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VAT: Contemplating moving in-house? When’s the optimum time to make that move?

No doubt about it, a VAT consultancy career in a Big 4 firm can be immensely rewarding experience. Excellent clients to work with, often with highly complex problems to find solutions for. You’ll have a structured career path, and enjoy a real sense of camaraderie as you progress upwards through the ranks. The professional experience you get, and the financial rewards that come with that can be superb. However, for some VAT specialists in a Big 4 VAT consultancy environment, there can be the niggling thought in the back of one’s mind about whether one should choose to take your VAT expertise into an in-house setting. Maybe it’s the increase in emphasis on business development the further down your Consultancy career you get, maybe it’s the thought of making a real difference to a company’s tax position, maybe it’s the idea of focusing more exclusively in a particular sector. Or maybe you’re just sick of timesheets? Read More

The problem is not leaving the EU – it’s the idea of leaving the EU…

Apologies in advance; this is a ‘Brexit blog’ – but I’m not going to express hugely well-informed or revolutionary ideas here. I’m not going to lay out what it will mean for the banking, consulting, technology or recruitment industries. Frankly, I can’t!  I don’t yet know enough to be able to do that – and I know I’m definitely not alone in that. Read More

Who knew – I’m in the 14th best job in the UK….

Intriguing results published in City AM this morning. Being a Recruitment Consultant is ranked 14th best job in the UK.

Yes, after over 18 years in recruitment (all with the same company), I can safely say I love my job – you get to work with some brilliant brands and companies, you’re continually dealing with people and no one day is the same. Nothing beats that buzz of placing a ‘difficult to help candidate’ in that ‘difficult to fill job’. Read More

The Anti-Candidate

Tariq wonders if the recruitment market can learn something from ‘The Donald’…

I very much dislike the idea of giving Donald Trump more column inches – but I did read a very interesting take on his success this morning which I wanted to highlight. So, a little grudgingly, here we go… Read More

Back to the Future: 30 years? No thanks – we deal in baby-steps…

Does the idea of a ‘career defining step’ need a re-think? Maybe every career choice is defining. Tariq tries to predict the future…..

So, after years of fake emails with doctored screen grabs, Wednesday actually does finally mark the date which Marty McFly time-travelled forward to in Back to the Future 2.  It’s a completely random date – 21st October 2015 – but 30 years into the future probably seemed far enough away to allow them to build a crazy futuristic world and sort of get away with it.  But how much of the detail in the movie actually rings true in today’s real world? Read More

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