The latest results show beyond much doubt that the market for financial leadership appointments is strong and that it is growing at a fast pace. There was a small downturn in the number of start dates and campaign launches in April as the Easter holidays and gradual releasing of lockdown caused a welcome distraction – this puts the high levels of activity up to the end of March and from May onwards into an even more positive context.
PE, plc and privately owned businesses. Young SMEs to huge corporates. An eclectic range of sectors. The appointments seen over the past quarter have covered the full range, in all categories of ownership, size and sector. The detail behind the numbers is really encouraging.
My analysis which covered all appointments (not limited to just our placements) showed:
Since we entered lockdown in March last year, we have seen over 275 CFOs / Finance Directors start new appointments in the Yorkshire region. If you had told me that 12 months ago, I would not have believed you (and I consider myself to be an optimist!). Nobody can predict the long-term future, but I can predict that the next two quarters (at the very least) are going to carry on as positively for senior finance appointments.
We have known Lindsey since she moved to Yorkshire and have built up a great relationship as her reputation has grown. It was great to spend some time with her and to find out what pulled her from the United States to South Yorkshire.
Part 3 of our articles focuses on the thoughts of some of our regions best private sector finance leaders, to understand what's creating the increased demand for strong technical accountants within the Yorkshire region.
Lyndsey is a Director at Brown Butler Chartered Accountants and a really close friend of our partners.
With the unprecedented rise in demand for technically strong accountants for the 2nd part of our articles we have spent some time talking to some of the best technical accountants who have made the move to industry across the region
The candidate pool of technically strong financial accounts is falling short of the demand by as wide a margin as we have seen in 20 years.