EY named one of UK’s ‘Best Big Companies to Work For’

23 February 2017

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EY has been listed in The Sunday Times ‘Top 30 Best Big Companies to Work For’, which ranks ‘the cream of Britain's employers’.

The global professional services firm was ranked 17th in the list, based on the anonymous opinions of its employees. EY also received a one star accreditation and a special award - ‘Giving Something Back’ – recognising the firm’s creative approach to supporting charities and the local community.

Steve Varley, Chairman and UK & Ireland Managing Partner, said: “To have been recognised as one of the UK’s ‘Best Big Companies to Work For’ is a real achievement. It is a testament to the steps we have taken to help create a more diverse and inclusive culture.

“Last year we made bold changes to our student recruitment process, by removing academic entry criteria and introducing a ‘blind CV policy'. As a result, we saw a 75% increase in applications to our 2016 student programmes, receiving 37,000 applications for 1,600 places. We also saw a rise in the proportion of students who joined us from state schools and those who are first in their family to go to University, up 10 and 7 percentage points respectively.

“Other worthy milestones include, launching a returner’s scheme, ‘EY Reconnect’, to help people who have taken a career break from the profession back into the workplace. We have also now trained over 600 Mental Health First Aiders and published a gender expression, identity and transition guide to support our transgender community.

“By introducing such progressive policies and initiatives we hope to encourage other businesses to do the same and inspire social change.”

Maggie Stilwell, Managing Partner for Talent at EY, UK & Ireland, added: “We aim to have a leading people culture at EY, in our industry and beyond. To do so we will continue to challenge the status quo, disrupt ourselves and find new ways to cultivate a diverse and inclusive working environment for our people.”