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Jennifer Nelson

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Jennifer Nelson

Head of Regional Tax

I head the Regional Tax Practice Team at Pro-Tax Recruitment and recruit at all levels of seniority in all tax disciplines into accountancy practices across the UK.


I am an experienced specialist recruiter focused on sourcing tax professionals from Tax Assistant to Tax Partner level throughout the UK. Working with the Uk’s most highly regarded practices including the Big 4, Top 50 and boutique regional firms, I have a background in successfully recruiting for all areas of Tax such as Corporate Tax, Personal Tax, Indirect Tax, VAT, R&D Tax, Expatriate Tax, M&A, and Employment Tax.


With a conscientious approach to recruitment, I pride myself on building and sustaining key relationships with some of the most well-respected Tax professionals in the country, as well as some of the UK’s most promising new tax professionals.


After graduating from University I gained exposure to several areas of the Financial Services including Insurance, Asset Finance, Accounts and Pensions working with top UK Blue Chip corporations.


Keeping fit is a strong passion of mine and I enjoy attending advanced gym classes as well as competing in long-distance running. When given the chance, I love partaking in more adventurous sports and having grown up in Cornwall am a keen surfer. If I was not in recruitment, I would be a costume designer for film and theatre, I am a self-taught dressmaker from the age of 8.

jennifer's latest roles

  • Corporate Tax Manager - Reading

    £55000 - £65000 per annum + Car Allowance + Pension + Healthcare

    Corporate Tax Manager - Reading Up to £65,000 plus car allowance and benefits Part Time Hours or Full Time Offering part-time hours and flexibility to work from home this tax opportunity doesn't come onto th...

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  • Transfer Pricing Manager - Reading

    £55000 - £65000 per annum + Car Allowance + Pension + Healthcare

    Transfer Pricing Manager - Top end salary + car allowance + competitive pension + 20% bonus Location: Reading (with flexible working from home) Role overview: This top 10 international firm continue to be th...

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  • Transfer Pricing Advisor - Reading

    £25000 - £30000 per annum + Top Benefits Package + Flexi Working

    Transfer Pricing Advisor - 30k Reading - Working from home Study Support Offered This top international accountancy firm are expanding their transfer pricing team in Reading and are currently seeking a Trans...

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  • M&A Tax Assistant Manager - Manchester

    £45000 - £50000 per annum + Top Benefits Package + Flexi Working

    M&A Assistant Tax Manager - Manchester Up to £50,000 + Bonus + Benefits Market Leading Development Plan Looking to work within the most progressive area of tax with guaranteed progression? Are you looking fo...

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  • M&A Tax Manager - Manchester

    £55000 - £65000 per annum + + Car + Excellent Pension + Bonus + Bens

    M&A Tax Manager - Path to Director Location: Manchester Salary: Up to 65,000 plus car allowance + benefits An ambitious M&A Tax Manager is required to join one of the most successful Merger and Acquisition t...

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  • Transfer Pricing Manager - Manchester

    £55000 - £65000 per annum + Car Allowance + Pension + Healthcare

    A new and lucrative opportunity has arisen for a bright and personable Transfer Pricing Manager to join the highest performing transfer pricing team outside of London. Focusing on a interesting and elite por...

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  • Transfer Pricing Senior Manager - Man...

    £75000 - £85000 per annum + Car Allowance + Pension + Healthcare

    Transfer Pricing Senior Manager - Manchester Circa to 85k + Car Allowance + Pension + Medical A new and exclusive opportunity has just arisen for an experienced Transfer Pricing Manager or Senior Manager to ...

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  • Transfer Pricing Assistant Manager - ...

    £40000 - £50000 per annum + Flexi-Working + Top Benefits

    Brand new opening for an ambitious Transfer Pricing Assistant Manager to join this Top 10 firm in their Reading office. Working within a highly respected international tax team you will work with clients of ...

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  • Transfer Pricing Manager - Reading

    £50000 - £65000 per annum + Car Allowance + Pension + Healthcare

    Transfer Pricing Manager Reading Up to 65k plus car allowance plus healthcare Are you keen to join the Uk's number one provider of Transfer Pricing Tax solutions? I am working exclusively with this Top 10 fi...

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  • Transfer Pricing Advisor - Reading

    £20000 - £35000 per annum + Top Benefits Package + Flexi Working

    Transfer Pricing Advisor - Study Support Offered Up to 35k No prior experience needed This international accountancy giant is going through a huge growth expansion and as a result has a brand new opening for...

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  • Personal Tax Senior - Study Support

    £30000 - £35000 per annum + Exclusive Benefits Package

    Private Client Tax Senior Study Support Offered A top practice with an excellent reputation in the market regarding their Private Client Tax services are seeking a Private Client Tax Senior with excellent re...

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  • Corporate Tax Manager - Bristol (Part...

    £55000 - £65000 per annum + + Car + Excellent Pension + Bonus + Bens

    Corporate Tax Manager - Bristol (Part Time Available) Up to 60k plus Car Allowance + Bonus + Benefits Do you want to work with some of the best organisations across the UK as well as internationally? I am wo...

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  • Private Client Tax Senior Manager - B...

    £75000 - £85000 per annum + Car Allowance + Pension + Healthcare

    Private Client Tax Senior Manager Cambridge - Flexible Working From Home Pro-Tax are working with an award winning practice with an exceptional reputation for their private client tax services to find a Priv...

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  • Indirect Tax Associate Director - Par...

    £75000 - £85000 per annum + Top Benefits Package + Flexi Working

    An outstanding opportunity has arisen for an experienced Indirect Tax specialist to join this Top firm in their Birmingham office as the VAT Associate Director either full time or part time. With a primary f...

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  • VAT Senior Manager - Birmingham

    £70000 - £80000 per annum + Car Allowance + Pension + Healthcare

    Indirect Tax/VAT Senior Manager - Flexible Working From Home 3 days a week Looking for more out of your career where you will be supported along a Director track? We are working with an entrepreneurial forwa...

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  • VAT Manager - Birmingham + Flexible W...

    £55000 - £65000 per annum + Car Allowance + Pension + Healthcare

    VAT Manager - Birmingham (With flexi-working from home) Up to £65,000 Basic salary plus car allowance, plus pension plus bonus An exciting opportunity has just arisen with a global leader in VAT to join thei...

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  • Transfer Pricing Manager - Leeds

    £50000 - £60000 per annum + Car Allowance + Pension + Healthcare

    Transfer Pricing Manager Home Working/Leeds Office Up to 60k Are you keen to join the Uk's centre of Transfer Pricing? I am working exclusively with this Top 10 firm who have a national strategy to grow the ...

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  • Transfer Pricing Senior Manager - Leeds

    £70000 - £80000 per annum + Car Allowance + Pension + Healthcare

    Transfer Pricing Senior Manager - Leeds Circa 80k + Car + Pension + Bonus A new and exclusive opportunity has just arisen for an experienced Transfer Pricing Senior Manager to join the market leader in Trans...

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  • International Tax Manager - Leeds

    £55000 - £65000 per annum + + Car + Excellent Pension + Bonus + Bens

    International Tax Manager - Leeds Up to £65,000 plus range of benefits and car allowance CTA qualified and looking for the next step up in a global firm? This international accountancy firm currently have an...

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  • Corporate Tax Senior Manager - Manche...

    £75000 - £85000 per annum + Top Level Benefits

    Corporate Tax Senior Manager - Manchester Big Growth Plan Pro-Tax Recruitment are working in partnership with a well-known national firm who are now seeking a Corporate Tax Senior Manager for their growing M...

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  • Corporate Tax Manager - Manchester

    £60000 - £65000 per annum + Car Allowance, Pension and Bonus

    Corporate Tax Manager - Manchester Advisory Focused Role Up to £65,000 Do you have what it takes to work for an award winning North West practice in a full time advisory role? This practice with a well estab...

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  • Private Client Tax Assistant Manager ...

    £45000 - £50000 per annum + Exclusive Benefits Package

    Personal Tax Assistant Manager Bristol (Flexible Working From Home) Up to £45,000 The leader in Personal Tax Consultancy has an exclusive new opening for a Personal Tax Assistant Manager to join their highly...

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  • Private Client Tax Associate Director...

    £75000 - £85000 per annum + + Car + Excellent Pension + Bonus + Bens

    Private Client Tax Associate Director- Bristol NEW OPENING Up to £85,000 Plus bonus plus pension The Private Client Associate Director will be entrusted to lead, inspire and grow the most successful private ...

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  • M&A Tax Assistant Manager - Glasgow

    £45000 - £55000 per annum + Exclusive Benefits Package

    Are you an M&A Tax professional or have a desire to join this fast paced area of tax? This team have doubled in size and are now looking to bring on board an M&A Tax Assistant Manager for their Glasgow team....

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  • Corporate Tax Manager - New Advisor f...

    £55000 - £65000 per annum + Top level benefits package

    Are you looking to work with one of the biggest names in international and UK tax consultancy and still retain a work life balance? Do you want to work one on one with a variety of interesting clients but do...

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  • Transfer Pricing Senior Manager - Edi...

    £70000 - £80000 per annum + + Car + Excellent Pension + Bonus + Bens

    Transfer Pricing Senior Manager - New Exclusive Opening Up to £85,000 plus car allowance and benefits This award winning firm are looking for an ambitious and driven leader to play a pivotal role in the awar...

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  • International Tax Senior Manager - Ed...

    £75000 - £85000 per annum + Exclusive Benefits Package

    International Tax Manager - Edinburgh (With home working) Competitive remuneration package Opportunity to progress to Director The best opportunity in international tax in Scotland is here!! I am working dir...

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  • International Tax Manager - Glasgow

    £55000 - £65000 per annum + Flexible working and Part Time Hours

    A brand new opportunity has arisen for a new International Tax Manager to join the Glasgow office of this top global organisation. With flexible and even part time hours available this is the opportunity for...

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  • Corporate Tax Senior Manager - FS - E...

    £75000 - £80000 per annum + + Car + Excellent Pension + Bonus + Bens

    Corporate Tax Senior Manager Edinburgh up to £80,000 FS Sector This exclusive new opening is working with the leading FS team for this Top 10 firm, and is offering a clear opportunity for significant develop...

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  • Corporate Tax Associate Director - Gl...

    £75000 - £85000 per annum + + Car + Excellent Pension + Bonus + Bens

    Corporate Tax Associate Director Up to £85,00 + Car Allowance + Bonus + Healthcare Glasgow - Option to work flexibly Are you looking for the best corporate tax career opportunities in Scotland? Pro-Tax are w...

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  • Corporate Tax Manager - Glasgow

    £55000 - £65000 per annum + Car Allowance + Pension + Healthcare

    Tax Manager - Up to 65k Broad Portfolio - Top Development Plan The Opportunity: Pro-Tax are working alongside one of the most influential Corporate Tax Partners for Scotland and is currently seeking a Corpor...

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  • Private Client Tax Assistant Manager ...

    £45000 - £50000 per annum + Top Benefits Package + Flexi Working

    Private Client Tax Assistant Manager - Up to 50k Basic Salary Bristol with ample working from home Our client an influential Top 20 accountancy firm have just announced the exclusive new opening for a Privat...

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  • Private Client Tax Advisory Manager -...

    £45000 - £55000 per annum + Top Benefits Package + Flexi Working

    Private Client Tax Advisory Manager - Up to 55k Basic Glasgow - Flexible working from home An exciting opportunity has arisen to join a well-established accountancy practice in Glasgow as a Private Client Ta...

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  • Personal Tax Assistant Manager - Bish...

    £45000 - £50000 per annum + Top Benefits Package

    Personal Tax Assistant Manager Bishops Stortford £45,000 - £50,000 + bonus + pension Reasons why you need to apply Complete flexibility offered where you can work as much as 3 days from home around hours to ...

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  • Personal Tax Assistant Manager - Bish...

    £45000 - £50000 per annum + Exclusive Benefits Package

    Personal Tax Assistant Manager - Bishops Stortford 45k plus Exclusive Benefits Qualified or Part Qualified Personal Tax Assistant Manager required for Mid-Tier Accountancy Firm in their Bishops Stortford Off...

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  • Personal Tax Senior - Bishops Stortford

    £30000 - £35000 per annum + Top Benefits Package

    Personal Tax Senior - CTA Study Support Bishops Stortford - Part Time/Full Time Hours Available The Bishops Stortford office of this Top 20 accountncy firm are undergoing a huge growth period through new cli...

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  • Personal Tax Senior - CTA Support

    £30000 - £35000 per annum + Exclusive Benefits Package

    Personal Tax Senior - CTA Study Support Norwich - Part Time/Full Time Hours Available The Norwich office of this Top 20 accountncy firm are undergoing a huge growth period through new client work being won a...

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  • Transfer Pricing Manager - Birmingham

    £60000 - £65000 per annum + Car Allowance + Pension + Healthcare

    Transfer Pricing Manager Birmingham Up to 65k Are you keen to join the Uk's centre of Transfer Pricing? I am working exclusively with this Top 10 firm who have a national strategy to grow the transfer pricin...

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  • Indirect Tax Senior Manager - Up to £...

    £70000 - £85000 per annum + + Car + Excellent Pension + Bonus + Bens

    Indirect Tax Senior Manager - Birmingham Up to £85,000 plus car allowance and benefits An outstanding opportunity has arisen for an experienced Indirect Tax specialist to join this Top firm in their Birmingh...

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  • Personal Tax Manager - Bristol

    £55000 - £60000 per annum + Top Benefits Package + Flexi Working

    Personal Tax Manager - Bristol Advisory Role Across Broad Portfolio Up to £60,000 Plus bonus plus car allowance Qualified Personal Tax Manager required for expanding leading firm! Pro-Tax Recruitment are wor...

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  • International Tax Senior Manager - Ma...

    £70000 - £85000 per annum + + Car + Excellent Pension + Bonus + Bens

    International Tax Senior Manager - Manchester The best opportunity in international tax is here!!I am working directly with the Head of International Tax for the North West who is currently seeking an Intern...

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What people say about Jennifer

Firstly, I would like to thank Jennifer for all her hard work. During my time working with her, I found her to be very dedicated and committed to finding me a suitable role. I decided to work with Jennifer due to her knowledge and connections within the tax marketplace...


We are very happy with Pro Tax and the service they provide. Candidates are often of the right calibre and Jennifer is very easy to deal with. If I have to go to an agent then she would be the first one that I would call.  


Jennifer is a pleasure to work, we worked together recently on a tax role in Henley and Jennifer from the outset asked all the right questions. She fully understood the brief and was able to provide us with selection of candidates relatively quickly...

 

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Companies Jennifer has worked with

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WMT is a boutique one office accountancy firm based in St Albans who service a huge range of clients throughout the Northern Home Counties and London.

PwC is the number one accountancy firm in the world employing over 21,000 people and 926 partners across 64 offices in the UK, Channel Islands, and the Middle East.

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jennifer's articles

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Is Your Long Commute Really Worth It?

Posted by Jennifer Nelson

Are you a Finance, Tax, Legal or HR professional commuting over two hours every day? According to the TUC, the service sector has seen the biggest increase in travel time over the last decade, with 130% more workers travelling for two or more hours a day than in 2004. Serious disruption at Paddington, a week of strikes on South Western Railway coupled with major signal failures has spelt misery for thousands this month. Leading many sector service professionals to question whether their commute is worth it? This blog will take a quick look at the pros and cons of making long commutes and what alternatives are out there. Money Let's be honest, money is the reason a lot of people commute to London. According to the office for national statistics, jobs in London topped the regional list for median earnings for full-time employees by place of work, at £713 per week. This is £124 more per week more than the next highest. Salary bands for jobs in London are often higher, but, there a few things you should consider. It is well known that rent and house prices in London are far higher than anywhere else in the UK. You get less for your money and pay a premium for the privilege. Whilst rent prices are often lower outside of the city you have to consider the cost of commuting into London. According to the BBC, a full-time worker on the median wage for London will spend an average of 11p in every £1 of their salary on an annual pass, after tax. Prices are set to rise by 3.2% next year too. While jobs in London are often a popular choice among professionals, it is worth looking at opportunities outside of London. For example, a Tax Director working for one of the Big 4 firms in London can earn anywhere from £110,000 to £200,000. If you compare that with one of the Big 4's regional offices, Tax Directors can command anywhere between £95,000 and £140,000. We recommend that you speak with a regional recruiter, whether it be Finance, Tax Legal or HR, you never know, there could be something a lot closer to home! Timing According to the government's transport statistics report, people working in London have the longest average commute. With the average rail commute taking 59 minutes compared with the average driving commute taking 30 minutes in the UK, how much of your time is lost getting to and from work? As the saying goes “Time is Money” and while there are many compelling arguments in favour of counting time spent commuting as work time, this has yet to come to fruition. Working locally gives you the flexibility to drive to work and cut down on the time spent in transit. That means more free time to spend with the family, exercising or even finishing off your CV. Again there are a few things that you need to consider about commuting via car. Firstly, do the local roads become carnage at 8 am and 6 pm? Also, will finding that elusive parking space add to your morning stress? Ref: Department of Transport. Transport Statistics Great Britain 2017 The commute to London isn’t straightforward either. House prices in commuter towns are still pretty high, even more so when they’re in walking distance of a rail station. If you’re not fortunate enough to live close to a station how will that impact your commute? Will you need to drive, get a lift or even take a bus? These all add time and money to your commute and a missed connection is the worst way to start a working day. When you do finally arrive in Central London, how far from the office are you? If you’re lucky you can walk or make use of one of the many cycle hire schemes the capital has. Otherwise is it another packed bus or tube ride? One upside of a long commute is the opportunity for a bit of personal time, you can make the most of your transit time in however you see best. According to a study conducted by Dr David Bissell of Australian National University participants said commuting time was the only time they got to themselves during the week, and so used it to dream, relax and meditate. Conclusion With everyone’s situation being different, there's no clear answer as to the best solution. Different routines work for different people, however, you can always make an informed decision if you know the facts. Essentially, it is a toss-up between time vs money. Does the money you earn at work justify the time you spend commuting? Gain an understanding of salary differences for jobs in London compared to where you live and then look at the financial impact that both options have on your life. Take into account commute options and you can start to build a picture of which option works best for you. Don’t forget to take into consideration flexible working options that may be available to you which could ease your commuting situation. There are clearly a few options here and depending on influences such as salary and expense, the following could work for you: Live regionally but work in London - rent is a lot cheaper and your salary will still be at a premium, although travel costs may be significant Live and work in London - save money on travel but use a lot of that top end salary on higher rent prices Live and work regionally - generally earn considerably less but benefit from cheaper housing prices. The problem is that with less public transport, comes the need to potentially own a car, another sizeable cost. Pro-Recruitment is a recruitment agency in London and our consultants specialise in Tax jobs, Finance jobs, Legal jobs and HR jobs. Our recruiters are able to offer expert advice on jobs in London and nationwide as well as CV advice. Contact us today on 02072696333 for a discussion on your next career move.

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How are office sweepstakes earnings taxed across the world?

Posted by Jennifer Nelson

With a summer loaded with sport fast approaching we have the football world cup to look forward to, our annual obsession with Wimbledon, the playoff final, the return of test match cricket and much much more! For the sports fans amongst us this can be an expensive time of year with office sweepstakes aplenty, only today we had our world cup sweepstake sent round by a particularly keen member of staff. So if you’re hoping to draw Andy Murray for Wimbledon or England for the world cup (surely this is our year….) it may be useful to see how sweepstake earnings are taxed across the world! - USA: In the US, sweepstake earnings have to be declared as supplementary income, if the prize is worth more than $5,000 (generous sweepstake) the sponsor has to withhold 25% of the prize for federal taxes! …. I can’t see the stakes being quite so high in my office - The UK is far more generous however, sweepstakes are deemed to pay all earnings in the form of a ‘prize’ so would not fall foul of any tax - Canada: Although bordering the USA, Canada are also far more relaxed, no fees or taxes are due on any sweepstake prize money - Sweden: By far the strictest, Sweden actually prohibits sweepstakes where they are considered as lotteries allowing only games of ‘skill’ - Italy: Take the prize for most compliance involved with all sweepstakes needing to be registered and bonded before carried out! To all of those waiting to make their draw best of luck! I’m secretly hoping I don’t pick England at ours! For more information about this article, or to speak to Jennifer about your recruiting needs or Tax jobs in London or Nationwide, contact her on 02072696346 or jennifer.nelson@pro-tax.co.uk.

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Job interview Disaster Stories

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You’ve secured the interview, researched the company and dusted off your slickest suit ready to impress, but have you planned your journey? With readily available apps and technology tools at our fingertips, we no longer need to go through the hassle of google mapping, printing a map or even doing a trial run prior to the big interview date. With that said so many of us are still failing to prepare! These are some of the most disastrous journeys to interviews our team have encountered: Fore! Back in the day when I was but a wide-eyed graduate eager to step into the 9-5 working world, I registered with a local agency who secured me my first ever interview for a notable financial services organisation in their Hampshire office. Leaving the house that morning in the slickest suit I could afford, a Filofax (I know right?!) and importantly the map the agency had supplied (this was way before smartphones!) I set out determined to impress with a spring in my step. 45 minutes into my journey I learnt I had made a grave mistake as the map had lead me through a wood complete with a bog-like marsh, finally leading me onto a golf course! I finally got to the interview 20 minutes late caked in mud with foliage in my hair. I didn’t get the job…. You Spin Me Round-Round My colleague once worked with a candidate who’d had a bad run of luck with interviews, however when an opportunity arose with a Top Accountancy Firm in their Leeds office he jumped at the chance and secured an interview instantly. Determined to put his best foot forward the candidate researched the firm and set out that morning confident his luck was set to change. However, he hadn’t quite anticipated the complexities of driving through a city centre and managed to drive around the roundabout nearest to the office 8 times before admitting defeat calling my colleague and sighing ‘I can see the office, but I just can’t get to it….’ Call the Doctor!! A candidate I represented recently secured an early morning interview with a boutique firm and keen to be on tip-top form ate his breakfast on the train journey there. Arriving on the dot he went straight through to meet the MD mentally rehearsing some of his most impressive prepared lines. Walking into the boardroom he went straight in to shake the MD’s hand only be met by a completely aghast bewildered expression on the MD’s face. After an awkward introduction, the candidate dived straight into the interview finally coming to the end of the hour confidently asking if the MD had any questions. ‘Well yes...’ replied the MD ‘Are you alright? Do you need any medical attention?’ In his haste of wolfing down his breakfast en-route, the candidate had managed to spill most of his red smoothie on his shirt which appeared as a huge spreading blood stain… I’m Just too Tyred Sometimes it just doesn’t matter how much you prepare yourself, disaster can creep up at any moment. One candidate who had his sights set on working for a particularly big name in finance and keen to explore options regionally, secured an interview within their Poole office. With the added plus that he could flexibly work from his home in Stratford (East London), it seemed to be the perfect role. The candidate set out early that summer morning with ample time to complete the 150-mile journey; petrol tank full and excited for his interview. Halfway through temperatures had risen to 33 degrees and perspiration was starting to become an issue. All of a sudden, he heard a loud bang to discover his tyre had exploded. An hour later waiting on the hard shoulder for the recovery services he was near to giving up and turning around. However, in the face of adversity, his tenacity and determination to make it to the interview saw him continue his journey, eventually getting there 45 minutes late. Following a very flustered and unsettled interview, it was enough to put the candidate off the role, and perhaps going to Poole too soon again. It just goes to show fail to prepare and you really can prepare to fail. For more tips on how to put your best foot forward at any level interview please take a look at some of our other articles here. Best of Luck!!

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Christmas Tax Facts and Trivia to Raise a Seasonal Smile

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Are you a Tax Manager, Tax Director or tax professional? Do you think you know all there is to know about tax? Well, with Christmas around the corner and the festive party season underway, what could be more appropriate than Christmas tax trivia and facts? Who knows, it may even be a topic of conversation around your Christmas dinner table this year… Let the Trivia begin! Christmas shop: · The average home will splash out £809.97 at Christmas; on food and drink, travel, decorations and presents, with the latter accounting for 58.5% of the budget. · Tax accounts for more than half of the total cost of the average family’s Christmas alcohol shop, a study by the wine and spirits industry has found. While alcohol duties are typically higher per head in Finland, Ireland and Germany, British consumers pay more alcohol tax than the citizens of most other European Union member states. Decorations: · The cost of decorating your office is tax deductible as running costs of the office. Candle Taxes: · From 1709 to 1831 Great Britain had a candle tax and forbade people to make their own candles without a licence. This tax condemned generations to rushlights (candles made from dipping rushes in animal fat) or darkness, not just at Christmas but throughout the year. You could light both ends at once but rush lights burnt quickly - hence the term ‘burning the candle at both ends’. The unpopular tax helped to ensure that the means of candle production was controlled. Snowballs: · A VAT tribunal found that a Snowball (the marshmallow variety you eat) is, in fact, a cake, so just like Jaffa cakes, Snowballs are zero-rated for VAT. The Christmas day service: · 13% of families in the UK always attend church on Christmas Day, a number of countries in Europe have a church tax including Austria, Iceland and Germany Christmas turkeys: · 10 million – The number of Turkeys cooked in the UK every Christmas. It is often traditional for some employers to provide their employees with a small gift of a Christmas turkey, a bottle of wine or box of chocolates. The tax rules are that if employees earn at the rate of £8,500 per annum their benefits must, therefore, be declared on form P11D and they are taxed at the cost to their employer. Christmas Day tax filing: · While millions of people are exchanging presents, feasting on turkey, and nodding off in front of the television, 1,600 people are expected to take time out from the yuletide festivities and do their tax return online. Hopefully, this stockingful of tax facts and trivia have been of interest and that you enjoy the festive season to come! For more information about this article, or to speak to Jennifer about your recruiting needs or Tax jobs in London or Nationwide, contact her on jennifer.nelson@pro-tax.co.uk

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HMRC Office Closures – Is this good news for a short tax candidate market?

Posted by Jennifer Nelson

Unless you’ve been living on Mars for the last two years you will be aware there have been and will continue to be some big upheavals within HMRC UK wide. In 2015 it was announced that 170 offices will be consolidated to just 13 ‘city-based hubs’ by 2020 leaving their employees the option to either relocate to the nearest hub or start looking elsewhere in the local market. The decision by HMRC has been met with criticism by the influential House of Commons PAC (Public Accounts Committee ) whose worry is that “We do not believe that it will save as much money as HMRC has predicted and we are concerned that it has not thought through all the negative costs to the wider economy of its approach and the impact on local employment.” The recent 2017 closure of the Derby office has been described as a ‘catastrophe’ and have left many facing the prospect of an arduous commute not to mention a massive blow economically for Derby as another public service is cut. With the recent closures of the Inverness and Aberdeen offices, the Regional Tax Team here at Pro-Tax have been inundated with CVs from HMRC employees eagerly enquiring on roles in both locations. When approaching our network of Partners in these areas the response we’ve received is ‘we’re recruiting but how can their experience translate?!’ So what does this mean for those who have been affected by the office closures and what is the general view of HMRC employees making the transition to practice or industry? Looking back over the last 20 years the archetypal ‘perfect tax candidate’ has changed dramatically to what they look like now. The majority of well-respected Tax Partners across the UK traditionally trained within the revenue, whereas now it would be almost unthinkable for an aspiring tax graduate to not apply to a Big 4 or Top 10 and evolve their careers from there. Some of the most common objections to looking at people from a HMRC background tend to be ‘are they just on a helpline?’ ‘do they understand technical tax?’ ‘How will they actually make the transition into a practice environment?’ Given that there are so many avenues to explore career wise within HMRC compared to 20 years ago, the skillsets now on offer from HMRC employees are staggering. A candidate I recently placed from HMRC to a Big 4 was only four years into his career within the revenue when he approached the midlands market and eventually had three job offers from the Big 4 and Top 10 eventually accepting a Big 4 offer with a 10k increase. Earlier this year a candidate in the North West who had trained at HMRC and had just over 10 years’ experience working with International and UK FTSE listed companies, dipped his toe in the water to see what the market was looking like and was swiftly approached by six of the Top 10 and three of the Big 4 in Manchester. Whilst in some practice minds there is an inferiority complex regarding HMRC trained employees, the response from a lot of the UK Tax Partners we work with has been wholly positive. Many of the Partners we work with encourage the ‘exposure to large and multinational clients HMRC trained employees can bring’ or that it is of huge benefit to have someone on board that has experience from the ‘other side of the fence and gets how we work as they have already liaised with us and our clients!’ In a lot of cases, it has simply been down to the quality of training within the revenue and the exposure to such a wide plethora of clients and high-quality work that in a lot of practices is simply unavailable. With the tax recruitment market still heavily reliant on candidate activity with many Tax Partners having to tweak their requirements to fulfill the true aspects of the role, does this mean a bigger shift in the amount of practices taking on HMRC employees? What do you think?

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