We invest in Human Capital

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We create jobs and develop our people

Ninety-five percent of the people in the Kazakhstan practice are local nationals. We have always invested and will continue to invest in the development of our people. Each EY service line — Assurance, Advisory, Tax and Transactions — supports milestone learning programs and over 10 international qualification programs, including ACCA, CPA, CFA, PMP and others.

We have over 240 employees currently enrolled in the ACCA international professional qualification program. In 2016 financial year 682 employees received over 23 thousand hours of training and professional development.

EY hires young specialists and provides them with a rigorous professional development program throughout their careers. We give students work experience by hiring 90 interns annually and providing them with on-the-job training and opportunities for professional development.

Career mobility is an important part of our commitment to employee development in Kazakhstan. We encourage and support cross-border placements through our mobility programs. Over the past five years, over 35 Kazakhstani nationals have been placed in international locations.

New Horizons and Return Transfer are the most popular mobility programs, offering international assignments for 3 months and from 1 to 3 years, respectively.

The geography of Kazakhstani citizens’ assignments has covered Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, UAE, the UK, and the USA.

We recognize that the country needs a sufficient number of accounting and finance specialists to speak the same international language — the language of IFRS. Each year, we hire more people than needed because we know that part of our employees will pursue a career in industry, thus providing the economy with qualified professionals in accounting and finance.

We value the relationships with our alumni. The EY Kazakhstan Alumni Club unites our past and present employees in order to multiply their opportunities, resources and business contacts.

We work with universities

EY sponsors an accounting and finance professor at the Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Business. We are proud to contribute to the learning and development of these graduate students, who work in various industries in both the public and private sectors.

EY - Our commitment to Kazakhstan“My view is that human beings are the most valuable resource on earth. I am proud to have been involved in education — the enhancement of human capability — for over 30 years. I am now on the faculty of the Graduate School of Business at Nazarbayev University in Astana. I am enjoying sharing my passion for accounting, finance and economics with those students who will be the foundation of the next generation of business leaders in Kazakhstan. The support of EY has made it possible for me to be here in Astana … not as a visitor but as a resident, someone who is experiencing the development of Kazakhstan every day.” EY - Our commitment to Kazakhstan“Our assurance partners and managers teach a course on IFRS at the Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research (KIMEP). The program was launched in 2008. Since then, it has been held 17 semesters in a row, providing IFRS knowledge to over 400 KIMEP students. EY senior assurance team members contribute over 100 pro bono hours to this program annually.”

Kay Stice
EY Professor of Accounting and Finance at the Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Business

Paul Cohn
EY Assurance Services Leader for Kazakhstan and Central Asia


EY Business School

The EY Business School is an annual pro bono two-week course for students. This training program provides knowledge and insights that are vital for success in business. Participating students explore life at EY and engage with our leaders on a variety of topics, such as effective collaboration, performance improvement, transactions, taxation, IFRS, and risk management. The program was launched in 2013 and since then it has welcomed more than 140 students.


EY has also sponsored the Changellenge program in Kazakhstan for the past four years. Changellenge is a case competition for students all over Kazakhstan that gives them the opportunity to learn more about business and connect with prospective employers. EY people work as mentors to student teams and participate in the judging process. We dedicate over 50 hours each year to supporting these talented students.