EY looking for 15,500 new professionals in United States

03 November 2014 Consultancy.uk

Professional services firm EY has plans to in the U.S. recruit 6,500 experienced hires and almost 9,000 students in the current fiscal year. The majority of the employees will be recruited for Advisory, its consulting practice that has been growing strongly in the past years.

Big four firm EY has announced plans to recruit 15,500 new professionals in the US in its FY2015, which ends in July 2015. EY’s hiring spree follows strong demand for the services ofts management consulting practice. “The demand for our services and our success in the market is driving the need to bring in more talented people,” says Larry Nash, Americas Director of Experienced and Executive Recruiting at EY, in an interview with Accounting Today.

Of these 15,500 new professionals, approximately 6,500 will be experienced hires - an increase of almost 50% compared to FY2013. “This is particularly significant because the positions rank above entry level, they’re full-time jobs, and they’re well-paying jobs,” comments Nash. The other 9,000 hires will be students, who will either work full-time or as intern.

Larry Nash - EY

Nash states that although hires will occur across all service lines, the highest number of new professionals is expected in EY’s advisory practice and assurance services practice. “Our advisory practice we expect will account for 30% of our experienced recruiting. That practice has grown significantly over the last five to seven years. Over the last five years, it’s had double-digit growth.”

Recruiting through employee referrals
To find the right talent in a cost-effective way in the extremely competitive market, EY has shifted its recruitment strategy to a strong focus on employee referrals. According to Nash, this method has turned into the largest and most effective source of EY’s hiring in the US, increasing from 28% in 2010 to almost 50% in 2014. The reason for EY’s choice for employee referrals can be found in the longer commitment referred-to employees might have. “There are definitely some studies and research, both outside Ernst & Young and what we’ve done inside Ernst & Young, that show that referred workers compared to hires from other channels have better performance and stay a bit longer, because they have a built-in network from people they know,” concludes Nash.

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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.”