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

Market overview

With external factors continuing to cause increased levels of uncertainty when it comes to firms recruiting and accountants changing employers, the public practice market remains undeterred in moving forward.


The market is continuing to prove that ACA and ACCA qualified candidates who are looking to stay in practice are receiving multiple offers, allowing them to make the choice from a selection of interested firms. And with technological developments  - such as the increasing prominence of cloud accounting software and the looming Making Tax Digital deadlines - creating an heightended demand for these skills, the fierce competition to recruit amongst accountancy practices continues.


Audit experience consistently remains highly desirable and, in turn, we are seeing firms being forced to offer strong, above-market salaries to secure candidates. Recruitment for outsourcing jobs (once top of the list) appears to have levelled out, with enough accountants trained on Xero, Sage and QuickBooks to quell demand. However, as more specialist software reaches the market, innovative and proactive cloud experts will once again be in the limelight.


If you don't see a vacancy which matches your skill set or preferred location, then please contact David, ClaireStephanie  or Meg to discuss how we can approach our established network on a confidential basis.

Our coverage of public practice

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 and multi-site regional firms to those in the top tier and Big 4.

These include:

  • Audit & Assurance
  • Corporate Finance
  • Outsourcing & Accounts
  • Forensic Accounting

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.

  • Audit Manager | South East regional chartered firm
  • ACA CTA Joint Programme | Trainee role within a multi-office South East firm
  • Audit & Accounts Manager | Top 10 accountancy firm
  • Corporate Finance Executive | Top 20 accountancy
  • Associate Partner | Top 10 accountancy firm
  • Audit Partner | Progressive firm with offices across the UK
  • Accounts Senior | Top 25 accountancy firm
  • Payroll Manager | Independent Sussex based firm
  • Outsourcing Manager | Top 10 professional services firm
  • ACCA Part Qualified Accounts Senior | Established Sussex chartered firm

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