Tax Apprenticeship Programme

Use innovative technology and collaborate with local and global clients to help them make better Tax decisions, whilst you study to become a qualified Tax Advisor.

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    Tax at EY

    Tax affects every aspect of our lives (for example allowing schools, hospitals, banks and insurers to operate) and laws are continuously evolving. We help local and global organisations, from individuals and start-ups to influential multinationals companies, manage every element of their tax affairs and tax risk policies. Tax also places a key focus on sustainability - accelerating our client’s sustainability strategy and building long-term value.

    Technology in Tax

    A continuous focus on innovation in tax has transformed the way we support businesses – working collaboratively with clients and using agile methods to develop tailored solutions, faster than ever before.

    Our integrated team of technologists and tax professionals bring fresh perspectives to longstanding operational problems facing Tax. We work with businesses of all sizes to develop innovative approaches that transform their Tax functions and use of technology.

    What will you be doing?

    • Working across various specialist tax teams within UK & Ireland (UK&I) or Financial Services (FS)
    • Working directly on technical research alongside senior colleagues
    • Working alongside your team on advisory projects to tackle some sizeable tax and operational challenges faced by our clients
    • Working alongside audit teams assisting in the review of tax disclosures and other tax items in the accounts
    • Interacting with global EY teams on tax compliance engagements and gaining an overview of tax requirements worldwide
    • Building important relationships with clients through meetings and day-to-day work
    • Receiving regular mentoring to allow you to eventually coach and manage onshore junior and offshore resource to facilitate the delivery of your work
    • Are you eligible to apply?

      We operate an open access policy, meaning we don’t screen out applications on your academic performance alone.

      England and Northern Ireland: You will, need a minimum of grade 4/C GCSE (or equivalent) in English Language and Maths, and to have completed three A-levels or (equivalent e.g. BTEC Nationals) by the time the programme starts.

      Scotland: You will need a minimum grade C National 5 (or equivalent) in English Language and Maths, and be working towards completing 5 Highers or be working towards a SCQF Level 6/7 by the time the programme starts.

      We welcome applications from all academic backgrounds and are looking for individuals who will succeed at EY in the desired role and future qualifications, therefore throughout our recruitment process your academic performance will be considered against your online assessment scores to determine your suitability for an EY role. We are also proud to partner with RARE recruitment, so that your application can be processed in the context of your socio-economic background. This allows us to give you the maximum credit for your achievements, assessing whether you have overachieved in light of your personal circumstances.

      It is therefore important that you provide us with your top three obtained or accurately predicted A-Levels (or equivalent) as these will be verified and considered as part of the offer process should you be successful. Any drop in grades could jeopardise your offer of employment.

      Read more about our academic requirements.

    Programme length

    Four years



    Professional qualifications

    ICAEW in England and ICAS in Scotland

    Level 7 Apprenticeship*

    In Accountancy and Taxation (equivalent to a master’s degree). Learn more here.

    *Please note: Only applicable to individuals joining an office in England.

      How’s it structured?

      Developing your understanding of local and international tax laws is at the heart of this programme. Whether you join UK & Ireland or Financial Services, you'll be in a supportive team and will receive regular coaching and mentoring. You'll be learning on-the-job and will be given access to training opportunities.

      Year 1 - Your first year will be spent understanding how businesses operate and the tax issues associated with them. You will also begin studying for your professional qualification. You'll have lots of support and will build your technical knowledge by assisting Seniors with tax work while working alongside offshore support (where relevant).

      Years 2 and 3 - You'll continue studying for your professional qualification. You will also be gaining invaluable experience through technical tax work and working directly with Managers and above. You will be assisting and delegating work to new joiners and taking on more responsibility on engagements and interacting directly with clients.

      Year 4 - You'll complete the ICAEW/ICAS professional qualification and qualify as a chartered accountant.

      Alongside day-to-day work, you'll also have the opportunity to join the many EY networks and social groups available, allowing you to broaden your opportunities and increase your social network.

      I have the opportunity to work with many recognisable clients, build my network and learn from incredible people.


      Tax Apprentice


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      Rewards and benefits

      You want a career that counts. An experience that challenges you. That rewards performance and ultimately defines your future. That's what's on offer at EY. After all, our success is founded on yours.

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      All candidates should be given the opportunity to be their best selves throughout the process. We have adjustments in place to make all individual applications accessible.

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      2024 Applications are now closed


      Join our student talent community to learn more about our career opportunities, life at EY, exclusive events and when we're opening for 2025 applications later in the year.

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