Press release

EY retains top Universum ranking all around the world

Minsk, 17 July 2017

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Each year, Universum surveys students around the world to determine which employers they perceive as the most desirable to work for. This year’s World’s Most Attractive Employers (WMAE) rankings reveal that they admire us – a lot.

According to this year’s WMAE rankings:

  • We’re the world’s most attractive professional services employer – for the second year in a row
  • We’re the world’s fourth most attractive employer – just behind Google, Goldman Sachs and Apple
  • For the first time, we made it into the top 50 globally among engineering and IT students

Our WMAE ranking is indicative of how strong brand awareness and preference for EY are among the next generation – including business, engineering and IT students. This means we can continue to attract the quality of talent that makes your teams exceptional.

“The Universum ranking contributes to our ability to hire the best people for the business. When we prioritize recruitment and building relationships with candidates, we see that focus in the quality of the people we are able to hire, which elevates our brand in the marketplace. That’s why it’s particularly impressive to see the improvement we’ve made in our engineering/IT results this year. We need to continue our focus of positioning EY as a career destination for those in technology, engineering and math,” says Nancy Altobello, Global Vice Chair – Talent.

Pavel Laschenko, EY Country Managing Partner for Belarus, says: “To maintain our leadership in the professional services industry and continue to be named among the world’s most attractive employers along with Google, Goldman Sachs and Apple, we have to focus on continuous improvement. These results can only be achieved through hard work, the right approach to goal setting, and investment in the development of our people.

We are proud that EY Belarus is the leading professional services provider and the largest employer for graduates with degrees in economics and proficiency in English. This year we are also seeing a notable growth in the number of young employees with minimum qualifications in mathematics, physics and engineering. This trend is set to continue for years to come.

We start working with our future specialists when they are still in their final year at university. They start as interns, and the best are then offered full-time jobs. We provide more and more internship opportunities for talented students and graduates every year. This year we are planning to welcome up to 100 interns, more than half of which are expected to be mathematics, physics and engineering students.

We are the first full-time employer for many of our employees, so we purposefully invest our time and money in their professional development. We offer them an opportunity to receive an international diploma (ACCA, DipIFR, CISA) and work almost anywhere in the world.

Our achievements in this regard can be illustrated by a steady growth in the number of professionals at EY’s Minsk office with international certificates (44 holders). Measured by this indicator and many others, we are the leading professional services firm in Belarus,” adds Pavel Laschenko.

EY is inviting senior students of Belarusian higher education institutions majoring in economics, mathematics, physics and engineering, who want to build international careers, to take a paid internship with the firm starting September 2017 with subsequent employment in Audit and Tax Support.

About EY
EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The firm has been active in the CIS since 1989. Currently, 4,500 professionals work at 20 offices in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Ekaterinburg, Kazan, Krasnodar, Rostov-on-Don, Vladivostok, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Togliatti, Almaty, Astana, Atyrau, Bishkek, Baku, Kyiv, Tashkent, Tbilisi, Yerevan and Minsk. EY opened its doors in Belarus in 1994 and is today the country’s largest international provider of professional business services. The firm’s clients include major companies and banks based in Belarus and around the world. Since 2010 EY has been a member of the Coordinating Council for the Harmonization of Belarus Law with IFRS, and since 2004 it has been the official advisor of the National Bank of Belarus for the introduction of IFRS in the country’s banking sector. The firm has acted as the coordinator of the Foreign Investment Advisory Council under the auspices of the Government of Belarus since 2001. EY Belarus has a staff of over 350 employees.

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About Universum
Universum is the global leader in employer branding, advising the leading employers in the world to better understand, attract and recruit talent. Its solutions are actionable research, strategic advisory, communication solutions, and Universum is a pioneer in social media solutions for talent branding, sourcing and analytics. The World's Most Attractive Employer 2016 ranking is based on surveys of business and engineering/IT students in the world’s 12 largest economies by GDP, revealing which employers have the most effective employer brands based on responses of 267,084 business and engineering/IT students.