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Matthew Champkin

Principal Consultant | Tax | Practice

Matt has over 15 years of Tax recruitment expertise and works with candidates from NQ to Partner.

He has worked for leading tax and finance recruitment agencies, plus he also enjoyed a stint as Head of Recruitment for a Top 20 accounting firm.

Matt understands that, in addition to active job seekers, his role is to keep in regular contacts with tax professionals who may recruit or seek new roles in future, so he is prepared to take the long term approach, rather than try to "push" people to inappropriate roles.

Outside of work, Matt coaches junior football in Kent, plus he retains a long-standing School Governor role in London as well as volunteering with Samaritans. He was not, despite the rumours, ever the Milky Bar Kid in the 1980s.

matthew's latest roles

  • Personal Tax Manager - Leeds

    £50000 - £60000 per annum

    Our client is a market leading Personal Tax/Private Client Tax team, specialising across the great range of clients the Greater Leeds market has to offer, from tech and other entrepreneurs through Partners i...

  • VAT Senior Manager - London

    £70000 - £75000 per annum

    Our client is seeking a new Senior Manager to assume relationship and team management duties in relation to some of their key corporate clients. This is a replacement role, meaning there is a portfolio ready...

  • Corporate Tax Senior Manager - Kent

    £65000 - £75000 per annum

    Our client has a successful Corporate Tax team in London and they are seeking to boost their Kent Corporate Tax team in order to service more of the top quality work from this office and provide increased op...

  • OMB Tax Advisory Senior Manager

    £70000 - £85000 per annum

    We should all strive for a role where we continue to learn, even if that is not so much technical knowledge (as you will already be a very experienced Tax professional) as learning how to elevate your client...

  • Transfer Pricing Senior Manager

    £78000 - £102000 per annum

    Our client has the largest Transfer Pricing group globally. Integral to this is their UK firm's TP team, which provides experts for clients across the country. You can join this team in a crucial client rela...

  • Corporate Tax Compliance Supervisor ...

    £40000 - £50000 per annum

    This role will suit someone who needs/benefits from remote working due to their location or personal circumstances, but who still wants to progress in their career and work with top clients at a top firm. Yo...


What people say about Matthew

Matthew is a straight talking recruitment manager and I someone I hope to work with again in the future. 


Companies Matthew has worked with

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matthew's articles


The Best Tax Recruitment Team in the Market

Posted by Matthew Champkin

In June, I joined the Practice team at Pro-Tax and it is a move that has so far exceeded my expectations. This is the biggest and best Tax recruitment team in the market and I’m confident I am now in the best position to help Tax professionals to realise their career ambitions.   I’ve been in Tax recruitment for over 15 years, so I have known Alison Humphries the MD and Kevin Racher, who leads the Tax recruitment team at Pro for many years and I knew how successful the team has been in the past. The reason I wanted to join was the market is booming and, from a position working on my own, I was conscious that I could not move at the right pace and speak to enough clients or candidates to deliver the best service. I was hoping to find a good team with a decent database and processes, but I didn’t find that. I’ve found the BEST team I have ever worked with, with the tightest processes, superb technology, most open communication and a really dynamic, positive work environment (inside and outside of the office). I’m extremely confident to write this article, to advise anyone who is open to a career-improving move, from Part Qualified to Partner, to speak with Pro-Tax, because I am positive, we can help you. Every company on the planet is keen to tell you they are people-focused and caring and recruiters are no different. To be frank, what most people care more about when they look for a Tax Recruiter is "can they actually find you a better job", I would rate the following attributes as important and we tick all the boxes: Professionalism – We have the best training and technology available, and we handle your personal information with care. Market Coverage – We have the largest Tax Practice Team with a combined 75+ years of experience in the market, as well as working with firms of all sizes and profiles, so there will be the perfect match for you. Geographical Reach – Our team has members focused on regional opportunities, not just London. Tax Knowledge – We understand your CV and the current/future trends in the UK and International Taxation, so we can help you build your experience in the right way to push you to the top of a client’s shortlist in future. Active Listening – We know that the current roles available may not be right for you, so we will take the time to listen to your plans and target opportunities and firms that will really work for you. If you are thinking about your career right now, please get in touch with me or any of the team. You can book a call in my diary here, call me on 07816 529 364 or contact any of my colleagues below: Top 10 and Big 4: Ashleigh Polakiewicz | Maisie Horrell | Rebecca English | Kevin Racher ​Boutique firms: Dominic Watt Regional Opportunities Jennifer Nelson Partner Opportunities: Ben Hall - Prosero Search


Tax Practice vs. Industry: The Big Debate

Posted by Matthew Champkin

As a tax professional, you will inevitably come up against the decision of whether to build a career in practice or to move into an industry role. Both have their pros and cons, and your decision will ultimately come down to what type of person you are, what is important to you in your career, and your long-term goals. Making this decision can often be difficult as roles in practice and industry both have a lot to offer, but our specialist tax recruiters have put together key advice to help you make an informed decision! ​ Type of Work The type of work can differ quite significantly between tax roles in practice and in commercial business’ and the type of work your role will entail will depend on the company. In practice you are likely to specialise in one specific area, whether this is corporate tax, investigations, personal tax or VAT etc. A positive of this is you become a real deep tax specialist and have the ability to work on a variety of clients, often in varying sectors. On the other hand, working in-house allows you to fully immerse yourself in one business and look at the company in its entirety. You will be working in a more commercial role and get closer to the business and see how different departments interact, such as legal, sales, finance and tax, and in this way, an in-house tax position can perhaps offer a broader role. Another point to consider is whether you are looking for a role that is highly client-facing. If this is the case and client interactions are something you enjoy, a role in practice is likely to suit you. However, with this also comes client pressures. Timesheets and billings are a necessary part of a tax role in practice and is one of the biggest reasons why people choose to move in-house. Due to the nature of an in-house role, it is rare that you will have timesheets or financial targets, and typically you will have more autonomy over your work, with your working environment often more relaxed due to the absence of client pressures.  Lastly, if you are looking to be involved with the business development side of the firm you work for, you are best to seek a role within practice as opposed to in-house. Business development is a big part of working in a tax practice role, especially as you move up the food chain, as you will focus on building and maintaining client relationships while with an in-house role, you will instead focus on raising the profile of the tax team within the wider organisation.   Salary & Benefits When it comes to benefits, a role in a well-established practice with defined risk & reward teams will see you receive a healthy remuneration and benefits package. Working for a commercial business, whether this is a FTSE 100, US-listed or Fortune 500 business, you will receive not only a good remuneration package but also additional benefits including flexible working and commercial discounts. Differences in salary between in-house and tax practice roles depends on the level you reach within your company. Initially, although you may be willing to take a pay drop to move in-house there is often no need to, as a move in-house typically comes with a 10-20% pay increase and a premium. As a general rule, you will always be better paid within industry up until a certain point, which is when it comes to Partner vs. Head of Tax. Working in practice as a Partner will always outstrip the earnings of a Head of Tax in a commercial business, although of course there are always exceptions to the rule. Therefore, when considering which path to take it is important to consider your long term career goals and whether your ambition is to end up as a Partner or Head of Tax.   Working Hours Working hours tend to be better with in-house tax roles as opposed to in practice. There are usually smaller teams with a collaborative working pattern as opposed to the larger structured teams you often find in practice. Additionally, client responsibilities with a role in practice mean you need to be on call and meet clients, whereas in-house roles can offer better flexibility and opportunities to work from home, as well as regular working hours and less late nights, allowing for a better work-life balance. Although this is typically the case there are, of course, some exceptions and more large tax practices are now understanding the value a healthy work-life balance adds to employee effectiveness and happiness, and are making inroads to improve this.   Progression Prospects Working in-house gives you the opportunity to move around the business, both across and upwards. You will work in a smaller team which gives you more responsibility in your role which will only broaden your prospects in the future, and there can be good opportunities for progression as in-house teams tend to have less of a rigid structure than tax teams in a large practice. However, in some circumstances it can be difficult to move upwards - ultimately, it depends on the company. While some large commercial companies, like those in the oil or automotive industry, have huge tax teams with structure and great progression opportunities, other companies have very small or even one-person tax teams. While this gives you more autonomy in your role, the opportunity to work closely with the Head of Tax or Director and exposure to different services lines within the company, this can also limit your opportunity to progress within the company itself. On the flip side, working in tax practice typically offers a clear and structured progression route. You will be in a position where if you hit business development and financial targets and pass your qualifications, you will move up the chain. Whilst an in-house role could potentially be a stand-alone position with limited resources to call upon, in practice, you are surrounded by technical expertise and talent. You will be working at the forefront of changes in legislation and therefore a role in practice provides you with excellent learning opportunities, as well as good progression prospects.   Ease of Finding a New Opportunity It is relatively easy to move from practice to an in-house role, particularly if you are newly qualified and coming from one of the Big 4 or Top 10 as you will be highly sought after. Once you have in-house experience, you will find other doors open for you to take a step-up role in another commercial business, as some positions will require relevant experience. One of the main benefits of working in-house is the opportunity to work for a household brand or in an industry you’re interested in, whether this is retail, media, construction, automotive or telecoms, to name a few.  Once you have chosen to move into a commercial business, it can be difficult to move back into practice. The longer you spend away from practice the harder it becomes, as you may find you lose the client-handling skills essential for practice. Therefore, it is important to be sure where you want to end up before making the move in-house and consider the wide range of career opportunities available to you within practice.   Ultimately, your decision will come down to what type of work suits you and what you want from your career as a tax professional. If you are looking for a role within a company whose brand and household name excites you, and where you will have a broad, autonomous role and opportunities for flexible working, then a role in industry may suit you. On the other hand, if you are looking for a client facing role that sees you working on business development and at the forefront of changes in legislation, with clearly defined learning and progression opportunities, you should pursue a tax role in practice.