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Contracting at EY
Whether you’re a first time contractor or a regular with us, feel part of a team and gain experience with exciting projects shaping the working world.
The new world of work is empowering. More than ever before, the power to work where, when and how you want is in your hands. With the rise of the gig economy and changing employee/employer relationships, we’re creating more agile working arrangements and making it easier for you to access contract opportunities.
That’s why we’ve created GigNow – a platform where you can search, learn about and apply to contract opportunities (‘gigs’) with EY. GigNow is the perfect way for you to have flexibility, make an impact on EY clients and our organisation, and grow as a professional.
GigNow Frequently Asked Questions
What is GigNow for contractors?
The new world of work is empowering. More than ever before, the power to work where, when and how you want is in your hands. With the rise of the gig economy and changing employee/employer relationships, we're creating more agile working arrangements and making it easier for you to access contract opportunities.
That’s why we’ve created GigNow – a platform where you can search, learn about and apply to contract opportunities (‘gigs’) with EY.
GigNow is the perfect way for you to have flexibility, make an impact on EY clients and our organisation, and grow as a professional.
It’s quick, easy and direct. Find out from our FAQs below how you can get involved. Alternatively, if you have a specific query about being a contractor at EY, please get in touch via e-mail at email@example.com.
Who can sign up or apply on GigNow?
Anyone who is interested in contract or project-based work with EY, who is authorised to work in Australia and New Zealand and who otherwise meets our requirements, can sign up or apply.
To sign up to GigNow, please go to https://www.gignow.com/sign_up and follow the step-by-step instructions on the site
What are the benefits of joining GigNow?
With GigNow, you now have direct access to exciting contractor roles at EY. You no longer have to sift through multiple career sites to find your next project at EY. We have a dedicated recruiting team who will review every application and reach out if there is a match to an opportunity. GigNow offers flexibility for individuals who may prefer to only work certain times of the year, or maybe retired or left the workforce for parenting responsibilities and looking to return to a non-permanent role that offers flexibility.
What types of contract opportunities do you have on GigNow?
We have opportunities across all areas of our businesses/services, with more being added to GigNow regularly. Here are some of the areas contractors are already getting involved:
- Change Managers
- Agile Program Masters
- Cloud Computing
- Cyber Security
- Artificial Intelligence
- Data Scientists
- Program Managers
Access the GigNow platform here and start exploring. If you can’t see a relevant opportunity, all you need to do is upload your CV and one of our recruiters will contact you once a project becomes available. New openings are always being added, so be sure to check back frequently.
How long does a typical contractor role last?
The contractor roles at EY vary, with an average duration of three to twelve months, depending on the assignment. An assignment can be as short as a few weeks, to much longer, based on business needs.
Is GigNow open to former EY people and Partners?
Absolutely, we welcome EY alumni to register with GigNow.
Can third parties/agencies submit applications?
We accept applications only from direct applicants. Application submissions by third parties/agencies are prohibited. EY only works with third parties/agencies when the organisation has a formal contractual relationship.
After creating an account and a profile, who can see my information?
How is my application evaluated by EY, and what is the process after I submit my application?
Our teams consists of EY recruiters who collaborate with EY hiring teams to understand the requirements for an open position. They will review your application and assess the match between your work experience and qualifications with the job requirements. If there is a match, they will contact you to set up an interview.
How do I track the status of my application?
Log into your GigNow account and click on “My Gigs”. You will be able to see the latest status of all your applications.
What if I forget my password or email for my account?
To reset your password, go to the Login page and click on the "Forgot password" link. You will receive an email with a link to reset your password.
How do I contract with EY?
You can contract with EY under one of three arrangements. Which one is relevant for you will depend on your own set-up.
A Limited Company (Pty Ltd) Contractors
It’s common for senior, career contractors to operate under their own limited company. If you’re set up this way, you’ll have a non-employee contract, arranged by our payroll provider who’ll pay you via your entity. You will be paid an hourly or daily rate. Because this is a business-to-business relationship, you are expected to have relevant insurances and workers compensation. If you’re considering this working arrangement, we recommend that you seek independent advice to make sure you comply fully with current legislation.
Individual Worker - (PAYG – Australia) or (PAYE – New Zealand)
As a PAYG or PAYE worker you will paid an hourly or daily rate and superannuation or Kiwi saver contributions are made on your behalf. You will be required to produce a Tax File Number (Australia), or, an Inland Revenue Department number (New Zealand) and income tax will be withheld as per the ATO tax tables. This will be handled by our payroll provider, so your Agency Worker Rights apply.
As a Sole Trader
Whilst a business may be able to operate through various entity types such a Hybrid Trust, Partnership, or Sole Trader, our agency partner will contract with these entities as a PAYG Entity Contractor and not as a Hybrid Trust, Partnership or Sole Trader in their own right.
If you’re successful in your application to a contracting role, here’s what you can expect.
Before you join
We’ll get straight into the required pre-employment screening checks and our payroll provider will be in touch with you to arrange necessary paperwork. As EY is a professional services firm subject to external regulations, you will also need to clear an Independence check.
All contractors through GigNow are payrolled via EY’s payroll provider who manage onboarding and payment. You will receive an assignment letter from the payroll provider along with any relevant non-disclosure agreements. Once all the paperwork is complete, you will be ready to get started.
When you start
On day one, you will report to an agreed location where you will be met by an EY representative. For some contractors this may be at an EY office and for others it may be at a client site. You will receive either an EY laptop or a client laptop and a guide to help you get set up. You’ll need to use this laptop for the duration of your contract. It’s important that no EY or client information is sent to any personal accounts or stored on personal hardware. Our payroll provider will have set you up on their timesheet and expense system, through which you’ll be paid weekly in arrears. Your manager will provide an engagement introduction, which should include:
- Client background and engagement objectives
- EY values, engagement team structure, as well as colleague introductions
- Quality and risk management standards and requirements
- Your role and services that you would provide
- Tools and methods you’ll be expected to use, as well as engagement documentation
What are the hours and travel commitments like?
Hours and travel requirements vary depending on the assignment and will be discussed with you during the interview process.
Am I eligible for holidays, sick leave and employee benefits?
GigNow workers are not employees of EY and thus are ineligible for EY benefits, including paid time off.
Once I’ve registered on GigNow, what can I expect?
We encourage you to regularly review the GigNow job board for current opportunities and apply to roles that align to your skills and interests. If you are matched to a role the GigNow team will connect with you to discuss your suitability.
What we expect from you
When you join the team, we expect the same quality of work and professionalism that we do from our permanent people. We’ll give you regular feedback on the services you provide, to help guide your efforts and make sure you meet these standards.
You’re also responsible for recording the days and hours you’ve worked and ensuring your timesheets are submitted every Friday.
Your point of contact
Your manager will make sure you have everything you need to succeed. They’ll look over what you produce, provide feedback and do whatever they can to make your EY experience a great one.
Things to note
- Initial contracts cannot be issued for longer than twelve months
- Client-related expenses are payable separately from the daily rate and as agreed with your manager
- We’ll confirm the end of your contract typically two weeks prior to its finish, or as agreed in your contract
A Gig in the Life
New projects, new places, new faces – each gig in the contracting life brings a unique set of challenges.