KPMG & REC Report on Jobs June 2023

"Strongest rise in candidate numbers since end of 2020".

Just as an FYI, that's not to be confused with an abundance. And according to the survey, we still have a shortage of:

Accounts Payable
Book Keepers
Credit Controllers

David Smith, Economics Editor at The Sunday Times says in the below article:

“The permanent workforce shrinkage that we’ve suffered in the UK seems to be unique. It’s not quite clear why that is, and it’s obviously causing a lot of concern and debate at the top of government."

Suggested reasons why accountancy as a specialism is having such a hard time include:

  • Brexit
  • The over 50's leaving employment. Whilst ill health is a factor, their leaving the workforce is mainly voluntary, having 'tested' retirement during the pandemic
  • That the profession is considered 'dull'

  • The commitment of time, energy and money to qualifications is a barrier

  • It's not that well paid

  • The profession has been slow to modernise

  • Auditors, in particular, work long hours and have to travel - this is no longer providing satisfaction

Read the full article below

I'm always happy to be a source of help and advice, for free, whether it be around reviewing hiring processes or putting together a compelling offering to job seekers.

Contact us now for a free, no-obligation chat. Contact Clare here.

Clare Wight is the founder and Managing Director of Clarity Appointments, an independent recruitment specialist. She served as a Regional Director for The Employment Agents Movement, supporting other independent recruiters.

She remains an active member of Recconnect (formerly Members Only), a recruitment leadership network promoting high ethical standards, collaboration, diversity, equity and inclusion.

She believes business owners are more fulfilled and higher-performing when they provide emotional and professional business support to other business owners, even those they deem to be competitors. She does this actively, whilst challenging and updating her skills and knowledge of the recruitment sector, enabling her to offer the best advice to firms looking to make their next hire.

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