Press release

20 Sep 2018 London, GB

EY named world’s #1 professional services employer in Universum’s ‘World’s Most Attractive Employers’ annual ranking

LONDON, 19 SEPTEMBER 2018. EY has been named the world’s most attractive professional services employer for the third consecutive year – and the third most attractive employer overall – in Universum’s annual “World’s Most Attractive Employers” ranking.

  • Marks the third consecutive year EY is the #1 professional services employer
  • EY ranks third as world’s most attractive employer overall
  • Rank among engineering and IT students jumps by 24%

EY has been named the world’s most attractive professional services employer for the third consecutive year – and the third most attractive employer overall – in Universum’s annual “World’s Most Attractive Employers” ranking. Universum’s 2018 ranking is based on a survey of more than 228,910 business, engineering and IT students from the top academic institutions across 12 of the world’s largest economies.

In this year’s survey, EY was ranked #1 professional services employer in four countries: US, Canada, Russia and India. Additionally, this year, EY has improved its ranking by 24% on Universum’s top 50 list of global employers for engineering and IT students, moving up from number 49 to number 37 overall. Last year was the first time EY was named in Universum’s top 50 ranking for engineering and IT students.

Mark Weinberger, EY Global Chairman and CEO, says:

“Being viewed as a top global employer among business, engineering and IT students recognizes our commitment to create a best in class experience for EY people and to help them reach their full potential — both personally and professionally. At EY, we’re focused on providing an exceptional experience for 260,000 people, who help clients address new challenges and realize our purpose of building a better working world every day. We are thrilled to be named the world’s most attractive professional services employer by Universum for the third consecutive year, and the third most attractive employer overall.”

Approximately US$500m has been invested in training and more than 13 million formal hours in learning have been conducted, with a continued focus on emerging technology training throughout the organization. Last year, EY also introduced new programs to prepare for the future of work, including LEAD, a new global model for career development and performance, and a digital credentials program known as EY Badges to help EY people cultivate skills related to emerging technology, innovation and sectors. Today, more than 15,000 EY Badges have been initiated and more than 2,800 EY Badges have been earned.  Data visualization and robotic process automation (RPA) are the most-earned badges to date.

Trent Henry, EY Global Vice Chair – Talent, says:

“To respond to the changing needs of our business and clients’ businesses, EY is transforming everything, from how it’s developing people to the types of candidates it’s seeking. Investments in emerging technology and new workforce programs are equipping EY people with the in-demand technical skills they will need to grow their careers and help clients overcome their toughest challenges. We’re incredibly proud to be recognized in Universum’s annual ranking once again and thrilled that business, engineering and IT students around the world continue to see the value of the EY experience.”

There are more than 260,000 EY people in more than 150 countries around the world, with combined global revenues of US$34.8b in FY18.

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Notes to Editors

About EY

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About Universum Global

Universum is the global leader in employer branding, during our 30 years, we have established ourselves in 60 markets globally and our diverse workforce is physically present in 20 countries. Our services include actionable research, strategic advisory, data-driven communication and social media solutions for talent branding, sourcing, and analytics. A trusted partner to over 1,700 clients, including many Fortune 500 companies, as well as global media partners that publish our annual rankings and trend reports. We work with over 2,000 universities, alumni groups, and professional organizations to gather insights from students and professionals in order to advise employers on how to attract and retain talent that fits their culture and purpose. On an annual basis, Universum surveys over 1,500,000 students and professionals worldwide. Find out more at



Kailyn Smigelski,  EY Media Relations and Social Media Assistant Director - Talent

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