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Blooming Regions

Monday, 02 March 2015

We started our new year with a search project from a top City law firm with a growth plan seeking a Senior Pensions Associate with partnership potential, and have been able to provide them with a number of exceptional candidates. This is indicative of the market at the moment, with a large number of firms seeking work winners who can add value to the team. As a result of this we are keen to hear from both candidates and clients within the Pensions field.

We are carrying out a number of retained searches within Employment Law in the North for Partners, and have seen a significant interest in good quality candidates on a national basis. There has been unsettlement at some of the larger firms causing some high level movement, which is allowing growth and development for a number of smaller, regional firms within this niche market.

Our work in the expatriate tax market is demonstrative of the busy market at all levels, and we are finding that a wide variety firms are seeking high quality candidates to cope with the influx of work coming in.  With particular focus in Reading and the South West corridor. With a busy upcoming schedule of meetings with Partners and recruitment teams, our list of active vacancies is looking highly likely to expand across the big four, the mid-tier and specialist expatriate tax boutiques.


The Indirect Tax market has demonstrated its requirement for high quality candidates as many of our clients are offering star candidates only, and being very strict in their benchmarks. For us, this can be seen as a good sign for the future: with high quality candidates progressing through the stages, the emphasis on further growth supported by market facing/commercial individuals will inevitably bring more requirements for people. This, interestingly, is true at all grades from entry level to VAT Partner. A reduction on offers made at this stage will hopefully bring further vacancies in the future, but for candidates, it means going that extra mile to perform at interviews, which is why we are working closely with our successful candidates to prepare and train up interview skills.

The demand at the junior end is therefore high, with VAT candidates who can hit the ground running with 2/3 years of experience being ideal. Furthermore, the customs space is active at the Manager/Senior Manager level and this is true of regional and London offices.


The Reward and Incentives space is continuing to push for Executive Compensation individuals, with many of our clients growing in the financial services sector. We have also been kept busy outside of London, with multiple roles in Manchester, Leeds, Bristol and the Reading market. Assistant Manager and Manager candidates are highly sought out in the Executive Remuneration space, whereas Senior Manager and Director candidates with client facing skills are being sought to grow Tax Efficient Remuneration and Share Schemes practices. Equity Reward has picked up massively over the last 18 months within professional services firms and we predict a very active year ahead.

Corporate Restructuring in the Regions has been lively since the turn of the year, with a healthy number of active roles in Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds at both the Junior and Senior ends of the spectrum. With advisory work becoming more prominent, we are seeing a pressing need for recently qualified accountants with exposure to such projects. At the senior end there is always a need for proven work winners, a pattern that has been seen for the last 2-3 years.  However, now technical skillsets are more varied with experience of debt advisory, working capital, accelerated M&A, options analysis and refinancing being more sought after.

Recently we have been successful in obtaining and fulfilling search projects within the regions, with placements in Birmingham and the East Midlands; and ongoing projects in Leeds and Manchester.  


For information regarding any of our specialist markets please contact us for a confidential conversation. 

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