Ernst & Young creates 80 Irish jobs
Eighty new jobs are to be created by Ernst & Young over the next 12 months at its offices across Ireland.
The professional services firm – one of the big four global accounting companies – said the jobs are being created as a direct result of "significant" client wins as well as increasing demand for its assurance, tax and transaction services.
As well as the 80 posts that will be filled by next year, the company said it is also offering more than 160 graduate positions for 2014, 40pc more than the firm offered in 2011.
Ernst & Young already employs 1,260 people in Ireland. The 80 new jobs will be in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Waterford and Belfast.
The company hopes to fill half of the new positions before Christmas for its assurance (audit) practice.
Among those it is interested in hiring are people who have emigrated in order to secure jobs.
"We aim to attract local talent, but are also reaching out to those who have emigrated to Australia, America, South Africa and beyond to come home and build a future with Ernst & Young," said Mike McKerr, the managing partner at the firm's Irish arm.
He added that a targeted recruitment campaign has already begun in a number of countries.
But he also conceded that despite signs that the economy here is on the road to recovery, he still expects a tough operating environment for the foreseeable future.
"However, having grown our numbers employed on the island by 18pc over the last two years, we remain determined to create jobs and invest in talent which is vital to the sustained success of our business and a direct contribution to Ireland's recovery," he said.
Revenue at Ernst & Young Ireland rose 12pc between 2011 and 2012, according to the firm.
Jobs Minister Richard Bruton welcomed the new jobs, saying he was"determined to ensure" there will be more investments like this in the coming months and years.