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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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Happy New Year...but not a happy tax market

Friday, 16 January 2009

By Simon Godley

Returning into this New Year (2009), we are seeing what was completed expected - a pretty dead recruitment market. On speaking to a number of Heads of Tax across commerce & industry, there is next to zero appetite to recruit additional tax staff. This is largely because the vast majority of commercial organisations have a recruitment freeze, thereby making it impossible to approve any recruitment. In some cases, if the size of an in-house tax team reduced last year due to people moving on, it is proving difficult to justify replacing them.

That said, the employment market seems to be reacting to the economic conditions as one would expect. We are now in full blown recession, which will possibly take another 7-12 months to run its course to completion, however the employment market will take a while longer to recover as hiring fresh people into a business won't happen until chief execs and business heads feel confident again about the business growth plans. This could be another 12 months beyond the end of the recession.

One positive is that although the Big Four firms have made some staff cuts (including tax professionals), these staff reductions have been relatively small compared to the total sizes of their tax departments. Then again, there may be more staff reductions during 2009, let's see how the market progresses.

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