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Ernst & Young: UK public sector audit business welcomes 150 new joiners

By Rob Starr, Content Manager,

Ernst & Young has officially welcomed 150 former Audit Commission employees after winning public sector audits in the East and South of England.

Part of the success of the firm in winning the competitive tender was its reputation for offering all employees opportunities, promotion of diversity, values and career progression. The firm was named Employer of the Year 2012 in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index and has set an aspirational goal that at least 30% of all our new UK partners are women and at least 10% are BME by 2015.

The firm was appointed auditor to 153 new public sector clients in September following the process by the Audit Commission to outsource the work of its in-house practice to the private sector. Staff of the Audit Commission in these regions have been transferred under TUPE, and will join the new public sector audit team.

“I am really pleased to welcome our new specialist Government and Public Sector Audit professionals to Ernst & Young,” said Hywel Ball, Ernst & Young UK&I Assurance Managing Partner. “These additional specialist public sector audit skills open up a much larger public sector audit market for us. We understand the enormous importance of public sector audit work to society – the role of audit and accountability has never been more important and our overriding focus will be making sure that our clients, and tax payers, are delivered the highest standards.”

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