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Contractor accountants could be in demand this year

Accountancy recruitment is continuing to increase according to the latest Ashdown Group Jobs Index.

The profession registered a 13.52% rise in recruitment during December and January and a 5.95% increase last month.

The BCC and the CBI have predicted Q1 economic growth and as business confidence returns to the marketplace companies will be looking to increase their headcounts. Financial professionals will be in demand as their numerical ability is vital for businesses looking to implement sustainable growth strategies.

Ashdown’s director, John Lynes, said it is not clear whether churn or departmental expansion is responsible for the increase in vacancy numbers. He pointed out that the considerable growth in online recruitment has made it easier for financial professionals to apply for new positions. Whatever the reason, more accountancy positions are now available.

He continued by saying that unless large numbers of accountants are quitting the profession, the trend points to new hirers. This bodes well for contractor accountants this year, both in terms of prospects and the ability to command higher rates.

Meanwhile, entrepreneurs are concerned that limited company contractors may be receiving poor business development and marketing advice from their accountants.

On the whole, accountants do not understand marketing and business development. Robert Craven, a marketing consultant, said a lot of accountants appeared to be interested solely in surviving and are making no attempt to win new business.

It has been suggested that this lack of interest in marketing could lead accountants to give aggressive cost-cutting advice to business owners.

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