Activity in the accountancy recruitment market soared during December and at the start of 2011, according to latest figures from recruitment firm Ashdown Group.
The data shows that the number of professional accountancy-related vacancies rose by 13.52 per cent over the two-months, making the accountancy recruitment market the strongest-performing jobs segment.
John Lynes, director of the Ashdown Group, said the surprisingly strong performance of the sector was an indication of healthy business confidence for the year ahead.
“Demand for accountancy personnel is at its strongest since the Ashdown Group Jobs Index started tracking data in June 2009,” he commented.
“The prospect for the UK job market within our sectors looks very positive. Demand in January is indicative of fresh budgets and we have seen the highest level of hiring since June 2009.”
Mr Lynes added that it is unlikely that a downturn in consumer confidence will have much of an impact on recruitment levels, as demand for accountants tends to be strong during all economic climates, unlike other professions.