February has been slightly busier than January but still quiet for accountancy practice roles, unlike other sectors. New permanent vacancies registered with us have stayed low. 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+. Contract roles have remained few and far between. There remains a glut of part qualified ACCA accountants/affiliates with 1-2 years experience and a real shortfall of experienced ACCA and FCCA candidates with more than 2 years post-qualification experience in all geographical areas.
Market outlook – demand will start to increase as we move into the prime recruitment season of April to September.
Statistics for February
Current live vacancies: 77
New salaried vacancies added in February: 13
New candidates registering: 39