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EY to double UK&I consultancy practice over next four years

The growth plans will see EY consulting in the UK and Ireland increase its headcount from 5,100 to around 10,200 people by 2026

EY has revealed plans to double the size of its UK and Ireland consulting practice in the next four years, backed by £75m of investment.

This is in addition to the £95m that the firm has already invested in its consulting practice since 2020.

The growth plans will see EY consulting in the UK and Ireland increase its headcount from 5,100 to around 10,200 people by 2026. More than half of the new roles will be based outside of London, in cities including Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Birmingham.

EY said the expansion is “being fuelled by increasing demand from clients implementing large scale, strategic transformation programmes, enabled by technology, data, and people”.

Alison Kay, managing partner for client service, said: “In recent years, organisations in both the public and private sector have been grappling with a convergence of challenges, from the global pandemic, climate change, geo-political uncertainty, and operating in a post Brexit world.

“At EY, we are investing heavily to upskill and expand our workforce, to meet the demand from businesses embarking on transformation projects, to ensure they remain competitive, keep pace with change, and navigate ongoing market challenges.”

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