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Fresh EY recruitment surge will mean 91 new jobs for Belfast

Of the 816 new Ireland jobs announced by EY, some 91 of the posts will be in Belfast
Gary McDonald Business Editor

PROFESSIONAL services firm EY plans to take on an additional 91 staff in Belfast in the next year, made up of 56 experienced hires and 35 graduates.

It comes as part of a wider announcement of 816 new jobs at the firm's seven offices across the island of Ireland.

The jobs - for which recruitment will begin immediately - are in variety of roles across its core areas of tax, audit, corporate finance and consulting.

But they will also come in new-growth areas including technology consulting, digital and emerging technology, data analytics, cyber security, sustainability, law, strategy and transformation

The people investment comes following a period of market-leading growth for EY, and when the new posts are in place, it will take the firm's total headcount in Ireland to 4,200.

Around three quarters of the new hires (606) will be Dublin-based, with the remainder spread between Cork, Galway, Limerick,Waterford and Belfast.

All the experienced hire roles will be advertised and filled by the end of EY's current financial year (June 30) while a further 402 roles will be filled by university graduates starting this autumn.

“The fundamental changes brought about by the pandemic, coupled with wider macroeconomic headwinds and shifting business models, have created increased demand for our services as we help our clients tackle their most complex business challenges,” said Frank O'Keeffe, managing partner, EY Ireland.

He added that EY's new hybrid working model will mean the jobs can be done by people based across the island.

“If we have learned anything in the past 18 months it's that the best talent can be located anywhere on the island and can still consistently deliver brilliant results,” he said.

“Our people will have the ability to flex between working from client site, an EY office or from home in a way that works for our clients, our people and for our business.”

He added: “Our people will have the ability to flex between working from client site, an EY office or from home in a way that works for our clients, our people and for our business.

“This really is such an exciting time for EY as we grow with our incredible clients and with our amazing people at the heart of all of our plans.”

Taoiseach Micheál Martin welcomed the news saying it is a significant milestone for EY and a strong endorsement of the all-island economy.

"It's always encouraging to see high value jobs being created for both experienced professionals and the next generation of university graduates alike, and it's a testament to the skills and talent available here in Ireland and a welcome endorsement of Ireland's attractiveness as a place to invest and grow," he said.

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