EY hails "highly diverse" new partner pool despite numbers falling for second year in a row

 
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Beancounting firm EY has appointed 669 new partners globally in the last year, a marked fall for the second year in a row.

The Big Four firm appointed 753 new partners in 2015 and 714 in 2016. The latest figures are slightly below 2014 levels, when the company announced 675 promotions.

EY said 30 per cent of the new partners were women.

Mark Weinberger, EY's global chairman, said he was "proud of our highly diverse and outstanding new partner class".

Read more: PwC adds 52 new partners to UK office

Last year, rival Deloitte announced 623 new partners globally.

Some 36 per cent of those admitted to the EY partnership came from emerging markets, up from 35 per cent in 2016 and 33 per cent in 2015.

Almost two in five (38 per cent) promotions were in EY's audit function, a quarter were in its tax team.

EY global vice-chair of talent Nancy Altobello said: "We are very proud to celebrate the incredible achievements of our 669 newly promoted partners around the world."

The third largest of the Big Four, EY employs 250,000 people across 150 countries across the world.

In May the accountancy firm said it wanted to use robots to fast-track millennials into partnership.

Read more: EY: Robots can lead to more 20-something partner promotions

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