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Financial Services Opportunities in Surrey: We Hear from Our New Surrey Manager



I am delighted to join Marks Sattin to head up and develop our new Surrey office in Leatherhead. I have been connecting accountancy & finance professionals with great employers in Surrey for over ten years. Prior to finding my niche in the world of recruitment, I worked in a finance team within the construction industry. It was this work experience that has allowed me to offer another perspective to candidates and clients, as I can empathise with both through common experience. In my new role I will oversee both permanent and temporary recruitment within accountancy and finance, offering a multitude of solutions to the Surrey market. Our new team are excited to see what 2019 holds, and we are looking forward to engaging with new and old contacts and candidates alike.  

An overview of the Surrey market
The Surrey recruitment market is one of the most buoyant and fastest growing markets in the UK. There are multiple factors contributing to its growth, which have led to some exciting new industries in the area. Surrey comprises of multiple key towns outside of London where a number of global organisations have opted to relocate their head offices away from the city.

The financial services sector is one of the biggest employers in Surrey, containing a mix of small start-ups to global blue chip organisations. This includes Allianz, which is headquartered in Guildford, as well as AXA in Cobham. As a result, financial and business services contribute to 27% of overall employment in Surrey.

Other notable industries are Tech, FMCG, and Pharma, with many of the global players in these areas opting for UK/EU Head Offices in Surrey –  such as Sony, Samsung, Sanofi, EA, Unilever and Siemens, to name a few.

Within accountancy and finance, there are several areas growing significantly faster than others. One of my new team members was able to offer a lot of insight into the part-qualified ‘active studier’ market, which last year was named 3rd fastest growing area across the whole of recruitment for the UK. With an increasing number of organisations opting to support their employees through supporting their ACCA/CIMA/ACA studies, this can be subsidised by the apprenticeship levy, and engages employees within an organisation.

Commercial Finance is another notable growth area within accountancy and finance, because there is more focus on strategic planning and analysing trends to maximise on profit and minimise risk.

For the next year, the market will continue to grow in these areas. With more talent moving out of the city, the quality of candidates in Surrey is increasing all the time. Therefore, in line with expectation, the Guildford area will continue to be in the top 3 hardest places to recruit in the UK for the 4th year running.

How can Marks Sattin help?
We are industry specialists in FS, FMCG, sport, manufacturing, insurance, education and many more, so we can give our candidates exposure to a variety of sectors. We work with a variety of clients, from FTSE 250 businesses to SMEs. As a result, we have the expertise to advise, problem solve and most importantly, find the best person for the role. Our network of candidates spans from junior transactional finance right up to C-suite.

Typical roles include:

  • Transactional Finance – Purchase Ledger, Credit Control
  • Assistant Accountants
  • Finance Analysts
  • Management Accountants
  • Senior Finance – Finance Manager, Financial Controllers
  • Commercial Finance – Business Partners
  • Technical Finance – Tax, VAT specialists, Stat Accountants
  • Directors

If you are recruiting for your team, looking for a new opportunity, or simply would like some current market information, please get in touch.

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