Kerala to be biggest single location for Ernst & Young GSS

Tim Eddy, Global Vice Chair, EY GS

Tim Eddy, Global Vice Chair, EY Global Services

Trivandrum: Kerala will be the biggest single location for Ernst & Young Global Shared Service (GSS) and this will be a testimony to Kerala’s growth in the new economy. This was disclosed by Tim Eddy, Global Vice Chair, EY Global Service today while interacting with Kerala IT News at the new opened EY GSS & Innovation Centre at the Kinfra Film & Video Park SEZ in Thiruvananthapuram.

Tim said that EY is expanding their centre in Kochi also with additional space and plans to be 8,000 employees across all centres in India in the next few years. “Kerala is very important for EY, we like the place, the people and the availability of talent. The new centre will focus on new niche areas like virtual assistant services, content, design, knowledge management, etc. Another area which would see substantial growth in the coming years is ‘Business & Creative services’ which was started two years back serving Middle East only with some 25 resources but now about 2,000 are serving US & Europe”, he added. IT services make up for about 50% of the work done in Kerala with KPO & BPO services at 25% each.

Earlier, Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy formally inaugurated EY GSS’ third centre in Kerala in the presence of Shri P K Kunhalikutty, Minister for IT & Industries; Shri Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, Home Minister; Tim Eddy; Mo Osborne, Global CIO, EY Global Services and Binu Koshy, Leader, EY GSS Kerala.

In his address, the Chief Minister said, “I hope the EY GSS and Innovation Centre will try innovation in various fields that will benefit the State. EY’s growth and expansion in Kerala will be boon to the students and professionals here as I understand EY which currently has a strength of 2,000 employees plans to be about 5,000 by 2016.”

The IT Minister said that EY is now present in all Government owned IT parks in Kerala – Technopark, Trivandrum; Infopark, Kochi and Kinfra Park. “EY is using the potential of the state. Kerala is on the path of growth and EY’s growth in Kerala reflects this”, he added.

Binu said, “This is a big opportunity for professionals from Kerala to come back to Kerala. In the last 11 years in Kerala, EY GSS has seen phenomenal growth and about 60% of the existing staff have come back to Kerala from other Indian cities or Middle East.

The new centre is spread over 72,000 sq.ft. and will seat about 1,000 professionals when fully occupied and has the latest infrastructure in terms of connectivity and technology.

Anil Philip
Kerala IT News