Accountancy RADAR

Recruitment agencies must stop discriminating in this way


Rage Against Discrimination in Accountancy Recruitment


These advertisments from the Robert Walters' website in September 2009 show clearly how this recruitment agency continues to use "newly qualified" etc in their advertsing. We have a lot more of these advertisments which include terms such as "no more than 2 year's PQE, 2-3 years PQE etc

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Accountancy recruitment has traditionally been an area where age discrimination has been rife, “consultants” have been trained to believe that anyone who has not reached the position of Finance Director by 40 years of age is unemployable and their CV is simply binned without being considered for any position.

Many Financial Recruitment Consultants are not competent to recruit on the basis of skills and ability

Recuitment Consultants are asked to restrict their recruitment to market segments that only exist becasue of discrimination.  In reality there are no jobs that are just suitable for newly qualified accountants.  Recruitment agencies who ask their staff to recruit in this way are breaching the regulations

Recruitment Consultants themselves are asked to restrict themselves to recruiting newly qualified when no such dedicated roles exist in Accounting and Finance


Our client is one of the world’s largest quoted tobacco groups by global market share, with brands sold in more than 180 markets.

They are looking for a Finance Manager to work as part of the central statutory reporting team responsible for the preparation of the half year and full year results of the Group, to advise and assist the Group’s

operating companies with IFRS reporting, to support the UK Head Office Companies Team.

- A qualified financial accountant with ideally no more than 2 years PQE gained in external audit of the Group accounts of a large multinational group under IFRS

Salary: £50K                                                                                                                           Location: United Kingdon:london                                       Duration : Permanent                                                                                                                                                                         Consultant: Katy Oddy                                                                                                                                                                                Job Ref: kod-1066020                                                                                                                                                                           Date posted: 14-Aug-2009

Reporting Accountant

Specialist Insurance Group operating within the Lloyds’ Insurance Market requires a Reporting Accountant, who will be responsible for the preparation of internal and external reports of the department, including all Lloyd’s regulatory returns and associated management information, tax computations, plus other ad hoc project work.

The role will be responsible for the preparation of analytical tools and reports to support the information produced. Key Skills and expreiences required:

• CIMA / ACCA / CA (or overseas equivalent) - Newly qualified accountant

If you would like to apply for this role or find out more, please apply online (using “Add to job basket”) or contact Georgina Lyles at Robert Walters on 020 7509 8356  quoting the reference GLY 1072470 RA.

Salary: £50-60K                                                                                                                           Location: United Kingdon:london                                                   Duration : Permanent                                                                                                                                                                         Consultant: Georgina Lyles                                                                                                                                                                               Job Ref: GLY 1072470 RA                                                                                                                                                                           Date posted: 28-Aug-09