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Contracted Accountants – Quantity over Quality

Contracted Accountants – Quantity over Quality?

Statistics tell us that there’s no shortage of qualified accountants.  Between 2012 and 2016, membership of UK and Ireland accounting bodies grew by 2.4%*.  There are now over 335,000 members.  The number of students is growing at a similar rate.

Interestingly, the number of registered audit firms has declined dramatically – by 17%, between 2012 and 2016*.  Sole practitioner numbers have declined even further – by 37% between 2003-2016*.

Plan ahead … always

We all know how dangerous statistics can be.  The truth of the matter is that there’s a distinct shortage of qualified accountants available for contract work.  The lesson to be learned?  Plan.  Plan well ahead.    You know when your busy times will be.  December to June is always frantic.  So, get the ball rolling early.  Make a diary note to call us at the end of the summer holidays.  Give yourself the best chance of a good recruiting result.

It’s the same with employee pregnancies.  If their maternity leave is due to start in May, call us in January.

Reliable, skilled, personable

We increasingly hear tales of woe from accountancy practices who have regretted hiring inexperienced, unreliable or low-calibre contractors.  So – what qualities should you be looking for?

Reliability – it seems obvious, but you need an accountant who will be at the right place at the right time.

Relevant skills set – Your trades client won’t thank you for appointing a retail specialist.

Interpersonal skills – Your contractor will need to be a good communicator – someone who can relate to your client and be able to speak their language.

Established, knowledgeable, innovative

At Public Practice Recruitment Ltd, we’re perfectly placed to find you contractors who are a great match for you and for your clients.

We’re established – Garry Howling, our founder and MD, enjoys over a decade of niche experience in public practice recruitment.

We know what we’re doing – We’ve built our business on the twin pillars of data interrogation and informed decisions, backed by layers of specialist Industry know-how.

We’re innovative – We’ve built our success by challenging the out-moded notions of accountancy recruitment.

We’re versatile – we may be niche experts, but within our niche, we’ve developed a massive array of specialist contacts.  Many of the UK’s top 20 accountancy practices call on us for one reason.  Trust.  They trust us to supply them with accountants at any experience level – from Consultants and Equity Partners to Part-qualified accountants.  We source accountants across all skill-sets too.

  •   Audit
  •   General accounts
  •   Tax
  •   Corporate Finance
  •   Forensic Accounting

In short – we’ll find the perfect match

We understand that people matter – As you’d expect, we work hard to get to know you and your business.  We strive to understand how you work – your successes, your challenges.  But we work exactly the same on ‘the other side’.  We’re committed to learning about our candidates – to finding out about their strengths, their successes, their goals.  In this way, we give ourselves the greatest chance of achieving our main goal – a perfect match.

We act fast – You know better than anyone when your busiest period starts and when it ends.  So – you can plan your contracted needs well in advance. Or can you?  Suppose you enjoy a sudden influx of new clients?  What if, amongst your current staff, you suffer a couple of long-term absentees?  What then?  You’ll need to get the right people in for the right clients – fast.  That’s where we come in.  Our systems keep us perfectly placed to respond quickly and effectively to your situation.

The right accountant for the right client for the right job

Keeping your clients happy, going beyond what they expect, is surely the cornerstone of your business strategy.  Few decisions can be more critical for achieving this goal than placing the right contracted accountants with the right clients for the right jobs.

We have an unrivalled understanding of the accountancy sector.  It’s our niche and our passion.  For all your accountancy needs, get in touch.  We’d love to hear from you.

Meanwhile, read more about why  Public Practice Recruitment Ltd could be your perfect partner.

Telephone – 0333 577 7787

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*The Financial Reporting Council’s (FRC) report – Key Facts and Trends in the Accountancy Profession – July 2017.


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