Our contractors

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.

    Ways to work together

    You can contract with EY under one of three arrangements. Which one is relevant for you may depend on your own set-up, the job you’re performing and the needs of a particular project.

    • As a Personal Services Company (Ltd Consultant)

      It’s common for senior, career contractors to operate under a personal services company. If you’re set up this way, you’ll have a non-employee contract, arranged by our agency partner who’ll pay you via your Ltd Company. Because this is a business-to-business relationship, we don’t make any holiday uplift or NI contributions on your behalf. If you’re considering this working arrangement, we recommend that you seek advice from an independent accountant to make sure you comply fully with current legislation.

    • As a Pay As You Earn (PAYE) temp

      As a temporary member of staff, we’ll pay you an hourly or daily rate and make tax and NI contributions on your behalf . This will be handled by our agency partner, so your Agency Worker Rights apply. You can explore current contracting opportunities with us (under Ltd Consultant and PAYE arrangements) on GigNow.

    • As a Fixed-Term Contractor (FTC)

      Under this arrangement, you’ll have the same contractual terms as a permanent EY employee, including benefits, notice period and statutory rights. The only difference is your contractual end date. Because of this, a FTC arrangement differs from the other two contract types in some important ways. For example, we’ll be more involved in directing and supervising your work on a day-to-day basis – just like any employed team member. Rather than being limited to a specific project, task or set of commercial deliverables, you may be asked to work on a variety of more loosely defined assignments. You’ll need to dedicate your whole working time to EY, which means you can’t deliver services to other organisations at the same time.

      If you’re interested in working with us as an FTC, click here to view our latest jobs.

    What to expect at EY

    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, which can take up to 15 days (three working weeks). If we have queries based on your CV or background, we’ll arrange a convenient time to discuss these with you. Meanwhile, we’ll send you an offer letter and contract, along with any relevant non-disclosure agreements. Once all the paperwork is complete, we’ll be ready to get started.

    • When you start

      On day one, we’ll give you a temporary security pass, an EY laptop and a guide to help you get set up. You’ll need to use this laptop for the duration of your contract, beginning with few training modules required for onboarding. It’s important that no EY or client information is sent to any personal accounts or stored on personal hardware. We’ll also set you up on our timesheets and expenses system, through which you’ll be paid (typically monthly, 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 service delivery
      • Tools and methods you’ll be expected to use, as well as engagement documentation
      • How to complete timesheets (if applicable), with your manager as approver
    • What we expect from you

      When you join our team, we expect the same quality of work and professionalism that we do from our permanent employees. 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 you’ve worked along with the relevant client information. Your manager will forward these onto us so we can invoice you accordingly. They’re also responsible for forwarding any travel-related costs you accrue during your time with us.

    • 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 six 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 


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    How GigNow works

    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 our 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 or email our team.

    • Who can sign up or apply on GigNow?

      GigNow currently features UK, US, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India & China gigs. Anyone who is interested in contract or project-based work with EY, who is authorised to work within the countries stated above, and who otherwise meets our requirements, can sign up or apply. We will be adding gigs in more countries in the coming months.

      To sign up to GigNow, please go to https://app.gignow.com/ey/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.

    • What types of contract opportunities do you have on GigNow?

      We have opportunities across all areas of our business, with more being added to GigNow regularly. Here are some of the areas contractors are already getting involved:  

      • Contract Lawyers
      • Agile Programme Masters
      • Cloud Computing
      • Robotics
      • Cyber Security
      • Artificial Intelligence
      • Developers
      • Data Scientists
      • Programme 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 six to nine 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 employees 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 firm has a formal contractual relationship.

    • After creating an account and a profile, who can see my information?

      All of your personal information is protected according to our privacy policy. Only EY recruiters and hiring managers will be able to see your profile. There is no public access to your profile.

    • How is my application evaluated by EY, and what is the process after I submit my application?

      Our team 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.


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