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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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Saturday, 26 February 2011

Have been trying to increase profile and content on web social networks this week. Not really sure of most effective methods, but here are links to 'follow' my business Talentpool Selection on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter etc. Not got a YouTube link yet.

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Tax Software - job opportunity for corporate tax junior

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Below is a current role that I am working on - searching for a CT person, up to Assistant Manager level in Big 4 / Top 10, someone with strong tax technical / analysis of legislation, quite techy / mathsy, wanting combine these attributes:

Do you enjoy the tax technical side of tax, but want to do more? Do you feel that you want to use your brain more on complex problems? Leading provider of tax technology / IT products has devised a new role for a technically-minded tax professional to join their software development team. This is a rare hybrid role, looking for someone able to bring together enthusiasm for IT with tax technical experience. This role will work on key projects, including enhancements to current tax software and assisting with development of new product pipeline. Working with some great minds in IT development, the main activity within the role is to analyse & de-construct complex UK & overseas tax legislation and to model into a spreadsheet format, working closely with IT experts. To work well in this role and environment, you will have a strong academic background, possibly with a good grade in 'A' level Maths and/or a science degree. You will have commenced your tax career, either on ACA / ACCA or CTA route with a large accounting or law firm, with technical experience in corporate tax, and be able to quickly analyse and understand tax legislation. In addition, you will have a genuine interest and good skills on IT - e.g. Excel, using tax software products, MS Access etc. This is an excellent opportunity for an IT-enthused tax trainee to channel their skills and work for a leading player.

Interested candidates can contact me at sg@talentpoolselection.com

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Inhouse tax market - market update Q1 2011

Monday, 7 February 2011


By Simon Godley

The second half of 2010 felt like the economic recovery was well under way, after the technical recession concluded in early 2010. Coming into 2011, there is the hope that the recovery momentum will continue throughout the year, leading to a busier jobs market. Typically the employment market will lag the behaviour of the broader economy by 12-18 months when coming out of a recession, so history may show us that by mid-2011 we could be over the worst. That said, the UK recovery will undoubtedly be somewhat slower this time than in previous recessions, leading to a slower improvement in the private sector job market.

So what does this look like in our tax market? ‘What’s the market like?’ can often prompt a different answer, depending on whether you are asking a tax job seeker or a hiring head of tax. At the time of writing, the candidate is seeing a small number of opportunities relevant to their background, but is by no means inundated, and it could easily take a 3 – 6 month period to find and secure the best opportunity for their career. On the hiring manager side, there seems to be some good candidates out there, but nothing like the levels of available candidates that was seen during 2009. Also in a number of cases now, when an offer is made to a candidate, it is much more likely that a counter-offer will be made by their current employer. These effects seems very consistent with a recovering job market, from the recruiter perspective.

In terms of what we are seeing in the commercial tax market (i.e. in-house tax departments), tax teams seem to be quite stable, with quite a low volume of roles coming up. This should increase gradually as we progress into 2011. The market for the tax contractor, performing compliance and year-end type work seems to be slightly better, compared to 12 months ago. The senior end in-house tax market (Head of Tax level) seems very quiet, although that can often be the case in any market due to natural turnover being very low for that echelon of the market. Increasing transactions / M&A activity in the commercial world, and how tax teams will change their size and structure as a result should lead to more roles coming through.

The practice tax market, particularly across the Big Four is now coming back quite strongly, with many tax departments in the top firms now hiring. This is particularly the case in areas such as indirect taxes, transfer pricing and employment taxes, and where there is a corresponding scarcity of candidates. Corporate tax teams are also now making some strategic hires at the senior end.

This is now a tax job market with more confidence, but not overly bullish. Most certainly a good market for tax specialists to review their career and make a strategic change if they feel the time is right personally.

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