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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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