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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.

Human Capital consists of four core divisions: Global Mobility, Total Reward, HR Advisory and Global Business Immigration Services. We currently have openings in Global Mobility, Total Reward and HR Advisory.

What will my day be like in 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, social security and assignment management assistance to our clients.

Opportunities are currently available in two teams: Expatriate Tax Services and Japanese Expatriate Tax Services (JETS).

Expatriate Tax Services

Our Expatriate Tax Services team assist a vast range of clients and hence the team is sub-divided into smaller teams to focus their skills in assisting similar clientele. These teams include Financial Services (FS) clients, Industrial, Consumer products, Pharmaceutical and Other (ICPO) clients and Strategic Growth Market (SGM) clients. Based on the team you are allocated to, you could be assisting a new emerging company take its first steps into the expatriate world, or helping a large multi-national bank organise tax compliance for their ever expanding international work-force.

Japanese Expatriate Tax Services (JETS)

Our Japanese Expatriate Tax Services team serves over 200 Japanese clients in the UK. Your client portfolio will contain a range of Japanese companies, from up and coming enterprises to leading global names. You’ll use your Japanese language skills (written and spoken) and draw on your knowledge of Japanese business culture on a daily basis through communication with your corporate clients, to advise and assist them with complex and fluctuating tax regulations. You’ll also be involved in the market-leading Japanese Discussion Club, a quarterly event tailored specially for our Japanese clients, to keep them abreast of the latest developments in tax, social security and immigration. The team requires bi-lingual graduates to join them in London.

Your day to day role in one of the above teams 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 will my day be like in HR Advisory?

Our Human Resource Advisory (HRA) practice works in partnership with the other areas of Human Capital and more broadly across EY.  The practice is structured around three integrated service offerings:

HR function effectiveness (HR Transformation)

Equipping HR functions to sustain their focus on cost reduction/containment and operational effectiveness through improvements to the Operating model (including Outsourcing & Shared Services), Policy, Process & enabling technologies.  In parallel, ensuring an appropriate focus on capability development across the HR function to ensure practitioners can contribute in a tangible manner to the businesses achievement of its strategic objectives.

Talent Management

Assisting organisations in the development of an approach to talent management, which creates a perceptible ‘line of sight’ from business strategies and business plans, through to talent interventions and programmes. Leveraging analytics and modelling capabilities to provide real insight into past performance and predictive outcomes to tailor programmes to business needs.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Supporting clients to address the people aspects of Mergers and Acquisitions to ensure they are able to contribute to pre deal value assessment and protect deal value (post deal), through well planned and executed integration activities.

As part of HRA, you will gain a breadth of experience working across all industries sectors and geographic locations.  You will work on projects, in client facing roles, typically on client site - experiencing challenging situations in an environment structured to deliver value to the client and learning opportunities for you.  You will gain experience across all three service offerings with the aim of specialising in one as your career develops.

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. Depending on their specialisation, some of our graduates in Total Reward may proceed to a study towards a Masters degree in Human Resources.

If you join our HR Advisory practice, you will be supported in studying towards the CIMA 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 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 start your career in London or one of our regional offices across the UK. The location you select will determine the area of Human Capital and the client group you'll join.

  • If you want to work with clients in the financial sector, apply to the Financial Services practice in our London office.
  • If you want to work in Global Mobility in a number of different industries then apply to our UK&I practice in London or one of our regional offices. Please note that there are additional language requirements for those who wish to join the Japanese Expatriate Tax Services team.
  • If you wish to advise clients on a broad range of HR performance, talent management and mergers and acquisitions, then apply to our HR Advisory Practice in London.

The entry requirements for 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.


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