What is Assurance at EY?


We work to make sure that businesses are protected from risks that can affect their reputation and performance. As external auditors, we help companies and governments publish accurate financial accounts others can rely on.

For a September 2019 start, this programme is offered in: Belfast and Edinburgh. Apply now.

All other applications are now closed. Register your interest for our 2020 opportunities now.

What will you be doing?

  • Getting to know our clients, their businesses and how they work to provide the right service
  • Testing checks and balances to ensure they work how they’re supposed to
  • Analysing the data that goes into a financial statement to make sure it is true and fair
  • You’ll also spend time away from your home office travelling to our client sites for audit work
  • You'll sometimes need to work long hours during busy season

Are you eligible to apply?

If you have an honours degree (in any subject) by the time the programme starts, this is for you. You’ll need a minimum of Level 2/GCSE (or equivalent) in English & Maths; if you don’t have this, don’t worry, we’ll arrange the required learning to complete as part of your programme.



Level 7 Apprenticeship*

in Accountancy and Taxation (equivalent to a master’s degree) *Please note this applies to English office locations only.

Professional qualifications

in chartered accountancy with ICAS or ICAEW


Dependent on location, salaries start from £21,000 per year

What’s it like?

From working with a variety of clients and organising departmental events, to studying for a professional qualification and helping train new graduates, Liz is constantly learning on the Assurance graduate programme - and loving it.

How’s it structured?

First up, an induction will verse you in all things EY. Before you know it, you’ll be working on audits for clients (with lots of help, of course!). This includes being your client’s main contact and regularly working from their offices, getting a team together, spotting business opportunities and ensuring it’s all profitable. 

Along the way, you’ll study, shadow senior colleagues and go on secondments, supported by your own personal counsellor who’ll help guide your growth. This kind of exposure to the finance industry, together with working towards your qualifications, will open up many more opportunities within EY and beyond.   

Where could an assurance career take you?

Working in Assurance at EY, you’ll get to work across different sectors, gain opportunities to work abroad and open doors for your future career. 

Meet some of our graduates

From graduate to coach – Jack

By the sounds of Jack’s experience, you won’t feel like a new recruit for long as a graduate in Assurance. He’s already using his knowledge to coach and help others to grow.

Working in Assurance – Henry

Henry says his people skills have really come on since working with a great portfolio of clients from day one.

What about the extras?

Discounted gym memberships, interest-free loans, generous pension plans – there are lots of perks to being a grad at EY.

Where do you want to be?

We offer the Assurance graduate programme in several cities around the UK.

For a September 2019 start, this programme is offered in: Belfast and Edinburgh

Is EY right for you?

People from all backgrounds are welcome at EY, but are we a good match for each other? Find out with our EY & You quiz.

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