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Summer's gone, but the sun is still shining!

Thursday, 04 September 2014

It’s September already and we’re all wondering where the summer has gone - noting that the last bank holiday is behind us until Christmas.  However, as we all return from our fun filled holidays with tans fading, we’re happy to say that it’s been a busy summer in the Harvey Sutton office, which is continuing into the autumn months!

As the summer comes to an end, the insolvency market for lawyers has started to pick up. We have a number of roles at the junior end in London and the regions, as well as some Partner opportunities available at a selection of impressive firms. We are keen to hear from lawyers at all levels to see how we can help.

It’s been a busy summer in Expat Tax, with the Top 6 accountancy firms all seeking talented individuals and showing an increase in the demand for dual handlers.  Given the new regulations, it seems the client market is changing and people are as busy as ever. The senior hire phase has taken place pre-summer and they are out winning new work, therefore opening the gap for Assistant Managers and Managers. 

The VAT market is showing good growth in London and also the Reading/Gatwick markets… which is great for those who are after City quality work but are geographically located just outside of the capital. The golden candidates are the newly qualified with a good 3 to 4 years of experience under their belt.

The restructuring and insolvency market can still be described as "lumpy." This does not however mean that it is quiet. There are a number of pockets of activity that have kept us busy over the summer months. These pockets have tended to be within the boutique firms with an emphasis on large complex international insolvency matters or with the mid-tier accounting firms, who are working on mid-market businesses that are going through financial difficulty. The Big4 accounting firms are carrying out more restructuring focused work for businesses outside of the UK.  We believe this will soon open up a number of roles to support these staff intensive overseas projects.  Currently we are looking to find qualified accountants with experience in both formal and advisory work from Manager grade, up to and including experienced appointment taking Directors.

Recently PwC have merged their Employer Solutions team with Reward, increasing not only their scope for client requirements, but also the skillsets of those in their team.  Along with EY and their 20/20 vision (double the tax practice size by 2020) there have been some dramatic movements in the human capital sector, with a lot of senior individuals making moves outside of the Big4 into the Top 6 and HR Consultancies, with a few more still to be announced.  There is still a mandate for those at Assistant Manager/Manager level in numerous global firms.  The question remains whether the movement of the sector leaders will affect the market in months to come…watch this space!

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