Consultancy firm EY is to create 520 new jobs in a major recruitment drive that will bring its total head-count across the island of Ireland to more than 3,000.
EY is seeking to recruit 215 experienced hires and 305 graduates, with salaries for experienced hires averaging north of €65,000 a year.
The firm, which currently employs 2,500, has already increased its head-count by almost 40pc in the last two years.
Some 145 of the new roles will be based in EY’s two Dublin offices.
The remaining jobs will be spread across EY’s other five offices in Ireland, in Belfast, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford.
Speaking ahead of today’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,” said Mr Varadkar.
“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,” he added.
EY Ireland, led by recently appointed managing partner Frank O’Keeffe, says 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.
Some 60pc of EY’s offers in the last 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.
EY says the new hires will work on major projects across Ireland’s top PLCs, entrepreneurial businesses, multinationals and public sector clients.
Mr O’Keeffe, who took up the role of managing partner earlier this month, said that while geopolitical uncertainty – including Brexit, US tax reforms and the burgeoning US-China trade war – and technological disruption will undoubtedly present challenges for businesses and the Irish economy, Ireland is facing these challenges from a position of great strength and flexibility.
“As a result, our client needs are evolving and more innovative solutions are required,” said Mr O’Keeffe, who said Irish business must now scenario plan for Brexit, including a no- deal or hard Brexit.
“We are bringing together the best talent and latest technology to drive truly transformative innovation in all our services,” he added.