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Hays Accountancy & Finance offers professionals training with ICS

Hays Accountancy & Finance, the leading recruiting expert, has partnered with UK distance learning provider ICS to offer access to online training courses through its website. The partnership has been formed because many accountancy & finance professionals currently seeking jobs are also looking to up-skill their CVs. Professionals will be able to apply easily online whilst also browsing for the latest jobs.

Hays' candidates will be able to choose from a wide range of professional development courses with ICS, from GCSE language courses right up to degree-level studies, such as a degree in business management.

Mark Sheldon, Managing Director at Hays Accountancy & Finance, comments: "A recent survey revealed that 33% of those starting courses with ICS stated that they did so for career related reasons. We hope that accountancy & finance professionals will benefit from this addition to our service, time is a commodity many of us lack and studying via distance learning works around your schedule. Professionals may want to secure a promotion or improve their CV with a course such as a BA Hons in Business Management, an IAB Level 1 Certificate in Book-Keeping, or a CIMA paper. Assisting our candidates wherever we can is important to us."

Sally Pulvertaft, managing director of ICS, said: "The aim of our partnership is to give Hays' candidates the opportunity to look at their whole career development. The flexibility of the courses that we offer allows Hays to become a one-stop shop for job opportunities and professional development."

For more information visit our distance learning section.

Note to editor:

Hays Accountancy & 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.


ICS is one of the world's oldest and one of the UK's biggest correspondence training providers, having been set up originally in 1890 in the United States. Its headquarters are in the UK in Glasgow, where it manages around 45,000 students a year across a wide range of academic and vocational programmes. For more information about ICS visit

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Sarah Swailes
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