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February 23, 2011

UK accountants look for new opportunities

UK recruitment agency Robert Half said that 48% of accountants at an early stage of their career are looking to change employers as the economy improves and the recruitment market returns to pre-recession levels.

Robert Half associate director Richard Baker said they are mainly looking to move to internal audit roles or financial reporting.

Research that focuses on ACA qualified accountants reveals that nearly half of the surveyed accountants have not felt the recession influence their careers, even though some have been restricted by moving on to different roles.

 “We haven’t seen much of a downturn overall, but 2009 was a very though time and accountants were finding it very difficult to move if they wanted to move. Now the market is booming,” Baker said.

About 40% of accountants that are approximately nine years into their careers are also looking to find new opportunities with other employers, according to Robert Half.

Baker explains that this group is looking for roles where they can influence an organisation and where they can work with the senior management team.

“The companies, who are looking to hire people at that level though, typically want people who can do a leadership role and not so much an influencing role. It’s about getting that balance right,” Baker said.

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