Friday 20 September 2019

EY Ireland reviews degree requirement

EY may relax its recruitment requirements
EY may relax its recruitment requirements

Sarah McCabe

Professional services firm EY is reviewing whether its entry-level job candidates should be required to have a degree.

There will be no change in this year's recruitment round in Ireland, but management is reviewing the idea.

EY is one of Ireland's biggest graduate recruiters.

It hires hundreds of young people every year into its tax, assurance, advisory and transaction units.

The news follows a decision by Ernst and Young in the UK to ditch the requirement for degrees at entry level from 2016 onwards.

In Britain, EY's managing partner for talent, Maggie Stilwell, said research revealed there was "no evidence to conclude that previous success in higher education correlated with future success in subsequent professional qualifications undertaken.

"Our own internal research of over 400 graduates found that screening students based on academic performance alone was too blunt an approach to recruitment.

"Academic qualifications will still be taken into account - and indeed remain an important consideration when assessing candidates as a whole - but will no longer act as a barrier to getting a foot in the door."

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