'Big Four' try to coax expats home
KPMG, PwC, EY and Deloitte use various methods to promote job opportunities
Feargal O’Rourke, PwC Ireland managing partner: “We’re trying to capitalise on the significant number of Irish people looking to come home.” Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times
Brendan Jennings, managing partner of Deloitte: “There are many talented people home for Christmas, who have gained relevant international experience.” Photograph: Sara Freund / The Irish Times
The “big four” accountancy firms have stepped up their recruitment efforts, in a bid to lure Irish people returning home for Christmas to commit to work in Ireland.
KPMG, PwC, EY and Deloitte took to the airport and social media over Christmas to promote job opportunities to expats returning home.
The KPMG careers unit set up a stand at Dublin Airport to target those coming from the UK, North America, Australia and elsewhere.
“Throughout 2015, Ireland was in the news for all the right reasons and for many Irish people living abroad, this year was about starting to think about coming home,” KPMG Ireland head of recruitment Paul Vance said.
He said the company expects to hire 250 experienced professionals across audit, tax, advisory and consulting, and 300 graduates next year.
PwC advertised on doors in both terminals of Dublin Airport, promoting opportunities. “We’re trying to capitalise on the significant number of Irish people looking to come home,” PwC Ireland managing partner Feargal O’Rourke said.
“With our growth potential, now is an exciting time for people based internationally to consider a career at home,” he said.
Deloitte is also targeting people at home for Christmas, as it seeks to hire at both graduate and experienced levels right across its business. It has jobs in audit, risk advisory, international tax, strategy and operations, technology, and human capital, among others.
“There are many talented people home for Christmas, who have gained relevant international experience,” Deloitte managing partner Brendan Jennings said.
EY held an event in its Dublin offices where people who had travelled home could speak to partners and directors about opportunities, with 42 expats attending from Chicago, Toronto, Luxembourg, London and Melbourne.
“We are delighted to see the growing interest among Irish expats about returning to home to work. Bringing top talent back to the Irish workforce is key to continued economic recovery, attracting FDI and sustaining growth,” EY managing partner Mike McKerr said.
Elsewhere, Accenture ran a “Welcome Home, Stay Home” campaign, targeting graduates and professionals. The campaign is online, on social media and radio. It is recruiting across its 1,800 strong business in Ireland.
Recruitment firm Collins McNicholas is hosting the HometoWork West careers event in Galway on December 30th with an open recruitment fair and details of opportunities.