EY named world’s #1 professional services employer in annual Universum World’s Most Attractive Employer ranking

London, 29 June 2016

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  • EY is the world’s third most attractive employer overall
  • EY is also the #1 professional services employer in five countries

EY has been named the world’s most attractive professional services employer – and third most attractive employer overall – in Universum’s annual World’s Most Attractive Employer ranking. The ranking is based on a survey of 267,084 business and engineering/IT students from the top academic institutions across 12 of the world’s largest economies. In addition to its global ranking, EY was ranked the number one professional services employer in five countries: US, Canada, France, China and Australia.

Petter Nylander, Universum Group Global CEO, says:

“Congratulations to EY for being ranked number one as the most attractive professional services employer among the world’s business students in 2016. EY has been very successful in positioning themselves globally around its inspiring purpose and providing a clear path for advancement combined with professional training and development.”

Mark Weinberger, EY Global Chairman and CEO, says:

“We are honored to be recognized in Universum’s survey as the world’s most attractive professional services organization and third most attractive business employer overall. Being viewed as a top global employer by students reaffirms our commitment to attracting top talent, helping them to reach their potential both professionally and personally, and developing them into future leaders either at EY, or elsewhere serving government and society. This is a large part of our ambition to build a better working world.”

Nancy Altobello, EY Global Vice Chair – Talent, says:

“As a leading global employer, we make it a top priority to develop our people into leaders from the first day they join us. We do this by instilling our purpose of building a better working world into every aspect of the EY experience, from our approach to delivering exceptional client service to our culture and values based on teaming, inclusiveness and flexibility. Being named the world’s most attractive professional services organization by students around the globe is a great recognition of our hard work and commitment to harnessing the leadership potential of all our people.”

EY has more than 230,000 people in 152 countries around the world. In fiscal year 2016 EY hired 80,000 people comprising 63,000 full-time employees – of which 40,000 are campus hires and 23,000 experienced hires. EY also hired 17,000 interns. Overall, this is a 5% increase from fiscal year 2015.


Notes to Editors

About EY

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

EY refers to the global organization, and may refer to one or more, of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit ey.com.

This news release has been issued by EYGM Limited, a member of the global EY organization that also does not provide any services to clients.

About Universum

Universum is the global leader in employer branding. Advising the leading employers in the world to better understand, attract and recruit talent. Our solutions are actionable research, strategic advisory, data driven communication solutions – and being a pioneer in social media solutions in the world for talent branding, sourcing and analytics. The World’s Most Attractive Employer 2016 ranking is based on surveys of business and engineering/IT students in the world’s 12 largest economies by GDP, revealing which employers have the most effective employer brands. Based on responses of 267,084 Business and Engineering/IT students.