Global market conditions have led to an increase in overseas-based New Zealand Accounting and Finance professionals coming home in recent months.
There is a strong trend among post-qualified talent to head offshore to gain valuable skills and experience and as a leading financial centre, London is often the destination of choice. But the COVID-19 pandemic has led many to re-examine their plans and they have come back to New Zealand earlier than they would have otherwise.
The result is a strong influx of top talent to the local market. In fact, I have not seen this level of UK returner talent available at the same time in more than 15 years of recruitment.
It is an excellent time for employers considering their post COVID-19 response to secure leading professionals for interim and contracting opportunities or permanent roles. There is also the added advantage that they are immediately available.
Many of the candidates we are working with have a strong grounding in New Zealand chartered accounting firms, combined with three to five years’ international experience. They have extensive exposure to analytical and commercial business partnering in complex, global organisations.
Most candidates actively searching are looking for FP&A, Commercial Manager, Business Partnering roles or Head of Finance / Financial Controller level roles. Many are open to contracting and interim positions.
High-calibre candidates such as these are extremely sought after, and prior to COVID-19 it would not be unusual for them to receive multiple job offers within weeks of returning. While there is less opportunity in the market currently, with such great talent available it is a great time to recruit.
Our UK talent pipeline
Hunter Campbell has strong UK networks and we have built up an extensive pipeline of UK returner talent. You can read more about the talent search work we have done here.
Jason Hinton heads up the Contracting function for Hunter Campbell, which specialises in recruiting contractors across the full Accounting spectrum from Accounting Support through to the Interim CFO level.