ERNST & Young has taken on 52 partners in the UK and Ireland this year, including 26 hires from other companies – but fewer than one in ten of the new partners were women, and just six per cent were from ethnic minorities.
The Big Four accountant is aiming to have 30 per cent women and 10 per cent black and minority ethnic (BME) new partners by 2015.
“We chose to depart from being safe and went public with these targets last year, to take leadership on an issue that we are very passionate about and in which we’re making a huge investment,” said managing partner Steve Varley in a statement yesterday.
Nine per cent of partners have a flexible working arrangement, EY added.
PwC promoted seven women in its 44-strong partner round last month, while Deloitte included nine women in its 48 new partners. KPMG typically announces its promotions later in the summer.