Eighty new jobs are to be created by Ernst & Young over the next 12 months at its offices across Ireland. As well as the 80 posts that will be filled by next year, the company said it is also offering more than 160 graduate positions for 2014, 40pc more than the firm offered in 2011.

The company hopes to fill half of the new positions before Christmas for its assurance (audit) practice. Among those it is interested in hiring are people who have emigrated in order to secure jobs.