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You can visit our work experience, apprenticeships, 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!
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 EY Pathfinder.
If you go through the process and want to apply to another programme, you can withdraw but you will need to start from the very beginning of the process – we are unable to offer any swaps throughout the recruitment process.
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.
We operate an open access policy and we don’t screen out any applications on your academic performance at A-Level or Degree alone. However, you will need a minimum of grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) in English Language and Maths to be eligible to apply.
For some of our apprenticeships there are additional further government requirements. Please check the individual programme pages for further guidance.
While we welcome applications from candidates of all academic backgrounds, we are looking to recruit individuals who will succeed at EY in the role and future qualifications. We have completed several studies on academic attainment at A level (or equivalents), candidate performance in the online assessments in the EY recruitment process, and how that predicts future performance at EY.
Throughout the recruitment process, we therefore assess your suitability for an EY role by considering your scores in the online assessments alongside your academic attainment at A level or equivalent. We combine this with your scores obtained in the online assessments, and expect a minimum threshold to be achieved. As a guide, if you have less than 112 UCAS points from your top three A-levels, five Highers or equivalent, you will need to achieve very high scores within the online assessments to meet the threshold.
This approach is designed to ensure our joiners are successful in role and, where relevant, in the achievement of their professional qualifications. It is important to EY, and we have a duty of care which we take very seriously, to ensure our joiners are set up for long-term success.
If you are applying to one of our Business or Degree Apprenticeship positions, and are yet to obtain your A levels, Highers or equivalents, it is very important that you provide accurately predicted grades on your EY application form. An EY Apprenticeship offer is conditional on you obtaining the top three A Levels/top five Highers (or equivalents) that you predicted on your EY application form. If you do not meet your predicted grades, there is a risk your offer will be withdrawn. On results day we will verify your results to determine if you are still eligible for your offer of employment.
There are several ways to find out more about our process and programmes.
If you’re looking for answers about school-leaver opportunities:
- 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)800 289 208 between Monday to Friday, 8:30am-5.30pm UK time or email the Student Recruitment team.
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.
Yes, you can. We welcome applications from non-UK 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 2021 intake, your application must be received by 2 October 2020.
- For programmes with an August or September 2021 intake, your application must be received by 5th February 2021 or 8th March 2021 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.
If you require visa 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.
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.
We are unable to provide sponsorships if you require a work visa for our apprenticeship programmes.
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.
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.
Yes. We’re more than happy to accept applications from people who have already graduated.
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.
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.
If you require any reasonable adjustments or do not have access to technology, or the right setting to complete the online/virtual parts of the process, you can call us on +44(0)800 289 208 between Monday to Friday, 8:30am-5:30pm UK time or email our Student Recruitment team and we'll be happy to help.
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.
For most of our programmes, it means 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:
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.
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.
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 2021. If you're now working, you'll have attained 3 A levels, 5 Highers or equivalent qualifications.
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.
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 2021.
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.
When applying, you should be on track to achieve, or have achieved, an honours degree in Summer 2021. All course elements of your Degree or Masters Degree must have been fully completed ahead of the start date in August or September 2021.
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)800 289 208 between Monday to Friday, 8:30am-5.30pm UK time or email the Student Recruitment team.
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 Strategy and Transactions.
You can find more information about disclosing criminal records to employers, here.
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)800 289 208 between Monday to Friday, 8:30am-5.30pm UK time or email the Student Recruitment team.
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)800 289 208 between Monday to Friday, 8:30am-5.30pm UK time or email the Student Recruitment team.
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)800 289 208 between Monday to Friday, 8:30am-5.30pm UK time or email the Student Recruitment team.
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)800 289 208 between Monday to Friday, 8:30am-5.30pm UK time or email the Student Recruitment team.
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)800 289 208 between Monday to Friday, 8:30am-5.30pm UK time or email the Student Recruitment team and we’ll do what we can to answer your questions.
To find out more about the support we provide to students with disabilities and long term health conditions during the application and recruitment process, and within the workplace, please view our profile on My Plus Students’ Club.
We strongly recommend you complete an assessment in one sitting, especially if it's getting close to the end of the application window!
- During our Online Assessment, you will be presented with a range of sources and scenarios that reflect our role in a connected world. None of the questions in this assessment require you to perform calculations, so you will not need a calculator
- The instructions page to the Numerical Reasoning Test contains a link to complete a short practice test. We would strongly recommend that you do this before proceeding to the live test. Please ensure you are ready to complete the live assessment in one sitting as you won’t be able to return once you exit.
- The Job Simulation will give you an insight into what it is like to work in the business area you have applied for. The video section of this stage should be completed in one sitting, so be ready and in a quiet location when recording your answers
- Make sure you are using a modern web browser to complete each assessment. We recommend using Google Chrome as your browser, as this is the most reliable
- For the best experience, we recommend completing all assessments on a laptop or desktop device. We would also recommend using a windows-based device for the most reliable experience
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.
No, they don’t have a time limit. But we recommend you work quickly but accurately through the assessments, and complete them in one sitting.
The online assessments will take approximately 90 minutes.
Job Simulation - on average, this stage will take around 45 minutes.
Telephone Interview - for our Business Apprentice, Degree Apprentice and Business Academy roles you will complete a Telephone Interview that will last approximately 30 minutes.
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.
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. Depending on the role and programme you’ve applied to and where you are in the recruitment process, we may be able to offer you the option to divert your application to another role and/or location. We will be in touch with you directly if you are eligible for this. 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.
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.
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.
Yes, you can delete these at any stage. To delete your account or withdraw a specific job submission, please contact us on +44(0)800 289 208 between Monday to Friday, 8:30am-5.30pm UK time 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.
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. The Student Recruitment team will give you further guidance on this.
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.
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.
If you’d like to change the programme you’ve applied to or withdraw from our process, please contact us on +44(0)800 289 208 between Monday to Friday, 8:30am-5.30pm UK time or email the Student Recruitment team.
Working at EY
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.
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 experience, apprenticeship, undergraduate 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
Learn more about flexible working at EY, here.
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
Yes, we offer work experience to school and university students but use different names for them. Find out which work experience option is right for you, here.
You can also check with your university or school/college career services for more information.
Yes, but only for university students. They’re a great way to jump start your career with valuable experience and insights and if you do a great job, you could be offered a place on a graduate programme once you’ve finished studying. Find out more here.
- Our six-week summer internships start at the beginning of July
- Our one-year industrial placements start at the end of July
We can’t give you exact dates but we often hold the one-week programme at the end of July.
The same ones as people currently on our graduate programmes. That means you'll collect data, complete analyses, prepare presentations, and take part in meetings. You'll receive intensive training to help get you started, extensive coaching from people on your team and support with the next steps of your career. You’ll also be part of socials and fun activities to help you get to know fellow interns better and build your network.
You may be. It all depends on how well your internship goes. If you do a great job and are an excellent team player, there’s a good chance you’ll be offered a graduate position within the team you’ve been working for.
You may be. It all depends on how well your Business Academy work experience goes. If you do a great job and are an excellent team player, there’s a good chance you’ll be fast-tracked into the final stages of the application process for the apprenticeship programme.
We encourage you to support your community in any way you can. All of our people are given two days of paid leave each year to dedicate to volunteering activities that always offer something back.
Find out more about our corporate responsibility here. Or for more information about our UK charity, EY Foundation, visit https://www.ey.com/en_uk/corporate-responsibility/ey-foundation
Excellence in learning and development is a core element of your experience at EY. With our award-winning worldwide learning and development programmes, you receive the formal training you need through a variety of approaches in the classroom and online, including access to on-demand learning. You'll also learn through new experiences and on-the-job coaching and mentoring.
Developing your career at EY
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.
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.
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
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.
Our office dress policy is "dress for your day". This means you can dress in clothes that make you feel comfortable for the day you have planned. 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.
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.
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.
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.