Big Four firm EY announced that it expects to hire over 15,000 new employees in the U.S. over its 2017 fiscal year, which started July 1.
Of the new staff, the firm expects 6,000 to be experienced and executive-level professionals, and 9,200 to be students.
In a statement, EY said that it planned the robust hiring “due to strong demand for its services in today’s shifting business and economic landscape.” It expects the biggest areas for hiring experienced recruits will be advisory and tax practices, with cyber-security, data analytics, digital, health care consulting and human capital consulting among the hotter areas.
The firm highlighted a number of recruiting and retention policies it has enacted, including 16 weeks of paid leave for both mothers and fathers, as well as same sex couples; career and family transition coaching for managers and above; and the EY Student Loan Program for helping U.S. professionals pay off undergraduate or graduate student loans.
It also noted its efforts at boosting diversity: In FY 2016, women made up 21 percent of executive hires and 47 percent of entry-level and intern campus hires, while minorities made up 37 percent of campus hires.
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