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In today’s globally integrated, tightly regulated and increasingly competitive business environment, one critical success factor stands out: people. Our Human Capital services offer a “total picture” perspective, integrating global mobility, workplace effectiveness and talent and reward. Through our comprehensive approach, we can help our clients make the most of their investment in their people. We assist clients ranging from some of the world’s largest employers to fast growing entrepreneurial businesses in our offices across the UK from London to the regions.

Human Capital consists of three core areas: Mobility Services, Talent and Reward, and HR Performance Improvement.

What will my day be like in Mobility Services?

Our Mobility Services help our clients manage the complex compliance, reporting and risks inherent in deploying a globally mobile workforce. We offer a suite of mobility services that can help make global mobility programs more strategic, such as reviewing or helping to build an employee assignment policy, advising on assignment costs, or managing the client and their employees’ tax and social security compliance across the globe.

Mobility Services currently operates in 3 main areas:

  • Global Mobility (GM) Tax and Advisory Services
  • Japanese Expatriate Tax Services (JETS)
  • Global Business Immigration (GBIS)

GM Tax and Advisory Services

The GM Tax and Advisory team is the biggest of the Human Capital service teams. Their focus is on providing advice to our clients with respect to tax compliance, assignment policy and expatriate tax planning opportunities. The team is divided into different market sector and industry groups enabling the engagement teams to provide our clients with advice using our industry knowledge and expertise.

Working within GM tax and advisory opens up a wide range of opportunities and experiences for you to get involved with. You could liaise with our local country teams around the world on a daily basis, assisting our clients in providing tax advice on a global scale. You could be part of a growing team and participate in technical briefings held with individuals travelling to or from the UK, assist clients in writing their assignment policies or even help manage modified payrolls. With opportunities to also learn and practice US tax to become a UK / US Dual Handler, being part of the Mobility team allows you to choose the type of advisor that you want to be whilst building a truly global network within EY.

Japanese Expatriate Tax Services (JETS)

Due to the exclusive nature of the Japanese (and Korean) businesses, our EY Mobility practice has a specialist team to provide expatriate services to this niche market.

As a member of the Japanese Expatriate Tax Services team, your client portfolio will contain a range of Japanese and Korean companies, from recently established enterprises to leading global names. Although majority of the work within the JETS team mirrors that of the GM Tax and Advisory team, you will have the opportunity to use your Japanese language skills (written and spoken) and draw on your knowledge of Japanese business culture on a daily basis to provide these services to our clients.

Global Business Immigration (GBIS)

EY’s Global Immigration practice provides market-leading immigration services on a global scale. Not only do we offer the world’s largest single provider global business immigration network, but we also leverage our in-house international assignment management services, international tax and social security expertise in ways that we believe are unique in the global market for international mobility services.

Our GBIS team assists our clients in completion and tracking of their assignees’ work permits, providing them with an understanding of the real costs of immigration and supporting them with the collection of data required to be provided to our tax and social security teams.

Although we do not currently recruit directly into our GBIS team, we do have opportunities that open up should you receive and accept an offer within any of the other Human Capital teams.

What will my day be like in Talent and Reward?

Our Talent and Reward services help clients address the range of issues that are associated with reward strategies, talent programs and maintaining workforce effectiveness. To reach its potential, an organization must continuously improve its performance — and sustain that improvement. We can help clients optimize these particular business areas by looking at the entire lifecycle of a mobile workforce from advice on recruitment (use of employees, contractors, etc.), to the provision of benefits to their employees, executive compensation, as well as advising them on all employee reward and employment tax compliance aspects in the UK and globally. We combine providing advice to clients around tax efficiencies such as share schemes and salary sacrifice, with assistance in ensuring global compliance with the increasing tax and related regulation around the world.

Our Total Reward team operates within four separate specialisms:

  • Executive Compensation and Reward (ECR)
  • Global Employment Tax Services (GETS)
  • Stock and Mobility Services (SMS)
  • Global Equity

As a new graduate or school leaver, you will have the opportunity to work in all of these skills areas, before specialising as you become more senior.

Executive Compensation and Reward (ECR)

The ECR team focuses on helping clients with their overall reward strategy. Business reward their employees in a variety of way including salary, cash bonuses, awards of shares and non-cash benefits such as cars. An ECR professional advises clients on the most effective way to use rewards to maximise business performance. This may include advising remuneration committees on setting executive compensation levels, director remuneration reporting, or advising management on all employee reward.

This is an area of growing interest to clients and governments alike in which an understanding of client’s businesses is crucial. Typical work could include gathering data to determine the salary of the CEO of a company or helping to construct a Long Term Incentive Plan to reward employees’ performance.

Global Employment Tax Services (GETS)

With employee income and benefits being an area everyone can relate to, GETS is a great place to start your career in tax. Compared to other roles GETS is extremely people orientated so getting out, meeting clients and developing relationships is an essential part of the job.

As part of the GETS team you will be meeting clients regularly to discuss their employment tax challenges. The work is project based and may include carrying out a due diligence on an industry leading company: reviewing their compliance to legislation and HMRC guidance, or looking at implementing a salary sacrifice scheme in which employees exchange part of their salary for non-taxable benefits such as pension contributions, which can provide cost savings for a company.

Stock and Mobility Services (SMS)

The SMS team assist employers with their global tax obligations arising from equity/share based remuneration paid to employees. Where long term incentive remuneration is paid to individuals who have worked in more than one country, the SMS team pull in data from a variety of sources including legislation, tax treaties and personal mobility data in order to provide accurate tax withholding calculations within the tight deadlines that clients require. Within the SMS team, you will acquire unique opportunities to develop global tax knowledge and build a strong network globally within EY.

Within SMS, you will experience a rapid build-up in tax technical knowledge, IT skills and attendance at client facing meetings. As we use EY proprietary software, there is also potential to assist on logic coding the tax rules underpinning the SMS system.

Global Equity

Share based remuneration provides businesses with a key method of aligning the goals of employees and their shareholders. Company share schemes are the subject of significant legislation in the UK and overseas which leads to significant compliance challenges for employers, particularly where a share based awards are taxable in more than one country as a result of an employee’s mobility.

As a Global Equity professional you will meet regularly with your clients in order to help them understanding how their share based awards provided to employees are taxed in the UK and overseas jurisdictions. The work is highly technical and may include assisting clients with reporting on activity under share plans, advising a business on the effect of restructuring their business (such as merger or acquisition) on their employees’ share based awards or performing due diligence on the taxability of a client’s share award schemes across multiple jurisdictions.

What will my day be like in HR Performance Improvement?

Please note for more information on our separate Human Capital - HR Advisory programme click here.

Today there is increased pressure on HR departments to be more efficient by leveraging the organization’s talents, driving profitability and creating meaningful change — all amid budget cuts and hiring freezes. We can help clients develop and implement programs specifically designed around these areas of HR performance improvement.

Our HRPI team operates within the following specialisms:

  • Talent Management
  • HR Transformation
  • HC Corporate Transactions

Talent Management

Our team help clients focus on ensuring their HR activities and initiatives are directly connected to driving business performance by integrating these initiatives into the wider business plans. These projects typically include analysing our clients HR strategy options, Workforce planning, Analytics, HR policy frameworks and Stakeholder value proposition.

HR Transformation

Our HR Functional Effectiveness proposition focuses upon transforming HR functions, enabling them to operate more effectively and efficiently. This could include improving their operating model, processes, enabling technologies, or developing the capability of people within the HR function, data and reporting, HR risk and compliance, and shared services.

HC Corporate Transactions

This area supports clients to address the people aspects of mergers & acquisitions, divestments or business restructuring. Engagements in this area typically include due diligence, reporting, organisation design, culture, integration, talent mapping, change management and outsourcing.

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

Right from day one, you will have the opportunity to participate in our intensive in-house training sessions that target your all-round development as a tax advisor. These sessions vary from monthly peer-group technical discussions to annual global conferences.

The role expected of you as a graduate in our Human Capital practice is very demanding and you’ll need to learn fast. Therefore, the training and development you receive has been structured to give you the expertise and experience that you need to build yourself an excellent reputation helping you take your career further, faster.

The firm will also provide the opportunity for you to study towards relevant professional qualification(s).

As a graduate in one of our Mobility services and Total Reward teams, you will study for the Association of Tax Technicians (ATT) qualification upon joining the firm. Once you have passed the ATT exams you will have the option to pursue the Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification, depending on your specialisation, you may be offered to study towards a Masters degree in Human Resources.

If you choose to join our HR Advisory practice, you will be supported in studying towards the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) or the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) qualifications. After two years of practice in the HRA team, you will also be given the option to study for a Masters degree in Human Resources.

What opportunities will Human Capital open up?

Due to the breadth of opportunities available within the Human Capital practice, you choose your eventual career path. As the key to our business is our people, you will begin to meet and correspond with clients from the word go, and be the face of EY to many external stakeholders.

You may choose to:

  • Specialise in a particular tax role focusing on advising our clients on complicated cross-border tax issues; or
  • Become a skilled global client engagement manager working with our teams across the globe to provide a flawless and consistent experience; or
  • Develop into an all-round Human Capital tax advisor to work with our clients in identifying their needs for improvement in dealing with their workforce; or
  • Focus your skills internally on enhancing the efficiency and capabilities of our team and take up lead role in driving our Human Capital service forward; or
  • Participate in an international assignment programme in one of our global offices or even be seconded to work for one of our clients should you require a change.

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.

Entry requirements:

You are eligible to apply for this programme if you are studying for an honours degree or have graduated with an honours degree.

Please note that there are additional language requirements for those who wish to join the Japanese Expatriate Tax Services team.

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