The changing face of accounting firms in Cork; How/why are they changing? What does this mean for you?

“Accounting firms in Cork, big and small, have really begun to scale again in 2017, with this trend set to continue well into 2018” says Jonathan Olden, Managing Partner Barden | Cork.  “This is a tangible sign of renewed confidence in the Cork market with growth coming from a mix of FDI investments, SME growth and larger Cork practices taking on some additional work from other cities“.

Looking at this statement a little more closely some of the driving factors in practice in Cork include:

  • Significant FDI investments (such as recent announcements pharma and shared services) are driving further demand for traditional practice services.
  • The diversification in practice towards management consulting, business process transformation, risk management and financial accounting and advisory services has resulted in new service lines and increased opportunity for qualified accountants.
  • The gradual, albeit procrastinated, recovery in the SME market has resulted in an increased demand for traditional and non-traditional advisory services in smaller companies.
  • A number of leading Cork Practices have begun to take on overflow work from Dublin and other locations resulting in an increase in the volume of companies and activities being serviced from Cork.

The future looks bright for practice professionals in the Cork market and the range and nature of opportunity is more diverse than ever before” says Olden.  “People still need to earn the right in firms to access the bigger clients and more diverse work, but there is ample opportunity now for practice professionals, at all levels, to make a strategic career move and to capitalize in terms of learning and earning“.

Barden Cork have a wide array of practice opportunities for qualified and part qualified accountants including:

  • Audit Managers – multiple leading Cork firms are looking to hire experienced managers or people looking to take that critical step up.  There is flexibility among hiring managers in terms of the candidates audit background.  For example an FS Audit trained Audit Manager might well be able to access an Audit Manager role with industry clients – this type of opportunity to move between pillars has been absent from the Cork market for some time.
  • Practice Managers/Snr Managers – a number of medium sized practices in Cork have a unique opportunity to bring on ambitious accountants to help them build for the future.  With ample and diverse work, these practices have real potential for route to partnership for the right people.
  • Recently Qualified Accountants – huge opportunities in Cork for recently qualified accountants looking to build a career in practice, and who want to learn and earn in a different environment to their training contract.  Ample opportunity to move department, client base/type and client scale….
  • Part-qualified Accountants/Assistant Accountants – ample opportunity to take on part qualified roles across all practice types – more opportunity at this level in Cork than has been seen since 2006/7.

If you are keen to build your career in Practice in Cork and would like to get advice you can trust and introductions to the right people, get in touch with Jonathan Olden  ( OR ​021 2376124) today for a confidential discussion and expert advice on how to access the opportunities you need to secure your future.




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