EY plans to add 270 new professionals to its 1,800-strong workforce in Ireland in the coming twelve months. The move follows strong growth in the country, with organic growth of more than 16% per annum booked over the last three years. To accommodate for the expansion, two new offices, based in Dublin and Galway, have been opened.
With a team of 212,000 professionals globally, EY is one of the globe’s largest professional services firms. The Big Four’s Irish operations comprises of roughly 1,800 accountants, auditors and consultants, working from seven offices across the country.
Early this month Mike McKerr, Country Managing Partner of EY Ireland, unveiled that on the back of strong growth – the firm is the fastest grower of the Big Four in the country (+27% growth in workforce in the past two years) – plans have been drafted to hire 270 new recruits in the next 12 months. The recruits will be taken on across EY’s four main business areas: assurance, tax, transaction and advisory. Among the consulting service lines which will see the largest uptake of new talent are Data Analytics, Digital Strategy, IT Transformation, People and Organisational Change, Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services (FIDS) and Cyber Security.
The new hires will be based across EY’s seven offices in Ireland*, including the recently opened new offices in Dublin (Station Building, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2) and Galway (Eyre Square). To accommodate for the expansion in Limerick, where EY currently employs over 50 people, the Big Four has just signed the lease on a new office space in the city which can accommodate up to 100 people. “As we grow our business we need to find the right mix of talent to meet our client demands and we are delighted to be in a position to create these additional 270 jobs. We are recruiting professionals at all levels, from graduates through to directors and partners, with the type of sector specific experience which will allow us to provide clients with the insight and advice they need to protect and grow their businesses and customer base,” comments McKerr.
McKerr adds that, for those interested in joining the firm’s ranks, the business advisory is committed to promoting gender equality and diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace. “Our focus is on meeting the changing needs of our people, particularly millennials, and ensuring we create an environment which promotes diversity of thought, background and personality – in essence a place where people can bring their whole self to work. We believe this is essential to our continued success as a leading employer and a competitive business within the market.”
In demand Irish landscape
Ireland is finding itself in high demand from large consultancies. In recent months Deloitte, KPMG and PwC have revealed plans to expand their footprint in the country, with BDO doing so late 2014, while also technology giants TCS (+80 jobs) and Accenture (+250 jobs) have ramped up of late, inciting the latter firm to move into a new, larger office located at Dublin’s south docklands (7 Hanover Quay).
* EY’s offices in Ireland are based in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Waterfrod.