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Accountancy firms compete for qualifying students

20 Apr 2007

Accountancy firms compete for qualifying students If you're thinking about accountancy as a career, it seems that you're in luck: the UK's leading accountancy firms are keen to get you on board before you've even completed your training.

A shortage of qualified accountants is forcing leading practices to launch major recruitment campaigns, offering increased starting salaries and other incentives, reports the Telegraph.

According to a survey by ECHM, part of Imprint, the financial market recruitment business, PricewatehouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, KPMG and Deloitte are all targeting students not due to finish their practical studies until September.

Kirsten MacLeod, ECHM operations director, said: "We are likely to see organisations continue to battle it out to secure newly qualified talent and as a result implement more and more innovative methods to achieve this."

A starting salary of £30,000 is not uncommon with the larger London firms.

However, if you're determined never to take another exam after your finals, it's not the job for you. Professional qualification takes at least another three years, consists of both on-the-job and external training and culminates in a grueling series of exams.

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