Paul Clifford, Regional CEO at Azets UK
Azets, the SME-focused international accounting and business advisory firm, has announced a national recruitment drive, with 900 roles being added across its UK business over the next 12 months. The roles cover all levels, from associate through to partner, and service lines including audit and assurance, accounting and advisory business services, corporate finance, tax, and restructuring.
The firm expects to hire up to 400 graduates and school leavers to join in September 2023, 100 more than this year’s cohort of 300 joining next month and double last year’s intake of 200. Azets, which recently ranked 38th in the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers 2022, is also providing opportunities to T Level students, the new intense technical vocational qualifications introduced by the government in 2020. Through proactive targeting of the over-50s, Azets hopes to fill at least 10% of its vacancies with returning retirees and career breakers.
This recruitment drive marks the latest milestone on Azets’ ambitious journey to increase revenue by 50% in the next five years through organic and acquisitive growth. This year Azets has completed the acquisitions of Tait Walker in the North East, Garbutt & Elliott in Yorkshire, and Inspire Accountants in the South of England, as Azets reinforces its position as the leading voice for the SME sector, with some 120,000 clients.
Rachel Rennison, Group Head of Talent Acquisition at Azets, said: “This is an exciting time to join Azets as we welcome new talented advisors into the firm and keep delivering against our growth ambition. Next year we will double our intake of trainees compared with 2021, as part of a wider recruitment drive to fill more than 900 roles within our UK Group businesses.
“We are actively recruiting at all levels, with our investment in hybrid working creating more opportunities for existing staff and removing traditional barriers around location and flexibility. A career at Azets is built on mutual trust and focussed on providing our people with all the tools they need to develop personally and professionally, and to give rounded advice to our clients, with high levels of autonomy and a broader range of experience than those offered by larger firms.”
Paul Clifford, Regional CEO at Azets UK, said: “The workspace has changed, as has the type of support needed by our clients. That’s why we are embracing hybrid working, to deliver an experience that suits both our employees and our clients. Digitisation is key to our investment strategy as we know our clients want top quality advice and rapid access to information at any given time, and staff want the flexibility and freedom to integrate work with other important commitments.”
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