Ernst & Young plans to hire more than 300
client facing staff at its Irish offices in a bid to increase the
workforce by more than a third.

The firm will recruit across its advisory,
assurance, tax and transaction advisory services practices, as well
as its fraud investigations and dispute services team, over the
next 18 months.

Managing partner at Ernst & Young Ireland,
Mike McKerr, said the company is confident of attracting talent.
“Although it has been a difficult few years for our profession, we
are seeing new opportunities arise as businesses seek advice on
cost reduction, growth and recovery from the financial crisis,” he

Of the roles, 150 will be graduate recruitment
positions, with an additional 100 advisory practice positions
expected to be filled over the next three years. The first 50 will
be recruited in the next 18 months.

The recruitment drive will take place across
Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Limerick and Waterford.