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Talent – Creating highest performing teams

EY Experience: a lifelong relationship
Our promise to our people is simple: whenever you join and however long you stay, the exceptional EY experience lasts a lifetime. We strive to provide them with the best training to develop their skills, a diverse workplace, flexibility and choice, and a framework to guide their career development and create an environment where talent from every background can flourish. We give talent the opportunity to work on complex issues, enjoy a wide range of training and gain rich experience, both inside and outside the Netherlands. The insights and expertise they accumulate will benefit them throughout their careers. If and when people decide to leave, they will be welcomed as lifelong members of the EY alumni network.
A better working world nurtures a highly qualified, diverse and flexible workforce. That is why our second strategic pillar, creating the highest-performing teams – attracting, cherishing and inspiring a diversity of people with different backgrounds and promoting a culture that supports them in working together – is central to EY’s Vision 2020.

We gave high priority to three aspects of the strategy during the year:
  • Teaming
  • Talent recruitment and development
  • Diversity and inclusiveness
A flexible and vital work experience complements our strategy.

We invested a great deal in talent recruitment during the year. Assurance welcomed 589 new people due to the sharp increase in work brought about by mandatory audit rotation and investments in its Financial Accounting Advisory Services (FAAS) business. Our Tax, Advisory and TAS operating service lines also attracted more newcomers than in the previous year, 291, 144 and 38 respectively. In CBS, our corporate business support service line, we welcomed 56 new hires.

In total we welcomed 1,118 new colleagues, thus strengthening the EY experience. We made sure that newcomers quickly felt at home and rolled out the Personal Career Design program across the organization. It comprises a variety of courses and career paths tailored to individual needs and wishes, not only for new staff but also for people who have been with us for some time. And with our Workplace of the Future and Vitality programs we empower our people to achieve a satisfying work-life balance and keep in good shape.

The number of people who left the firm was 792, resulting in a turnover of 20%. This is in line with the previous year and typical for our business. At the end of FY 2015/2016 we employed 4,284 people including 246 partners, in comparison with 3,958 people, including 233 partners, in 2014/2015.

More detailed information about our headcount and FTE developments by category, service line, age and gender can be found in appendices 5, 6 and 7 of the GRI G4 Content index.