Following market leading growth and continued expansion on the western seaboard, professional services firm EY today announces the opening of a new office in Galway city, and the creation of 25 jobs in the region. The firm, which provides assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, will also announce the opening of its second office in Dublin, and the creation of 270 new jobs across its Irish operations. EY has outperformed the competition over the last three years, with organic growth of more than 16% per annum, and robust growth expected for Financial Year (‘FY’) end 2016.
EY’s new Galway office is now fully operational and will offer the firm’s full suite of services to its already significant client base on the western seaboard which includes multinational and indigenous Irish companies as well as entrepreneurs and family run businesses. EY has also supported over 20 companies from across Connacht over the past 19 years through the EY Entrepreneur of the Year programme.
The firm is seeking applications from experienced tax and audit professionals initially, as well as graduates in the region. EY will also recruit 20 graduates from NUI Galway who will be placed in its offices around Ireland. The firm employs over 1,800 people across seven offices in Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Limerick, Waterford and now Galway. In addition to EY’s plans to further grow its presence in Galway, the firm also announced the opening of its second office in Dublin today, and plans to expand in Limerick, where it currently employs over 50 people, having just signed the lease on a new, larger office space in the city which can accommodate up to 100 people.
Speaking ahead of the job announcement the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor said, “EY’s announcement today is wonderful news. It is a true mark of confidence in the Irish economy, when an international business can be competitive and grow to the degree EY have in this country. The fact that these jobs will be spread across EY’s offices in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Waterford and Galway is very welcome news as one of my priorities as Minister is to ensure employment growth across the regions. Only a strong economy supporting people at work can pay for services needed to create a fair society. This will ensure a more inclusive prosperity for all.”
Mike McKerr, Country Managing Partner, EY Ireland said: “EY has had a presence in the west of Ireland for almost 70 years, so we are delighted to further cement our commitment to creating employment in the region by announcing the opening of our new Galway office. Galway is a hub for business and innovation, with the county ranked as one of the top four incubator locations for medical devices worldwide, and the home to some of the world’s leading ICT and Life Science companies. As a leading advisor to Ireland’s top companies, we look forward to attracting the best talent to our new office so that we can provide our clients with the insight and advice they need to continue on this growth trajectory in the region.”
The Eyre Square office will be headed up by Galway native Paraic Waters, Director, Business Tax Advisory and Jamie Williams, Executive Director, Assurance. New hires at EY will have the opportunity to work across Ireland’s top entrepreneurial businesses, multinationals and private sector clients in the areas of Data Analytics; Digital Strategy; IT Transformation; People and Organisational Change; FIDS and Cyber Security.
Investment in people
EY has a leading people culture and a transformational approach to developing talent, having either promoted or progressed 36% of its people this year alone. The firm is also committed to promoting gender equality and diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace, having been named Employer of the Year at the GLEN Workplace Equality Index Awards and the GALAS.
“Our clients want the best talent working for them, and we know that the best people not only want varied and challenging careers but they also want to work in an environment that has a positive business culture. Our focus as a firm has therefore been on promoting diversity and inclusiveness and ensuring that we strive for gender balance, and recruit people from a range of backgrounds and industries. We believe this is essential to our continued success as a leading employer and a competitive business within the market,” added Mike McKerr.