Consultancy firm Ernst & Young is to hire more than 300 people across Ireland in the next 12 months, the company announced today.
The new hires will bring the total number of new positions announced by the company in the last year to 600.
The new jobs are in response to increasing client demand for Ernst & Young’s existing and newly launched business consultancy and accountancy services.
Recruitment will take place across Ernst & Young’s offices in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Waterford and Belfast for various roles, ranging from graduates to qualified accountants and senior executives, into the firm’s Assurance, Tax, Advisory and Transaction Advisory Services practices. In addition, a direct entry Partner position has also been created to support growth in the firm’s Assurance practice.
Some 150 of the new roles will be graduate positions available for a 2012 start across Ernst & Young’s Irish offices. The company is encouraging applicants from graduates with a range of disciplines, from IT to engineering, legal, business, accounting and finance.
New business units and Ernst & Young
As part of today’s jobs announcement, Ernst & Young has also confirmed the launch of new dedicated business units covering healthcare, transport and the clean-tech sectors – with specialist recruitment taking place across all three new sector units, as well as further recruitment to enhance the firm’s Aviation sector team.
“Government does not create jobs, but we have a key role to play in creating the environment in which job-creating businesses can establish and expand,” said Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, TD. “Today’s announcement that Ernst & Young has decided to create an extra 300 jobs in the next 12 months is a further sign that we may be seeing a fragile recovery in business activity in Ireland.
“It is particularly encouraging that the firm sees potential in clean tech, a key sector that the Government has targeted for jobs growth; life sciences and healthcare is another area where the Government is exploring further employment opportunities. I am determined to keep working hard to build on these tentative signs of recovery and get growth and jobs back in the economy again.”
Mike McKerr, managing partner, Ireland, at Ernst & Young, said this latest recruitment drive will increase Ernst & Young’s workforce in Ireland by more than a third.
“We expect to substantially increase our revenues from key rapid-growth sectors within the next three to five years,” McKerr said. “To support this ambition, we are recruiting professionals at all levels, from graduates to partner, with the type of sector-specific experience which will allow us to provide clients with the insight and advice they need grow their own businesses.”