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Jennifer Nelson

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Jennifer Nelson

Head of Regional Tax

I recruit professionals at all levels of seniority in all tax disciplines into a plethora of accountancy practices outside the M25. I assist in leading a team of consultants who also specialise in practice recruitment outside of London. 

Over the last 3.5 years at Pro-Recruitment I have built and established key relationships with the most senior heads of tax in the most prolific of accountancy practices across the UK. My client reach extends from the Big 4 to regional boutique firms and I regularly liaise with key decision makers and internal recruitment groups.

I have always worked within financial services having started my career within insurance managing the health insurance accounts for FTSE 100 organisations. 6 years ago I made the leap into the world of recruitment and have successfully built the tax teams for many global accountancy practices.

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, 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 - Bury St Edmunds

    £50000 - £60000 per annum + Excellent Pension + Bonus + Benefits

    Corporate Tax Manager Bury St Edmunds - Flexible Working Guaranteed Are you looking for the next step up in your career without having to sacrifice your work life balance and overall quality of life? Pro-Tax...

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  • Private Client Tax Manager - Southampton

    £50000 - £60000 per annum + + Car + Excellent Pension + Bonus + Bens

    Private Client Tax Manager Southampton - Flexibility to work from home Highly competitive Salary Package The Firm: Pro-Tax Recruitment are working exclusively with this highly respected leader in private cli...

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  • Private Client Tax Assistant Manager ...

    £40000 - £45000 per annum + Excellent Pension + Bonus + Benefits

    Private Client Tax Assistant Manager Chester - Flexibility to work from home Highly competitive Salary Package The Firm: This newly released highly attractive private client tax role sits in the most profita...

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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.

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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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Job interview Disaster Stories

Posted by Jennifer Nelson

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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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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