We saw strong demand for Audit seniors in the lead up to the end of the financial year, with the Big 4 becoming more open to looking at overseas candidates with relevant experience.
Due to the increasing demand for professional services firms to provide financial advisory and financial management services to government, there is an increasing demand for consultants across the Big 4, 2nd tier and boutique firms.
In terms of skills in demand for the July to September 2015 quarter, as always there is a need for Tax and Business Services Accountants due to a general shortage of available candidates and staff in the profession moving into commerce and industry or government.
Given the number of hours the audit function requires, many experienced candidates move into financial accounting and this is creating extremely high demand for Senior Auditors. Since a large number of Auditors secure commercial roles, the pipeline of talent in professional practice is not strong enough to replace them immediately.
Larger firms are recruiting Internal Auditors who they will market to their clients and who will work onsite. This is a positive revenue stream, and these professionals can follow up on their external audit reviews.