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Getting The Most from Your Accountancy Job Ad

Writing an accountancy job advert can be a time consuming process!

So we’ll start out by saying that if you’re a hiring manager who just doesn’t have the time to make sure you’ve ticked all of the boxes you need to to ensure your job advert is legal and will attract the very best candidates, just outsource your recruitment to us and we’ll take care of it!

But if you have an accountancy job to fill and today’s job is writing the advert, read on and make sure your advert delivers!

Make sure your accountancy job advert is legal.

Let’s start by talking about protecting your firm and indeed yourself. If you thought accountancy was fraught with complex legalities then let us welcome you to the world of HR law. Your job advert needs to paint a great picture of  the role you’re looking to fill, your firm and its employee value proposition but also it must comply with employment law and most importantly The Equality Act of 2010.

The role of the job advert is to act as a huge fishing net that you cast out to attract the most appropriate and diverse shoal of fish the ocean holds. It will take time, lots of time, to trawl through the net and distinguish which fish to keep and which to throw back but the initial mission is to ensure no suitably qualified fish are excluded from the catch.

To make your net accessible to everyone, pay particular attention to your language and ensure you’ve not written anything that implies that your role would not be suitable for anyone with a protected characteristic.

Protected characteristics as outlined in the Equality Act of 2010 are…

  • age
  • disability
  • race
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

Let candidates see what the accounting job involves

This is where a brilliant job description should be linked. A document that clearly outlines the day to day tasks and targets you’d expect the successful candidate to complete and meet. You might consider adding a person specification which will list the essential and desired qualities, skills and attributes you imagine the successful candidate will possess. Again take care not to showcase any bias against people who might have a protected characteristic. And remember, these documents are something we are well versed in creating on behalf of our clients, so do get in touch if the whole process is starting to sound a little daunting!

Finally don’t forget to let them know about your pre employment checks!

Once again from a legal viewpoint it’s imperative that you take the time to check your successful candidate’s right to work in the UK and it’s best practice to be clear from the outset about any requirements you will have for references or pre employment checks (for instance health or previous convictions) so make sure these are clearly outlined in your advert.

“It’s amazing how many firms come to us after they’ve attempted the process of recruiting themselves and realise that they just don’t have enough hours in the day to get all the documentation in order, place the adverts in all of the right places, answer the endless enquiries and then sift through applications. It’s a big job which is why we’ve made a business out of doing it for accountancy firms!”

Garry Howling, MD, Public Practice Recruitment Ltd

But it is possible if you have the time and energy to make sure you’re getting it right and we hope our tips are helpful.

Are you recruiting for an accountancy position?

If you are looking to recruit for your accountancy practice, Public Practice Recruitment Ltd can help. 

Exclusively developed for the accountancy industry, our professional accountancy recruitment team will seek the highest calibre of candidate for your role, so you’ll be confident they will actively contribute to the success of your accountancy firm.

Call Public Practice Recruitment Ltd today on 03335 777 787 to discover how we can support you.


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