I love London, although, whilst stuck in traffic this morning (on my pushbike), whilst trying to cycle past cycling novices wobbling all the way into the City from Hackney where I live, I lost some love for it. I’m sure that people with longer commutes across London on the underground or people whose journeys have been affected by the recent extreme weather could also be wishing they didn’t work in London!
There is often the misconception that work is not as interesting outside London. I know from a recruitment perspective that this is not the case at all – a lot of the roles that the tax team recruit for at Investigo are not in central London. There’s a rich concentration of head office functions in the Thames Valley - so the home counties and West London are perfect places to live if you want to work in-house, particularly in the TMT sector or within oil and gas/ utilities.
Within the accountancy firms, many new roles are in Reading, Manchester and Birmingham – they are all real areas of growth within the tax market. Part of the reason for this is that the commercial firms that these practices count as their clients often don’t have their own in-house tax department so all the tax work is outsourced. These are FTSE 100/250/350s, multinationals – in bounds, out-bounds, OMBs – the work is varied, interesting and technical.
I recently spent the day at Ernst & Young’s Birmingham office getting to know the team more, as well as it’s recruitment needs. It is looking to double the size of its tax team in the next 6 years, and is flexible when it comes to the candidates it will take on board. Whether you have a practice, or an in-house background, the team will be interested in meeting with anyone with a “good tax brain” who is interested in exploring being part of this growth.