Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Striking the Right Balance at E& Y

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Striking the Right Balance at E& Y

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This year's Consultancy Careers Fair is at The Barbican during the evening of Thursday 9 October and throughout the day of Friday 10 October. Fifty consulting organisations will field more than 500 recruiters, and jobseeker bookings are rolling in. The line-up includes three of the "Big Four" firms, some of the fastest growing indian consultancies, major brands such as accenture, iBM, Navigant Consulting and eDs, alongside other niche firms. Candidates attending the fair, which attracted 2,500 candidates last year, will be able to meet recruiters in person and gain insights into working with consultancies. Candidates can register early at

ConsultanCy firms often struggle to offer their consultants a genuine "work-life" balance, although many promise it. It's something steve Varley has tried not only to deliver on but to model himself since he joined Ernst & young in 2005 to set up its new Business advisory practice. although he admits it "all goes out of the window" when a client needs intervention, he has a proud record of getting home on time to put the kids to bed or do the school run. so he was surprised when his team accused him of "creeping out of the office".

"I said I supposed I felt sheepish leaving the office when they were still working," he says.

"But they said they liked it that I leave." since its inception, the consultancy group has regularly come top of the firm's in-house staff satisfaction surveys. Varley believes this hasn't only led to better outcomes for his staff but for clients as well.

"Just because people are working longer hours, does that mean they are more productive?" he says. "I don't think so." the Business advisory unit has grown to 500 consultants, recently exceeding its target of 50 per cent people growth in the past financial year. Even in the current climate, Varley is confident the firm can achieve a similar increase in numbers in the current year. the firm has made a made a major move towards "growing its own", consultants, bucking the trend for consultancy firms on a rapid growth path to target only senior consultants.

Now the firm is recruiting both recent graduates and those with a couple of years post-graduation work experience. …

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