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Blue chips seeking qualified finance professionals

Hays Senior Finance, the world's leading recruiting expert, is experiencing increased demand for qualified finance professionals within blue chip companies, across the UK. The opportunities are largely for newly-created rather than replacement roles, which spells good news for accountants.

In the current economy employers are focusing on cost management and driving cost efficiencies. Blue chip companies are growing more confident about the market and have started stepping up their hires of finance professionals. CIMA professionals are in demand; they are seen as being able to hit the ground running due to their experience in the commercial elements of finance. In particular, business and financial analysts are sought after across a number of industries, including telecoms, FMCG and retail. Professionals with auditing skills and ACAs with 2 or 3 years post qualified experience are also highly sought after.

"There are currently excellent opportunities for high calibre finance professionals across all levels and all sectors in the UK and internationally," comments Teresa Thorrington-Allen, National Director of Hays Senior Finance. "This is positive news for professionals coming into the industry. Employers are beginning to look at adding to their existing talent pool and want to be sure that they have a strong team with the right skills in place ready for when the economy improves. "

Note to Editor

Hays Senior Finance is part of Hays plc (the "Group") is the leading global specialist recruiting group. It is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide, being the market leader in the UK and Australia and one of the market leaders in Continental Europe. It operates across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments.

The Group employs 6,933 staff operating from 345 offices in 28 countries across 17 specialisms.

For the year ended 30 June 2009:

  • The Group had revenues of £2.4 billion, net fees of £670.8 million and operating profit of £158 million.
  • The Group placed around 50,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 270,000 people into temporary assignments.
  • The temporary placement business represented 56% of net fees and the permanent placement business represented 44% of net fees.

For more information please contact:

Sarah Swailes
T: 020 7630 4282
E: sarah.swailes@hays.com

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