EY maintains ‘diversity crown’ with 52 partner appointments

THE PAST 12 MONTHS has seen EY appoint 52 new partners, 26 of whom were admitted in the last months, as the firm continues its drive to be the most diverse among the Big Four.

Against targets of 30% female and 10% black and other ethnic minorities partners in 2015, this year’s intake is 10% female, with 6% drawn from black and other ethnicities. The UK and Ireland partner population at EY now stands at 20% and 8% respectively.

Of the new appointments, 9% join on a flexible working basis.

EY managing partner for people Liz Bingham said: “A talented and diverse cohort of new partners has joined our business, each of whom are committed to delivering exceptional client service and to helping EY win in the market. They are also great role models for our people and ambassadors for our business.”

“I’m proud that we continue to lead the Big Four on gender diversity and I remain committed to having the most diverse partnership compared to our peers – it gives EY a significant competitive advantage and helps us better connect with our clients,” said chairman and UK managing partner Steve Varley.

“We’ve also welcomed 26 direct entry partners in the last year from our competitors and industry. There has never been a more exciting time to be part of EY; all of our partners have a crucial role to play in helping to build a better working world for our clients, people and the communities in which we work.”

Last week, the firm announced it has re-branded, dropping its previous name Ernst & Young in favour of EY, alongside Mark Weinberger’s installation as global chairman and group chief executive.

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