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This weblog is a news and views site for tax professionals within the UK and international in-house tax community.  You will find information about appointments and people moves in and around the in-house tax market, issues affecting the in-house tax professional, opinions on the state of the tax job market, updates on tax technology, and other general thoughts of the day.

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This site has been developed by Simon Godley, who also runs the niche tax recruitment company Talentpool Selection . Simon spends a lot of his time placing tax specialists into FTSE companies, large in-bound groups and some professional services organisations. He also recruits and is well networked around the UK tax technology and VAT markets.

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Accountancy firms put recruitment on hold.....but tax is safe??

Tuesday, 8 July 2008


Research reveals about 57% of UK’s top accountancy firms are putting recruitment on hold.

About 57% of UK’s top accountancy firms are going to reduce staff numbers or keep them the same next year, according to the latest research by online recruitment group cvmail, part of media giant Thomson Reuters.

Although only 5% of firms said they actually planned to cut staff, the survey signalled the first significant pause in the dramatic growth of accountancy firms since the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

‘The effect of the credit crunch on top accountancy firms has been felt in a slowdown in corporate finance work and may feed through into consultancy work,’ Andy Eddleston, cvmail commercial manager, said.

‘However, their core audit and assurance and tax work should be largely unaffected. It is hoped that the vacuum created by the slowdown in areas like IPOs will be filled with rescue and recovery work.’

SG comment: Reading the results of this article are no surprise, but I don't agree that tax departments will be largely unaffected. Some of the biggest fees that are made by top accounting firms are from lucrative tax consultancy projects on M&A deals or tax structuring advice. In a downturn economy, this fee income will drop dramatically, and the result will be to cut staff in these departments. Tax compliance departments may be less affected.

For more analysis on this, read my article on Recession, Redundancy and Re-hiring

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