Financial Services Human Capital

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Our Human Capital professionals assist clients ranging from some of the world’s largest employers to fast growing entrepreneurial businesses. They provide our clients with compliance and advisory support by designing tax-effective reward strategies, helping them mobilise their employees across borders and do so by ensuring their client’s workforce is managed in line with their organisational goals.

Financial Services Human Capital consists of two core divisions: Global Mobility and Total Reward.

What will my day be like in Financial Services Global Mobility?

Having the right people at the right location is critical to our clients. Whether they are entering a new country - or sharing their practices across the globe, the complexity of managing one’s expatriate workforce is great. With tax and social security arrangements differing from country to country, international assignments pose a significant risk to international businesses. Our Global Mobility professionals provide expatriate tax, socialsecurity and assignment management assistance to our clients.

Your day to day role in Global Mobility will include:

  • Working with your team to help companies ensure that their workforce is compliant in tax and social security matters. In London we specialise in both UK and US taxes;
  • Meet with expatriates to advise them of the tax and social-security implications of moving countries;
  • Interacting with HR managers, finance or tax directors and assignment managers, as well as the individual assignees themselves. Regulations around the world change constantly, so we approach our clients with new ideas regularly;
  • Assist your team in advising companies on tax savings and planning opportunities;
  • Assist companies to plan cost-efficient, compliant international employee moves and expatriate policies;

What will my day be like in Total Reward?

Our Total Reward professionals work with organisations to create leading people programmes aligned to their corporate strategy. They design and develop compensation, equity incentives and cost-optimisation programmes to help clients engage their people and improve their human-resource function. Depending on your specialisation, your everyday work will include several of the below areas:

  • Assisting your team in reviewing reward packages for Senior employees and Board member Executives;
  • Assist your team in planning and implementing Equity incentive plans for your client(s), including share-based remuneration and bonus equity issues;
  • Assist your team in implementing employee share-plans and modelling company performance and remuneration outcomes;
  • Assist with the administration of international equity schemes and advise the client on changing global regulation and cross-border tax and social security obligations on expatriate awards by advising companies of compliant cost-efficient remuneration packages;
  • Work with HR managers, finance or tax directors to help them adapt to rapidly changing employment tax regulations;
  • Develop technological resources that can aide companies in becoming tax compliant and efficient
  • Assist clients with international tax compliance projects as well as represent them before HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)

What training and development will I receive in my first few years?

Your training path will depend on the division and team that you join, however, that said, you’ll receive intensive in-house training that combine work on personal and technical skills. As an employee recruited through the graduate program, you’ll also have the opportunity to study for the relevant professional qualification(s).

As a graduate in one of our tax practices in Global Mobility, or one of our Total Reward teams you will study for the Association of Tax Technicians (ATT) qualification. Once you are ATT examined you will have the option to proceed to the Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification.

The work is very demanding and you’ll need to learn fast. The training and development you receive is second to none, and will give you the expertise and experience you need to build yourself an excellent reputation and have a real impact in your area of specialism. The skills and experience you pick up will help you to take your career further, faster.

What opportunities will Financial Services Human Capital open up?

As your experience grows, so will your responsibility. You will begin to meet and correspond with clients directly, and be the face of EY to many external stakeholders.

You can:

  • Use your in-depth human-capital knowledge to become a dedicated HR/people advisor to your clients;
  • Lead mobility compliance programmes for our largest and most international clients;
  • Set up a shared-services centre in an emerging market to support your client’s HR strategy;
  • Focus your skills internally to lead in the Human Capital service;
  • Participate in an international assignment programme in one of our global offices.

You may choose to specialise in your chosen market, increase your client portfolio, and take on more responsibility for clients and projects. There will be greater scope to work with other parts of the business once you have gained the necessary experiences and this will help you make informed decisions on your future career path.

Once sufficiently qualified and proven, you will have the opportunity to go on secondment to other offices across the globe through any of our structured assignment programs and benefit from additional skills that you could pick up on the way.

The rate at which you progress at EY depends entirely on you. Whether you choose to become a tax specialist or a leader in the organisation and coordination of extensive assignment policies, you will benefit from the wealth of resources that the firm has to offer, along with world-class training and experiences.

What are my options when I apply?

You can choose to specialise in Financial Services Human Capital at application stage. You will work with our financial services clients and can start your career in any of our UK offices depending on the vacancies available.

The entry requirements for Financial Services Human Capital are:

  • Grade B or above for GCSE Mathematics and English Language (or equivalent);
  • At least 300 (24) UCAS points (excluding General Studies and re-sits);
  • A minimum 2.1 degree.

Please note: in exceptional circumstances we will accept applications from candidates who do not meet our academic requirements. If this is your case, you will need to provide strong justification for why we should consider your application. You will also need to provide documentary evidence of any mitigating circumstances.

The above entry requirements are not applicable for our Schools Programmes.


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