EY to add 270 new recruits to 1,800 strong workforce in Ireland

23 June 2016 Consultancy.uk

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.EYs expansion in Ireland “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.


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Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

05 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

A pair of Bristol-based consulting firms have been recognized for having among the UK’s best office break areas. People Source Consulting and Ashville were marked out for their vibrant and fun spaces, which feature table games, picnic areas, and even beer.

With competition for talent in the UK continuing to heat up – as the nation continues to enjoy its highest employment rate since the 1970s – firms have been upping their game on multiple fronts to help attract the cream of the crop. In order to successfully court the best candidates, companies are not only taking into account pay and benefits, but are also working to lure potential employees to their firms with the promise of innovative and vibrant work spaces.

In late 2018, employment website Glassdoor announced ten offices had been named the coolest places to work in the UK. Among those lauded for their work in enriching the working day of their employees was Capco – the only consultancy to make the grade.

Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

Now, HomeLeisureDirect.com, a leading games room specialist based in the UK, has announced the ten offices it believes have made the cut for its inaugural Office Breakout of the Year competition. The contest has pitted a diverse range of companies against one another to be named the best office-based breakout space that the UK has to offer. Research from HomeLeisureDirect.com recently revealed that 65% of workers would consider switching employers for a better working environment, making the appearance of two consultancies on the list especially important for their recruitment ambitions.

People Source Consulting – a recruitment business from Bristol – hosts a brightly lit and vibrant space, complete with faux grass and picnic benches, along with a well-stocked beverage fridge – alcohol appears to be an option – as well as an array of tabletop games, including pool. Ashville, an asset management consultancy also based in Bristol, meanwhile boasts a break room decked out with table football, a table tennis court and even arcade machines.

Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

The other eight finalists exhibit offerings including swinging hammocks, scooters and a bizarre and brilliant variety of other features. The other nominees are accessplanit – a software business from Lancaster; Digital 22 – a marketing and design agency from Clitheroe; Roc Search – a tech and engineering recruitment specialist from Reading; Sales-i – a provider of sales analytics software from Solihull; SEC Group – an office fit out company from Stevenage; SLG Brands – a portfolio of beauty brands with a head office in Cheltenham; Zest Digital – a digital marketing agency from Oxford; and 16i – a digital design agency also from Cheltenham.

Andy Beresford, MD of HomeLeisureDirect.com, said, “According to recent reports, the UK is currently seeing record levels of employment, and while that might be a great statistic, the knock-on effect is that it’s becoming harder and harder to recruit top talent… Being named as a finalist gives those shortlisted businesses the opportunity to showcase how they go about delivering a better working environment for their employees, with some top effort evidently involved judging by what we’ve seen.”