Frank O’Keeffe, Managing Partner, EY Ireland, explains; “Our plans to grow our headcount by over 810 people in the coming months reflect the continuing strong growth of EY across the island of Ireland and the evolution we’re seeing amongst our client base. The fundamental changes brought about by the pandemic, coupled with wider macroeconomic headwinds and shifting business models, have created increased demand for our services as we help our clients tackle their most complex business challenges. Our clients are increasingly looking to EY to help them navigate change but also to seek out opportunity to help them transform, grow and prosper into the future. We’re looking for the best talent to join our world class teams as we support our incredible clients to unlock their full potential.”
“We’re recruiting professionals at all levels, from university graduates through to partners, with backgrounds not only in business but in technology, science, engineering, law and humanities, however we’re not limited to these areas. Our new EY hybrid working model will also give us the opportunity to attract talent from every corner of the island of Ireland, not just in Dublin or in the big urban centres. If we have learned anything in the past 18 months it’s that the best talent can be located anywhere on the island and can still consistently deliver brilliant results. Our people will have the ability to flex between working from client site, an EY office or from home in a way that works for our clients, our people and for our business. This really is such an exciting time for EY as we grow with our incredible clients and with our amazing people at the heart of all of our plans.
Investment in people
EY Ireland has a leading people culture and a transformational approach to developing talent, having promoted or progressed over 34% of its people in the past year. The firm has a 50:50 male/female split amongst its headcount below Partner level and is committed to reaching an initial target of 35% female Partners by 2025.
Frank commented: “We know that the best people want to work in an environment that has a diverse and inclusive culture. We’re committed to recruiting diverse talent in terms of background, experience, skillset and ethnicity and creating an environment that promotes diversity of thought, background and personality. Building the highest perfoming teams, mentoring and developing our people, giving everyone a clear career path and progression opportunities to move up in our firm, is central to our business and people strategy. We are excited to offer these same opportunities to new talent joining EY in the coming months and years.”