Financial Services firm EY has announced 520 new jobs at its Galway office and around Ireland.
The financial services consultancy firm has a high demand for young professionals with a background in STEM and other relevant fields, as well as more traditional tax and accounting qualifications.
Experienced hires can expect an average salary upwards of €65,000 a year, depending on their level of experience.
10 of the new positions will be at EY’s Galway office in Eyre square, while the rest will be spread across their branches in Dublin, Limerick, Cork, Waterford, and Belfast
New Managing Partner at EY Frank O’Keeffe said: “While geopolitical, uncertainty and technological disruption will undoubtedly present challenges for businesses and the Irish economies, Ireland is facing these challenges from a position of great strength and flexibility.”
While tax and accountancy services will remain the heart of their business, EY is increasingly hiring graduates from STEM backgrounds to work with top entrepreneurs, multinationals, and public sector clients who need more non-traditional services.
“In the last year, approximately 60% of offers we’ve made in Ireland have been to people with non-traditional tax or accounting backgrounds.” said Mr. O’Keeffe.
The 520 jobs are the latest major addition to EY’s existing staff of 2,500 in Ireland. The financial services company has experienced continuous growth for the past four years, and has expanded its staff here by 36% in the last two years.
Speaking ahead of the announcement, An Taoiseach Leo Varadker praised EY for the offering so many positions to new graduates.
“I am pleased to see EY continuing its commitment to graduate employment by providing career opportunities through the recruitment of these 305 college-leavers, helping to copper-fasten our reputation as a leading country for top talent and investment.”
The Taoiseach stressed the importance to the Irish economy of providing opportunities for our brightest young minds at home as well as attracting talent from overseas.
The latest round of hires is 57 more roles than were added at the firm last year, and they consider it crucial to keep adding people with a diverse range of skills to work with different sectors.
“It’s crucial we recruit the best people from graduates through to partners with the type of sector-specific experience that will allow us to provide clients with the insight and advice they need to grow their businesses and customer base.” said Frank O’Keeffe.
“We know that today’s employees expect more from their workplaces, and we are firmly committed to ensuring what we offer will give them huge opportunity to progress and build a successful and fulfilling career at EY.”