The pandemic has affected many businesses. Over the last year, market confidence has dropped, not only in the South East but all over the UK. The result of this has been a drop in the number of opportunities available.

Whilst many SMEs had to pause their hiring and work with their current resources, growing SME businesses continued to hire leadership professionals to ensure their expansions. The larger more established businesses have not experienced any changes with regards to their needs for finance professionals.

The current demand for part-qualified accountants and transactional finance professionals remains high, with a talent pool growth of 4%.

Over 30% of professionals are looking for a new job, and 50% are confident about job opportunities within the sector. There has also been a big shift towards work from home which has led to 3 major trends appearing :

  1. Some elements of remote working (currently near 100%)

  2. Enhanced use of technology

  3. Flexible working hours.