The tradition career advice is that you 'never leave a job without having a job to go to'. But sometimes our working life just doesn't put us in the situation for that to happen. Unplanned circumstances such as a redundancy, an unfulfilling job or not getting along with colleagues are all reasons I've heard for candidates wanting to move jobs.
The dilemma comes when tax professionals are unsure as to what role to look for in the next step of their career. Finding that balance of searching for the perfect permanent job and staying in the role you currently aren't happy with is difficult.
This is where the interim tax market is ideal. Interim tax roles are always available, remuneration is highly competitive and the candidate can experience a flexible work/life balance unlike permanent roles.
I've been working in the tax recruitment market for over a decade and in particular the last two years has seen more and more tax professionals understand the benefits of working on a temporary/interim basis. They realise that future employers won't disregard their job application if their cv doesn't flow perfectly with permanent jobs and no time off in between roles.
An increasing number of tax professionals are working interim roles in between searching for permanent jobs in order to understand what it's like to work at different companies. Each business has a unique culture and work processes, so working for various companies can help you realise your working preferences which, in turn, can assist when looking for a permanent career role.
Again, after working in this market for a number of years, I have also seen many tax professionals make interim work their full time career. Two of the main reasons for this is the challenge of working on different projects and the excitement of working with new people.
The interim tax market is currently thriving in both commerce and industry and financial services, and we expect this to continue for at least the first half of 2017. With the economical uncertainties caused by the impending triggering of article 50 by the U.K government, many companies are hiring interim tax professionals rather than fully committing to full time employees.
If you would like to know more about the interim market, please do not hesitate to contact me or download our guide on working as an interim tax professional.