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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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Tax Technology Recruitment - Case Study

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Here is a brief case study of some recruiting work performed recently by recruiter Simon Godley at sector specialist Talentpool Selection:

Recent Assignment
Our client is a Big Four consultancy that we have regularly engaged with and recruited for their tax technology consultancy team, mostly based in London.  They recently started the process of hiring consultants for the team at an entry level, and wishing to look at potential candidates ranging from graduates (with 1-2 years’ tax / IT experience) through to Assistant Manager level i.e. 4-5 years’ experience. 

Talentpool has gradually built up a bank of tax based candidates, ones that have trained in corporate, personal or indirect tax and that have a keen interest to take a career step into tax technology.  Typically our candidates have either come through the accountancy (ACA / ACCA) or tax route (CTA) in their training – some have fully qualified and others are part-qualified – coupled with very strong experience around Excel (up to Macros level) and a good level of user experience on tax and accounting software programs.

For this exercise, we had to carefully consider which of these candidates we felt were at the right level, which had the most relevant tax and IT requirements, and which we felt would do well and prosper in the Big Four environment.  This process involved meeting with these candidates and interviewing them based on the criteria for the roles and assessment of client-facing skills.  Out of 5-6 profiles that were submitted to the client, 2 candidates went through to be successfully hired and have started in their new positions in January 2014.   

What do our candidates think of us?

“It was extremely refreshing to receive a service from a recruitment consultant that was supportive, honest and approachable. Simon responded to queries and updated me with any progress promptly. Simon also spent time to share his knowledge around the role, company and the market. Highly recommended!”
Indirect Tax Technology Consultant (placed April 2013)

“In my opinion the way Simon works is unique in today's recruitment market. He kept me involved at every step of the process, providing me with background information on the client and constructive feedback after each interview. I have no hesitation in recommending Simon's professionalism and the way he approaches the recruitment process.”
Tax Reporting Technology – Product Adviser (placed November 2012)

If you are needing help or guidance within the tax or tax technology market, either looking for a career change or an organisation looking for someone with specialist skills in this area, please call Simon Godley on 0870 46 056 46 or email:

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