Leo hails consulting firm EY's recruitment drive to create jobs for graduates
Consultancy firm EY is to create 520 jobs in a major recruitment drive that will bring its headcount across the island of Ireland to more than 3,000.
EY is seeking to recruit 215 experienced hires and 305 graduates, with average salaries of €65,000.
The firm has already increased its head count by nearly 40pc in the last two years.
Speaking ahead of yesterday's announcement, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the recruitment drive, in particular the hiring of 305 college-leavers, will help to copper-fasten Ireland's reputation as a leading country for top talent and investment.
"I am delighted that EY is announcing the creation of more than 500 high-quality positions, providing opportunities in the areas such as accounting, science, engineering and technology," Mr Varadkar said.
"We want to retain home-grown talent and also attract highly skilled workers from abroad, so the opportunity that EY provides candidates to base themselves in Ireland while gaining international experience through their global network and client base is vitally important for Ireland Inc."
It is said that 145 of the new roles will be based in EY's two Dublin offices.
The others are spread across EY's other five offices in Belfast, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford.
EY Ireland, led by new managing partner Frank O'Keeffe, said the new roles have been supported by four consecutive years of double-digit growth at the assurance, tax and accounting consultancy, which is actively targeting candidates with non-traditional tax and accounting backgrounds.
Sixty per cent of its offers in the past 12 months have been to candidates with non-traditional tax or accounting backgrounds as the firm expands its data analytics, IT advisory, cyber and digital offerings.
The company said the new hires will work on major projects across Ireland's top PLCs, entrepreneurial businesses, multi-nationals and public sector clients.
"We are committed to job creation in Ireland and we're delighted to announce these 520 jobs across our seven offices," Mr 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.
"As a result, our client needs are evolving and more inno- vative solutions are required. We are bringing together the best talent and latest tech- nology to drive truly transformative innovation in all our services."