VAT and corporate tax compliance have been the main drivers of growth in an improving employment market in Ireland, where economic confidence continue to grow.
“Although there is a shortage of candidates in some areas and both practices and corporates are looking to recruit as a matter of urgency, they prefer to wait for the right candidate rather than compromise on the job specification. Consequently the hiring process can remain lengthy and decisions take time,” says Kate Flanagan, Tax and Legal Recruitment Specialist at Morgan McKinley.
The most in-demand positions within the corporates are at the newly qualified level up to 2yrs pqe whereas demand within tax practices is focused at the more senior level (tax manager, tax senior manager and tax director).
Employers are looking for candidates with ACA/CA or CTA and compliance qualifications, and at the senior end, for those who can demonstrate general strategic and communications skills. In addition to VAT and corporate tax compliance, international tax is a growth area.
“International tax continues to be a very important topic in 2015 with the moves to harmonise tax regimes across Europe and an increasing focus on BEPS. I would advise people in practice and industry to try and get as much exposure to international tax as possible as this will certainly help to develop your career,” says Flanagan. “The professional bodies in Ireland facilitate excellent training in this area, so in the absence of opportunities to get immediate practical experience, it is well worth enrolling on a course,” she adds.
Knowledge and experience of ERP systems is also a strong positive asset on a tax professional’s CV. “In-house tax teams are growing and companies that don’t yet have in-house experts are thinking of recruiting a tax specialist to reduce the reliance and costs of external advisors. Meanwhile practices are becoming increasingly busy with compliance and consultancy projects so the overall prospects for 2015 look positive,” concludes Flanagan.
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