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Demand for contractor accountants outstrips rest of market

The latest Job Index from Reed showed an increase in opportunities for newly qualified accountants last month.

Although there was little movement in the rest of the jobs market, there was a 5% increase in new accountancy jobs in August. According to Reed, the past year has seen an increase of 22% in demand for qualified accountants, and an increase of 34% since the Index came into being in December 2009.

Despite the increase in opportunities, salaries for new qualified accountants remained unchanged in August. Compared to the recruitment market as a whole, this is still an improvement as the Salary Index sank to 97, 3% below the benchmark set when the Index started.

The non-qualified Accountancy Index is also outstripping national figures at 28% higher than it was this time last year.

Martin Warnes, Reed.co.uk’s MD, said it was really striking to note the increase in demand for qualified accountants last month when all other areas of the economy remained flat.

The service sector in particular is suffering at the moment. The latest Markit/CIPS services purchasing managers index fell from 54.4 to 51.1 in August. This was the largest drop in ten years as economic uncertainty in the Eurozone continues to harm the FTSE and consumer confidence is eroded by rising inflation and constrained incomes.

Nick Jones from World First currency brokers said that a fall had been expected but the extent of the decline was a real shocker. The services industry is still slightly growing, he continued, but any more shocks to consumer confidence could see the sector contract and threaten the third quarter’s GDP.

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2011 looks encouraging for most industry sectors

Contractor accountants with clients operating in or relying on a number of UK sectors will be pleased to hear of some positive growth.

For example, new research from the EEF shows that the UK’s manufacturing sector reported strong output and good order balances in quarter three.

Manufacturers have already started hiring new staff and making new investments which will undoubtedly come as welcome news for contractors. Ms Lee Hopley, the chief economist at EEF, said that the manufacturing industry was ending 2010 on a high and this will provide the sector with a strong footing to begin the New Year. EEF also predicts that manufacturing and engineering will outperform other contributors to the UK economy in 2011.

It’s not only the UK that has witnessed this welcome boost in manufacturing either. Markit Economics recently reported that last month, the manufacturing sector across Europe increased at its fastest rate for 4 months.

But manufacturing isn’t the only sector planning to expand next year. Research by PwC shows that 28% of firms in the UK intend to increase recruitment in 2011. In addition to manufacturing, the technology and services industries should see vigorous recruitment, the study showed.

The recent Growth Review from the government also contained encouraging news for a lot of UK contractors.

David Frost, from the British Chamber of Commerce, said that enterprises will be reassured now that the focus is to return to balanced, sustainable growth. The review talks about creating a framework for growth and also acknowledges the vital contribution made by SMEs. However, it remains to be seen whether the coalition can bring down the barriers that have been preventing firms from thriving.

One piece of not so positive news regarding the service sector has come from the CBI. Although professional and business services have remained steady over the past few months, consumer services have tumbled. The CBI cited reduced consumer discretionary spending as a contributory factor along with rising costs and falling prices.

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