A fifth of employees at big four accountancy and consultancy firm EY will be working in tech related roles within two years, the company has predicted.

In order to achieve the milestone, the business has set a target that a quarter of its graduates will come from STEM backgrounds by the same date.

The firm has also invested over $530m across the world in giving the relevant future focused skills to its workforce.

The company announced the targets as it opened its new wavespace client innovation centre in Dublin.

The new facility will bring together EY's technology and business experts with clients with the aim of transforming companies.

EY also announced plans to launch STEM Tribe – a mobile platform that hopes to encourage girls aged 8 – 13 to pursue STEM careers.

It does this by engaging girls on mobile devices with entertaining and gamified STEM experiences.

"We’re in a transformative age that requires new thinking, new investment and a different approach," said Frank O’Keeffe, Managing Partner, EY Ireland.

"Opening EY wavespace and launching our new Technology Strategy to the market is an important milestone in the evolution of our business."

" The number of people with STEM backgrounds we employ has grown rapidly over the last number of years, and we’re focused on ensuring we have the right diversity of talent and processes in place to give all of our employees an equally-positive experience while working here at EY."