Susan Drew, senior regional director at Hays, told AccountantsDaily the increasingly strong job market has given candidates the ability to choose from different roles, with many accountants receiving multiple offers at once.
“I think there was a time last year when our clients felt a little bit more in control whereas now if clients aren’t making a decision at interview stage they risk losing candidates,” she said.
“Candidates are getting two or three offers at the moment so there is definitely the need to potentially offer candidates at that interview stage so that they’re not missing out on time and missing out on the opportunity.”
Ms Drew highlighted mid-level roles in mid-tier firms as a particularly strong market segment.
“In the professional practice side candidates are in short supply, especially those really good quality candidates, and we are seeing an improvement particularly in the second-tier firms. We have definitely seen some more movement coming through in those areas,” Ms Drew said.
“Mid-level roles in the mid-tier and second tier are where we are seeing more work coming through and more opportunities.”
The big four firms are also searching for talent, according to Ms Drew, with internal recruitment teams contracting external recruiters such as Hays to help find the best accountants.
“What we have found in the big four is that they obviously have got their internal recruitment team and they’ve been doing a lot of recruitment themselves but now they’re having to come to us because it’s getting more challenging to find candidates," Ms Drew said.