risk; Cyber; Digital Strategy and Customer Experience. Ongoing demand in the firm’s core audit, tax and corporate finance practices has also led to the creation of these new roles, including fast-growth areas such as Economic Advisory; Tax and Audit Innovation and Automation.
Taking up the role as new Managing Partner of the firm on July 1st , Frank O’Keeffe, said: “At EY, we are committed to job creation in Ireland and we’re delighted to announce these 520 jobs across our seven offices. While geopolitical, uncertainty and technological disruption will undoubtedly present challenges for businesses and the Irish economies, Ireland is facing these challenges from a position of great strength and flexibility. As a result our client needs are evolving and more innovative solutions are required. We are bringing together the best talent and latest technology to drive truly transformative innovation in all our services. In the last year, approximately 60% of offers we’ve made in Ireland have been to people with non-traditional tax or accounting backgrounds. Tax and accounting experts will always be core to our business, and the combination of traditional and innovative capabilities means we can provide market-leading products and services that help our clients continue to tackle some of today’s most complex and pressing issues.”
As EY continues to look at traditional sources for talent, it is also recruiting candidates from varying academic backgrounds including science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). New hires will work on major projects across Ireland’s top PLCs, entrepreneurial businesses, multinationals and public sector clients. Today EY employs accountants, tax specialists, engineers, data scientists, economists, programmers, mathematicians and customer experience specialists. 145 of the new roles will be based in EY’s two Dublin offices, with the remaining spread across EY’s other five offices in Ireland – Belfast, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford.
“It’s crucial we recruit the best people from graduates through to partners with the type of sector-specific experience that will allow us to provide clients with the insight and advice they need to grow their businesses and customer base. In order to attract the best talent at all levels in today’s competitive labour market, we have extremely attractive packages and a leading purpose-driven people culture that celebrates diversity and offers employees an exceptional experience. We know that today’s employees expect more from their workplaces, and we are firmly committed to ensuring what we offer will give them huge opportunity to progress and build a successful and fulfilling career at EY,” O’Keeffe concluded.
The firm, which provides assurance, tax, transaction and consultancy services, has achieved market-leading performance for the last four years, with organic growth of more than 12% last Financial Year (FY17), and sizeable growth expected again for Financial Year end 2018. Notable performance is reported across a number of key areas of recent strategic investment, including innovative client service offerings in its audit practice through the Statutory Reporting Centre of Excellence; Government & Infrastructure; Economic Advisory and EY-Seren, the firm’s digital design and customer experience agency launched last year.