Public Practice Recruitment

Considered as a trusted adviser, a feeling of which there is no substitute

Public practice in the early years brings a defined career path and, often, a professional qualification that will open many doors in future years.

As you progress, the profession becomes even more varied. With exposure to many sectors and maintaining knowledge of an ever changing legislation, no day is ever the same. This aside, social interaction and building long term relationships with clients ensues until you are considered a ‘trusted adviser’, a feeling of which there is no substitute.

Chris Checkley, Partner, TC Group

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Market Overview

Even when external factors cause increased uncertainty for both the hiring firm and job seeker, the public practice market remains undeterred in moving forward with opportunities continually existing across all service lines, all levels within all geographical areas.

Fierce competition to recruit amongst accountancy practices continues with firms having to look inwardly at what sets them apart as the primary choice to potential recruits and the most talented of jobseekers. Embracing the expected norm of flexible work patterns has become a necessary conversation, with recent years witnessing its ascent as a driving force and essential prerequisite for candidates entering the job market. With the technology and communication tools available, what’s the reason not to?!

Audit experience consistently remains highly desirable, with firms needing to offer strong, above-market salaries to secure the best talent. Simultaneously, the demand for experienced outsourcing candidates is on the upswing, compelling firms to explore candidates transitioning from the corporate arena to practice, thereby broadening their pool of options.

If you’re looking for a new job within practice don’t hesitate to reach out to our specialist team. We can confidentially tap into our extensive network and reveal exclusive prospects that may not be publicly listed. We’ll help you find the right role to match your skills and career aspirations.

Employee Benefit Survey

We have launched our Employee Benefits Survey for accountants in small and mid-size practices to gain insight into what benefits are most in demand across the market.

Here at Harvey John, we’re keen to find out which benefits actually matter to you. Which benefits make the most difference to your day to day? Of the benefits you don’t have, which ones do you find most appealing?

Our coverage of Public Practice

Who do we recruit?

You work in a candidate driven market. You hold all the cards. Whether you work in a mixed general practice role or you’ve chosen to specialise, you’ll have options available to you throughout your job search.
We have long standing relationships with a wide range of accountancy firms, varying from boutique independents, established regional firms and to those in the top tier and Big 4.

Service lines include:

  • Audit & Assurance
  • Accounts & Outsourcing
  • Business Advisory
  • Corporate Finance
  • Digital and Cloud Accounting
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What grades do we recruit?

Industry experienced consultants are on hand to provide guidance and support at whatever stage of your career.

Whether you’re a graduate seeking an entry level role with professional study support, a qualified Manager, or a Partner & Head of Department, we have opportunities across the entire market.

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Recent Engagements

  • General Practice Partner | Leading South East regional firm
  • Outsourcing Manager | Independent firm
  • Payroll Manager | Leading Sussex firm
  • Audit Manager | Top 50 firm
  • Accounts Associate | Dorset based independent firm
  • Senior Accountant | Regional firm, Surrey
  • Client Manager | Chichester based accounting firm
  • ACA Graduate Trainee | Tunbridge Wells based accounting firm
  • Accounts Manager | Top 50 accounting firm
  • General Practice Partner | Acquisitive Sussex accounting firm
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