Analysis of the UK regional tax job market 2017

Hu Kabir Tax in Professional Services, Market Insight

This report, co-produced by Brewer Morris and Vacancysoft, focuses on the number of tax roles in the regions outside of London. Over the last several years, the regional market has become more prominent for accountancy firms. Whilst the data in this report shows that the overall number of jobs advertised online (directly by accountancy firms) decreased year on year when comparing 2015 and 2016, in 2017 we have started to see an increase in the overall roles advertised in the regions. January 2017 saw an increase of 31% in the roles advertised online in regional areas
compared to the same month in 2016.

This report will initially provide an overview of tax jobs advertised online (by accountancy firms directly) in the regions using data collected by Vacancysoft in 2015, 2016 and 2017, as well as market sentiment gathered by Brewer Morris. The second section of this report breaks down online advertised tax roles by region and discusses which areas performed the best in 2016 in addition to highlighting potential growth areas for 2017. Brewer Morris are frequently asked by tax professionals, of all levels, about the potential job opportunities in regions outside of London and so it is of particular interest to see that the actual number of job roles advertised decreased in 2016. However, this could be due to the fact that an increasing number of accountancy firms are using recruitment specialists, particularly when wanting to build a new team in the regions or seeking a tax professional with a very specific skill set.

The final section in this report focuses on predictions for the coming  year and to what extent the events of 2016 will have an effect on the regional tax job market.

View the full report here