October has been an extremely busy month. New permanent vacancies registered with us have increased by over 100%. Vacancies have been posted by accountancy practices across the UK. Salary levels remain static – usual ranges for permanent ACCA full member accountants for Senior Accountant roles being around £35-40k across the country, with very few above this, although London firms seem to be mostly willing to increase up to £45k to attract the right person. Audit roles remain separate and quite distinct from this with figures increasing to £50-55k. More unusual roles can be considerably higher, with some specialist accountancy practices offering up to £65k for senior roles where expertise in one industry is needed. Contract roles have remained few and far between. There is a glut of part qualified ACCA accountants with 1-2 years experience, but a real shortfall of experienced ACCA and FCCA candidates in all geographical areas.
Out of the 51 new vacancies posted in October, 17 of them were in Greater London and the South East. 14 were in the North West and 7 were in East Anglia.
Market outlook – demand will fall during November as we approach Christmas.
Statistics for October (September in brackets)
Current live vacancies: 60 (45)
New salaried vacancies added in October: 51 (24)
New candidates registering: 67 (54)