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Demand high in Scotland for commercial finance professionals

Signs of recovery in the Scottish market have led to an increased demand for commercially savvy finance professionals, according to Hays, the leading recruiting expert. At present, the financial services sector in Scotland is proactively recruiting to ensure that the best teams are in place to take advantage of an upturn in the market.

Most significantly, there has been an increase in the levels of recruitment within public practice firms and even in the public sector, despite speculation over impending job cuts. Candidates with the ability to focus on the bigger picture, who have a proven track record and a solid CV are highly sought after.

Keith Mason, Director at Hays in Scotland, comments: "It is widely understood that commercial candidates can cut costs and add real value to an organisation. In Scotland we are seeing that many companies have recognised this and are bringing on additional staff; in some cases to work on major change management projects; systems implementations or strategic business reviews.

What is also positive is that we are seeing many candidates who had previously put their career on hold, now considering their career options. This, coupled with the rise in demand for certain skills has led to more movement in the market."

About Hays:

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 over 6,700 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 £158.0 million;
  • the Group placed around 50,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 300,000 people into temporary assignments;
  • the temporary placement business represented 56% of net fees and the permanent placement business represented 44% of net fees;
  • Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE and United Kingdom.

For further press information please contact:

Sarah Swailes
Hays
T. 020 7259 8821
E. sarah.swailes@hays.com

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