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Have you got questions about applying to and working at EY? You’re likely to find your answers here.

COVID-19 Update

In light of the recent developments with regards to Covid-19 and to protect the health and wellbeing of our people and candidates, we will now be running Discover EY, Summer Internships, EY Experience Days and final interviews virtually with immediate effect. Our recruitment teams will be in touch directly with affected candidates to provide more information. If you have been successful at securing an offer with us, our teams will be in touch should this impact your future joining date.
We are closely following the Covid-19 guidelines set out by the UK government. We recognise this is an unsettling and challenging time and want to assure our people and candidates that your safety and wellbeing is our top priority.

    Vacancies and opportunities

    • How do I find out which student and graduate programmes are open for applications?

      You can visit our work experienceapprenticeships, and undergraduate and graduate programme pages and click the ‘apply now’ button. Each programme’s application dates are different depending on their location, so make sure you check the dates for the UK office you want to work in. It’s also worth noting that we close applications as soon as the set number of roles have been filled – so it’s best to apply sooner rather than later!

    • Am I allowed to apply to more than one role at a time?

      Unfortunately, no. We want you to apply the programme that interests you the most. If you need any help choosing the right programme, take a look at our programmes.

    • Do you have more than one apprenticeship or graduate intake per year?

      Sometimes, but not usually. Most of our apprenticeship or graduate programmes only have one intake, around August/September but there are some with start dates at different times of the year. To find out what each programme’s dates are, visit our programmes’ deadlines page.

    • What are your minimum academic requirements? If I don't meet them, can I still apply?

      We operate an open access to all policy and we don’t screen out any applications only on your academic performance at GCSE, A-Level or Degree. However, you’ll need a minimum of Level 2/GCSE (or equivalent if you’re an international student) in English Language & Maths. 

      We will assess your suitability using a number of tools throughout our market-leading recruitment process, which will take into account your numeric reasoning capabilities alongside academic achievements so if you feel your grades alone may not be enough, you will have the opportunity to show us your potential in the testing. This approach helps us to ensure your long-term success at EY, both in the workplace and in the achievement of professional qualifications, which is what our recruitment process is designed to do. 

      If you are applying to one of our Business or Degree Apprenticeship positions, it is therefore important that you provide us your top three obtained or accurately predicted A-levels (or equivalent). We’ll then verify your grades on A-level results day; if your grades are lower than predicted we will still consider the combined outcome with the tests you took during the recruitment process before deciding whether you’re still eligible for your offer of employment. Any drop in grades could therefore jeopardise your offer of employment.

    • I’d like to apply to an EY office outside of the UK. How do I go about it?

      All opportunities and jobs outside of the UK are managed by our offices in that location. Visit EY’s website here, to find current vacancies and contact details for jobs based abroad.

    • Can I speak to someone about your recruiting process and available programmes?

      There are several ways to find out more about our process and programmes.

      If you’re looking for answers about school-leaver opportunities:

      • Join us at an Insight Evening in one of our offices where you’ll get an idea of who we are and what we do. You’ll also get the chance to speak to leaders from the business as well as people who are currently on one of our programmes.
      • Find us at national recruitment fairs. We regularly update the ones we’re heading to, for schools here and for university here.
      • Visit individual programme pages on our careers website to hear from our experts and the people currently on the programmes. There are also quizzes to help you decide which programme might be right for you and application tips as well.

      If you have questions about your individual application, please contact us on +44(0)808 169 9829 between Monday to Friday, 9:00am-5.30pm UK time.

      If you’re looking for answers about our student opportunities:

      • We regularly attend events so you get the chance to meet people who are currently on our programmes, as well as those with more experience of working at EY. See which ones we’re attending here.
      • Check our website for student opportunities. As well as information about our programmes, you can find quizzes to help you decide if we’re right for you, and tips for applying.

      If you have questions about your individual application or would like to speak to our apprentices and graduates from across EY, you can ask us a question here.

      Another idea is to meet with your campus or schools careers advisor or talk to your lecturers or peers. They’re likely to have some insights on EY and some of them may even have been on one of our programmes themselves.

    • Can I apply for a graduate position in the UK if I need a work permit?

      Yes, you can. We welcome applications from non-European nationals but there are some restrictions you’ll need to know about when you apply. First of all, you need to make sure you meet the criteria for people looking to work in the UK, before you start on a programme. You can find out more about working visas from the UK Border Agency website, here.

      Then, depending on the start date of the programme you want to apply for, you’ll need to submit your application to us before the following dates:

      • For programmes with an April 2020 intake, your application must be received by 4 October 2019.
      • For programmes with an August or September 2020 intake, your application must be received by 7th February 2020 or 9th March 2020 respectively.

      These deadlines give us plenty of time to meet with you during the recruitment process and, if you’re successful, for us to apply for your visa.

      Tier 2 sponsorship

      As a general rule, applications for Tier 2 sponsorship require EY to show that there are no workers who meet the requirements for the role in the UK resident labour market. We therefore expect all roles will be filled by suitable workers (i) from the UK resident labour market and (ii) by those who hold a Tier 4 (General) visa. People in the second category (ii) will likely be currently studying for a degree in the UK and able to apply for a Tier 2 visa from within the UK, once they have completed their studies.

      If you’ve been offered a job and are applying for a Tier 4 to Tier 2 visa, you must be in the UK from the time you finish your degree or master’s to the day you start your programme. Otherwise your in-country application won’t be viable. We also won’t progress any applications from Tier 4 (General) visa holders who’ll need to make their Tier 2 visa applications from outside of the UK. If you have a Tier 4 (General) visa, you must also make sure that your degree or master’s will be completely finished (including all course work) before the programme start date. This is to ensure your application from Tier 4 to Tier 2 can be processed before you start. Your application will be withdrawn if you do not meet these conditions.

      That said, if you require Tier 2 sponsorship, only some graduate programmes in certain locations can support all the conditions set out by the Home Office Code of Practice. They are:

      • Any graduate programme in Assurance, Consulting and Tax (other than Belfast)
      • People Advisory Services – Mobility & Reward programme in Manchester, London, Leeds and Reading
      • People Advisory Services – Performance, Systems & Talent programme in Edinburgh, Manchester, London and Bristol
      • Transactions programme in London, Birmingham, Reading and Bristol

      Unfortunately, we can’t process international applications for programmes other than those listed above because of the salary benchmark set by the UK government.

      Please also be aware that the Home Office regularly change immigration rules. If that happens, and the changes affect the viability of your application before your start date, we reserve the right to change how we process applications, in line with the new regulations.

      If you’re unsure about your eligibility to work in the UK, please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration for more information.

    • Can I apply for an undergraduate position in the UK if I need a visa?

      Unfortunately, no. We can’t secure Certificates of Sponsorship for internships and fixed-term placements.

      That said, if you're already in full-time education in the UK on a Tier 4 (General) visa, you might be able to take up temporary work during your holidays or as part of your studies, under current regulations. Our summer internships run for six weeks, and the Home Office has stated that you’ll need to give us proof of your term times, so we can confirm you’ll only be working in your holidays.

      There are no special deadlines for applications for our summer internships, only the ones shown on the programmes pages. All you’ll need is the necessary right to work in the UK, by the time it starts.

      If you’re not sure of your right to work in the UK, please visit the UK Border Agency website for more information.

    • Can I apply for an apprenticeship position in the UK if I need a visa?

      We are unable to provide sponsorships if you require a work visa for our apprenticeship programmes.

    • Do I need a business, finance or accountancy degree to apply for a graduate position at EY?

      Not necessarily. Most of our programmes are open to graduates with an honours degree in any subject. Only a small number require a specific degree, so please check the requirements of the programme you’re interested in.

    • Can I apply for deferred entry?

      Yes, you can but we can only defer a limited number of offers to the next recruitment year and you should also know that deferral is not guaranteed.

      If you’re thinking of deferring, let us know as soon as possible during the selection process and if you’re successful, we’ll discuss the deferral process with you.

    • I graduated a few years ago. Can I still apply for a graduate position?

      Yes. We’re more than happy to accept applications from people who have already graduated.

    • I finished school/college a few years ago. Can I still apply for an apprenticeship position?

      To apply for an apprenticeship you should be:

      • Be 18 or over when starting the apprenticeship
      • Not in full-time education when starting the apprenticeship
      • UK/EEA Nationality or Permanent Residency Status
      • Residing in the UK/EEA for at least 3 years prior to starting your apprenticeship

      Please note that these eligibility criteria are set down by the UK government and may be subject to change from time to time. Please check the government website for further updates.

      Application process

      • How do I start the application process?

        First of all, you need to be sure about which programme you want to apply to. Then, go to that programme page and click the ‘Apply now’ button. You’ll then be taken to our job portal where you can start your application by creating an account.

      • How do I select the location I’d like to apply to?

        As part of the application form, you’re asked to select the office location you’d like to apply to. We recommend researching where the programme you’re interested in is offered and deciding where you’d like to work before this stage. You can find location information on each individual programme page.

      • The application form asks if I finished my studies in the ‘correct year’ in order to be eligible for the programme I’m applying to. How do I check this?

        For most of our programmes, it means is that you must have completed the required academic qualification before the programme starts and if you haven’t, your application could be rejected. If you’re still not sure, please see the below criteria:

        Business Academy

        When applying, you need to be in year 12/5th year completing 3 A levels, 5 highers or equivalent qualifications. You must also live within a 1 hour commuting distance from the office location you have applied for.

        Discover EY
        These Spring programmes are for undergraduates in their first year of university (or year 2 of a four year course). Each one has unique criteria so check the details of the programme you’re interested in, here. Students from UK universities are eligible and standard travel costs are reimbursed within an agreed limit.

        Business Apprenticeship
        When applying, you need to be on track to achieve, or have achieved, three A-Levels, five Scottish Highers or equivalent, before the start date in September 2020. If you're now working, you'll have attained 3 A levels, 5 Highers or equivalent qualifications.

        Degree Apprenticeship
        Eligible applicants still studying, must be completing 3 A levels, 5 Highers or equivalent qualifications. If you are now working, you’ll have attained 3 A levels, 5 Highers or equivalent qualifications.

        Summer Internship
        When applying, you should be on track to achieve an honours degree and also be in your penultimate year. You can also apply if you’ve already graduated with an honours degree but are doing a one-year master’s degree or taking a gap year from September 2020.

        Industrial Placement
        When applying, you should be on track to achieve an undergraduate honours degree and be in your penultimate year of study. This programme is for those requiring a placement year during their degree.

        Graduate programme
        When applying, you should be on track to achieve, or have achieved, an honours degree before the programme starts in September 2020.

      • I have a circumstances beyond my control which may adversely affected my academic performance

        Mitigating circumstances are any serious circumstances that are beyond your control which may adversely affected your academic performance.

        These are situations (but not limited) to:

        • Death of a close family member before or on the day of an exam
        • Critical illness of a close family member
        • Serious/critical injury
        • Significant unexpected family disruption that caused extreme stress
        • Jury service
        • Maternity, paternity or adoptive leave

        It’s really important that you upload any formal certifications or correspondence that you have which can serve as evidence in relation to your circumstances. We’ll need this when you submit an application with us. If you have any questions around mitigating circumstances, please contact us on +44(0)808 169 9829 between Monday to Friday, 9:00am-5.30pm UK time.

      • The application form asks if I have any criminal convictions. Do I need to disclose my conviction if it is spent?

        You don’t need to disclose spent convictions to potential employers under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, but you do need to declare unspent convictions. Cautions, convictions, reprimands and final warnings can all be considered spent after their rehabilitation period has ended, which is decided by the sentence or when you receive an out-of-court disposal.

        That said, some roles are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Chartered Accountancy is one of them, so if you’re applying for a programme that leads to membership of a Chartered Accountancy body, you must disclose all spent or unspent convictions. At EY, that means you’ll need to declare spent convictions when applying for programmes in Assurance, Tax and Transactions.

        You can find more information about disclosing criminal records to employers, here.

      • Do you accept CVs?

        Unfortunately, no. We want to treat all applicants equally and fairly, so everyone must complete the same online application form. Answer all the questions fully and we’ll fully consider your application.

        If you're unable to complete your form online or have special requirements, please contact us on +44(0)808 169 9829 between Monday to Friday, 9:00am-5.30pm UK time.

      • I’ve forgotten my password, how can I reset it?

        Click on the link to access your profile and at the login page click ‘Forgotten password.’ Follow the prompts and you'll receive an email with the next steps.

        If you still have trouble accessing your information or you’ve been locked out, please contact us on +44(0)808 169 9829 between Monday to Friday, 9:00am-5.30pm UK time.

      • I’m having trouble editing my partially completed application form, what should I do?

        You’ll need to log back into your account and take the steps to complete your form. If you’re still having problems, please contact us on +44(0)808 169 9829 between Monday to Friday, 9:00am-5.30pm UK time.

      • I've been withdrawn from the process, how do I get reinstated?

        If your application has been inactive for 10 days, we'll assume you're no longer interested in continuing and withdraw you from the process.

        If this is incorrect and you'd like to be reinstated up to the stage you were last at, please contact us on +44(0)808 169 9829 between Monday to Friday, 9:00am-5.30pm UK time.

      • I have a disability and/or long-term health condition – should I declare it?

        It’s really up to you. We want to treat everyone equally and fairly, irrespective of ability, and if you’d like to tell us about your disability or long-term health condition, we can help with adjustments or support during the recruitment process. There’s a dedicated section on our application form for this and we ask that you contact our Student Recruitment team either by phone or email before completing any assessments. Any conversations we have with you about your disability and/or long-term health condition will be confidential.

        You don't need to share any detail that you don't want to - we are purely interested in the adjustments and support you require so we can help you as best as we can.

        If you would like us to apply any adjustments to the process for a disability or long-term health condition, you must tell us before you complete any assessments. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to let you re-sit any assessments if you request adjustments after completion.

        If you’d like to discuss your application first, please contact us on +44(0)808 169 9829 between Monday to Friday, 9:00am-5.30pm UK time and we’ll do what we can to answer your questions.

        For more information about how we value people with all kinds of abilities, and to find out more about being in the workplace with a disability, visit My Plus Students’ Club.

      • Do I have to complete the assessments in one sitting?

        We strongly recommend you complete an assessment in one sitting, especially if it's getting close to the end of the application window! 

        Please note:

        • The Numerical Reasoning Test will allow a short practice test and once completed, go straight into the live test. Please ensure you are ready to complete all of this in one sitting as you won’t be able to return once you exit
        • The video section of the Learning on the Job stage also needs to be completed in one sitting so be ready and in a quiet location when recording your answers
        • We strongly encourage you to use a Windows based platform as there are known issues with Mac systems
        • Internet Explorer or Chrome is the preferred browser for the assessments

        Remember, you have to complete all the assessments within the time frame given in your invitation email, if you don’t, we can’t consider you.

      • Are the assessments timed?

        No, they don’t have a time limit. But we recommend you work quickly but accurately through the assessment, and complete them in one sitting.

      • I've looked everywhere on the site, but I can't find the answer to an important query. Can I contact you directly?

        Yes, please contact us on +44(0)808 169 9829 between Monday to Friday, 9:00am-5.30pm UK time.

      • How much time should I allow for the different stages of the process?

        Learning for a Changing World - this stage will take approximately 90 minutes.

        Learning on the Job - on average, this stage will take around 45 minutes. For our Business Apprentice and Degree Apprentice roles, you will also complete a numerical reasoning assessment as part of this stage and this should take up to 20 minutes.

      • I’ve made it through to ‘Shortlisting', what does this mean for my application?

        The next stage of the application process is shortlisting ahead of our Experience Days. During this stage we will look at your application and performance throughout the whole process. If you are successful through the shortlisting process, you will then receive an invite for one of our Experience Days.

        What is shortlisting?

        Shortlisting involves looking at your application and performance throughout the whole process. Your application and performance will be reviewed, and the highest performers will receive an invitation for an Experience Day. If your application required a motivational statement or had a specific degree requirement, this will also be reviewed during the shortlisting process by the Student Recruitment team.

        How long does the shortlisting process take?

        Shortlisting is an on-going process, and so there is no strict timeframe for how long it will take. The timeframe will be dependent on the Service Line, location, and role you applied for. All applications will be reviewed based on their performance through the process so far.

      • What is your policy relating to the Coronavirus outbreak?

        To protect our people’s health and wellbeing, as well as to assist in the containment of the Coronavirus, all EY travel to and from Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau, has been postponed until further notice.

        If you have travelled from Mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau, within the last 14 days you should immediately follow the advice provided by the UK Government. If you are due to attend an EY Experience Day or EY Final Interview you must allow a 14 day period of self-imposed quarantine before visiting an EY office.

        If this policy affects your scheduled EY Experience Day or EY Final interview please get in touch with us as a matter of urgency on +44(0)808 169 9829 between Monday to Friday, 9:00am-5.30pm UK time.

      • I’m experiencing technical difficulties with the online assessments, what should I do?

        Please contact us on +44(0)808 169 9829 between Monday to Friday, 9:00am-5.30pm UK time.

      • If I’m not successful in my application, can I apply again?

        Yes, if your application is unsuccessful at any of the assessment stages, you can apply again after 6 months from the date you were rejected out of the process. When you apply a second time, you’ll need to use a new email address because of restrictions in our system. Applications made before the 6 month time period has lapsed will be withdrawn.

        If your application has been unsuccessful because the roles have been filled, we can’t accept another application from you this time around but we’ll be in touch if a vacancy becomes available. Or, if you’ve previously applied for an undergraduate position and were rejected, you don’t have to wait any amount of time before applying for a graduate position (but you will need to have graduated). And lastly, if you’ve chosen to withdraw your application or the area you applied to is full, then there’s no time constraint before you can apply again.

      • If I’m not invited to the next stage of the recruitment process, can I still get feedback on my application?

        Yes. During every stage of our application process we’ll provide you with a written feedback report in your candidate portal. If you're unsuccessful after the final stage, EY experience, you can request feedback over the phone.

      • I have been asked to agree to a contextual information statement as part of my application - what does this mean?

        We are proud to have partnered with RARE, so that your application can be assessed in the context of your socio-economic background. This allows us to better understand and give you the maximum possible credit for your achievements, assessing whether you have overachieved in light of your wider personal circumstances. If you’re happy to supply us with this information, you will asked to complete a short information form, as part of your application form. You can also choose to opt out of sharing this information. Please note, supplying us with this information will not negatively impact your application. To find out more about Rare’s Consent and Privacy notice, click here.

      • What if my personal details change during the assessment period?

        You can change your personal details online by logging into your account at any time. Please ensure your email address and mobile numbers are up to date, as this will be the primary method of communication with you.

      • Can I delete my profile and job submissions?

        Yes, you can delete these at any stage. To delete your account or withdraw a specific job submission, please call us on +44(0)808 169 9829 between Monday to Friday, 9:00am-5.30pm UK so we can provide you with the details.

        Depending on how far into the assessment process you are, a member of our team may contact you to double check, before deleting your account. Once confirmed, your job submissions and/or your profile will be deleted.

      • What documentation will I need to produce before joining the firm?

        If you have a British passport, bring this along to the assessment centre. We’ll need to see proof of your right to work in the UK.

        If you’re invited to attend an assessment centre you must bring along original documentation AND photocopies of proof of your right to work in the UK. We’ll send you more information about what else you need to bring but above all, if you don’t bring this documentation and you haven’t told us in advance, we won’t be able to assess you on the day.

        If you’re unable to bring original certificates to the assessment centre then please bring copies but if you get to the offer stage, we’ll still need to see originals then.

      • I’m having issues receiving emails from EY, what can I do?

        We sometimes have issues with Hotmail email addresses that often reject or block our emails. It’s best if you contact us using a different email address and also update the details in your EY profile too.

      • I’ve been contacted by a company/individual offering to support me through the recruitment process for a cost, should I use this service?

        Please protect yourself. It’s not something that we’d ever condone anyone at EY to do, so in the first place we recommend ignoring it as it’s most likely a scam. There are internship or job scams that may be using false LinkedIn or Google+ profiles of EY people. Here are some common warning signs to lookout for:

        • EY (Ernst & Young LLP) will never ask you for money for training, classes, equipment, software, etc.
        • Legitimate EY employees have email addresses ending in @ey.com or @uk.ey.com. If someone claiming to work for us or a recruiter contacts you with an internship or job offer and it seems suspicious, ask to be contacted via an EY corporate email account.
        • EY will never initiate contact with you via text message.
        • Be cautious of emails with grammatical and spelling errors.
        • The only way to apply for a position at EY is through our online applicant tracking system, which is only accessible from ukcareers.ey.com so don’t be fooled into applying by responding via email.
        • Also, you’ll be able to see all correspondence from us, to you, in your account area.
      • How can I change or withdraw from my current programme choice?

        If you’d like to change the programme you’ve applied to or withdraw from our process, please contact us on +44(0)808 169 9829 between Monday to Friday, 9:00am-5.30pm UK time.

      Working at EY

      • How is EY structured?

        EY is a global organisation made up of member firms in more than 150 countries. Each member firm is owned by its partners and they have operational control of their business.

        However, in order to maintain the same high standards of service quality and delivery in each of our locations, we have a global governance structure. This consists of four geographic areas, each with an Area Executive that works in close association with our Global Executive, headed up by our CEO, Carmine di Sibio.

        To support our efforts as a worldwide organisation, we also have EY Global, which works strategically with each of our areas to support consistency and excellent work in all of our activities around the world.

      • In which countries does EY work?

        EY has offices in more than 150 countries (with over 261,000 people working across them). Take a look at our location map, here.

      • How do I choose which business area to join?

        We have a couple of ways of helping you decide where you may fit best in EY.

        • Take our EY Pathfinder quiz. Whether you’re finishing school, starting university or just about to graduate, this short quiz can help you work out where your skills and interests are best suited, in just eight scenario-based questions.
        • Speak to our people. Our people across the UK are online and ready to answer your EY questions.
        • Learn from people on our programmes. Whether you’re curious about work experienceapprenticeshipundergraduate or graduate programmes, we’ve asked our people to share their experiences with you. You can find their profiles on the pages of the programmes you’re interested in.
      • What are the programme starting salaries?

        These are all different depending on what programme you join and where in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland you work. On each programme page, where possible, we share a guide salary, so check the page of the programmes you're interested in for more information. 

        We don’t ever discuss salaries before an offer is made, so this is all the information we can currently give you.

      • Some of the student programmes involve professional qualifications. Will I have to pay for that training?

        No, we’ll cover the costs for you. If for some reason you need to re-sit your exams, we’ll work out the next steps together.

      • Can I apply for a job outside my home country?

        You can. We hire graduates across many of our global offices but your eligibility depends on the hiring country's qualification requirements, employment laws, work permit and/or visa requirements. You can find current vacancies by visiting the EY page of the country you want to work in. Browse our locations, here.

      • I have personal commitments that matter to me. What’s EY’s policy on flexible working?

        We understand that success is broader than what you achieve at the office. For many, family will always come first. That's why we support one another in achieving life balance, in reaching our personal goals, and keeping our personal commitments. We aim to be a flexible and understanding employer.

        If you need to discuss flexible working options, we’re happy to find solutions that will work for us both. That could mean reducing the number of hours you work or having access to the best IT and communications technology so you can work remotely.

        The key is communicating often with your team and supervisor and remaining flexible. We understand how having these options can make a real difference to your professional and personal success. It’s also why we’re proud that some of our people have participated in the Olympics, written novels and recorded albums while also pursuing a career at EY.

        Learn more about flexible working at EY, here.

      • What support do you provide for employees with disabilities?

        During the application process, our online form has a dedicated section where you can tell us if you have a disability and/or long-term health condition . You don’t need to tell us what this is in detail, as we are interested in the support or adjustments you might require through the assessment and selection process.

        If you receive an offer, again you’ll have the chance to tell us about any disability and/or long-term health condition, if you want. We can also arrange for someone from our dedicated HR team to discuss what you need in the workplace so we can support you to achieve your potential. If necessary, we’ll even have our someone from our Occupational Health or the Health and Safety team to work with you on workplace adjustments. Sometimes, this may include a visit to the office ahead of your start date to get a feel for your new work environment.

        Our long-standing, multi-award-winning Ability EY employee network works to support and educate our people. We organise events on specific topics such as stammering and have wider initiatives for subjects like mental health. We also encourage our business leaders to share their personal experiences.

      Student programmes at EY

        Developing your career at EY

        • How will I grow as a professional?

          With lots of support from us. We aim to give you interesting and challenging work that allows you to continually develop your skills and knowledge. And we back up your day-to-day responsibilities with one of the most comprehensive training programmes in the business.

          It’s called LEAD and it reflects a commitment to your development. We work with you to understand your individual strengths and aspirations and then offer you the right blend of experiences, learning and coaching to meet these. This approach will help accelerate your progress and support your career goals and aspirations.

          You can find out more about LEAD, here.

        • Once I join, can I work in another country?

          We're committed to offering our people international experiences and after you've been with us for a year, you can apply for a short- or long-term secondment, or to our international mobility programme. You'll need a strong performance record to qualify. Speak to your team leader and they’ll help you find the right international opportunities to enhance your development.

        • How much say will I have on my own career progression?

          You own your career at EY, but developing it is a mutual commitment. You're responsible for telling us your aspirations, and your performance reviews will help us work out your developmental needs. As well as that, we offer a supportive, team-oriented and learning environment that will help you become a highly competent and successful professional. You’ll have lots of career options and wherever possible, we try to be flexible so you can balance the demands of work with your personal life.

          We ask that in return, you take responsibility for your professional and personal growth and for giving your best, every day.

        Life at EY

        • What are the typical hours in a working week?

          That’s difficult to say because there's no typical week at EY and your hours will vary according to the project you're involved in. During busy periods, you may be asked to work late, more regularly at client sites or in some circumstances, at weekends. By communicating regularly with your team and supervisor, you'll be able to understand their expectations and plan your time effectively, enabling you to manage your work life balance.

        • What do people wear at EY?

          Our office dress policy is business casual. However, we're providing a professional service to our clients and they expect us to look the part, so formal business attire is appropriate for meetings with clients. The exception to this rule is when you're based at client sites and we encourage you to adopt the client's dress code policy.

        • What’s the office social life like?

          It’s diverse and inclusive. EY’s offices are full of individuals with a variety of backgrounds and opinions united by a shared set of values. You’ll find lots of groups and networks built around interests ranging from hobbies, sports and creative or intellectual pursuits, to volunteer and support groups, for example for working mothers. Regardless of your background or areas of interest, you'll find colleagues who share them.

        • What’s EY's approach to diversity and inclusiveness?

          Our aim is to bring together the right people to create the best teams that give our clients the exceptional service they expect.

          When we talk about diversity, we’re referring to the mix of people we have and when we speak of inclusiveness, it’s about how we make the most of that mix. It's about welcoming diverse viewpoints, and about how this leads to making better decisions for us and for our clients.

          That’s why we encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, abilities and experiences. It creates a rich and diverse culture – one that can help you learn, develop and achieve your goals.

          We also believe in developing our own people's cultural awareness and skills. We help them to be aware of their own assumptions, frames of reference and behaviours. It’s one more way of developing great soft-skills and a global mindset.

          The workforce around the world is becoming more diverse than ever. We've therefore created an environment in which all people feel valued, are part of the community and are able to perform at their best. Wherever possible, we break down barriers. For example, we were one of the first employers in the US to offer health benefits to same-sex partners. And we’ve been prolific in publishing papers that deal with the issues women face in business and the workplace, to try and speed up gender parity. By having a more diverse business, we can better engage with clients across all demographics in a global economy.

        • What’s EY's approach towards environmental sustainability?

          We recognise our responsibility to reduce our impact on the environment and we also see sustainability as an important business issue for our clients.

          On a global basis, we measure our carbon footprint and find ways to reduce it by:

          • Locating our offices in buildings that meet the highest standards for sustainability
          • Reducing the need for overseas travel, using video and teleconferencing instead
          • Sourcing green energy suppliers wherever possible

          On an individual level, you can join one of the eco-teams in our offices that promotes responsible practices, or contribute your time to a charity or organisation that benefits the environment.