Relocating to the Channel Islands – A Candidate’s Experience

Making any career move is an important decision, one that is only intensified by the possibility of relocation.

We have reached out to a number of the individuals that we have assisted over the years who have successfully made a career move overseas.

We spoke to Hugh who we assisted make a move from the Caribbean to a Top 10 Accountancy Practice in the Channel Islands.


Position before moving: Insolvency Assistant Manager 

Company before moving: Specialist Insolvency Firm

Location to and from: Moved from the Caribbean to the Channel Islands

Experience Background: ACA Qualified Accountant with over 3 1/2 years of insolvency experience in Ireland and the Caribbean.

Role Secured: Insolvency Manager with a Top 10 Accountancy Practice    

  • Why did you first consider making a move overseas? I had previously worked in the Caribbean, following which I moved to the Channel Islands. Due to the nature of the work I had previously specialised in the move made sense. I had heard nothing but good things about the Channel Islands. The location allows me to continue specialising in offshore work whilst being slightly closer to home.
  • What locations were you interested in and why? I was initially offered a job in Hong Kong, again this was due to the nature of the work. I was also interested in the Channel Islands for the same reason.
  • What were your personal circumstances at the time of the move – single/married/homeowner. I was single.
  • How did you find out about opportunities and start to apply for roles? I had heard Levitate Recruitment were the best at what they do in sourcing tailor-made roles for applicants. Therefore I reached out to Scott at Levitate Recruitment and discovered a number of options that suited my requirements.
  • What useful information was provided to you by the recruiter? I was provided with a number of differing options that allowed me to have a better understanding of the variance in roles within the jurisdiction. Levitate Recruitment also provided me with a market overview in the Channel Islands, enabling me to form a more definitive opinion on my choice alongside managing expectations regarding salary and position.
  • How did the interview process work? Due to being in the Caribbean the interview process was all done over Skype.
  • How long did it take to secure a Visa or work permit and what was required from you? The process was very quick, my new firm did the majority of the leg work prior to my arrival. It took no longer than two months.
  • Please can you walk us through your first 3 months in the new location/job and how you managed to settle into your new life? Due to how busy my firm is at the moment I have had to hit the ground running, this suited me perfectly as I prefer to jump straight in. I had moved previously to the Caribbean so was prepared for the period of upset and readjustment. The key piece of advice I can give to anyone who is considering a move is to say yes to all social events when you arrive in a new jurisdiction.
  • How do you feel it benefitted your personal development? I feel that it has benefited me greatly, it widens your social circle whilst also motivating you to push yourself beyond your comfort zone constantly. The juice was very much worth the squeeze.
  • How do you feel an international move benefitted you professionally? I can safely say moving abroad has benefitted my career hugely, I have been exposed to a huge array of cases that would never have been possible had I stayed in the UK or in an onshore jurisdiction.
  • How long was the process from you speaking with Levitate to you actually making the move? Levitate were fantastic at pushing matters forward for me, I initially reached out in March and made the move in June.
  • What value do you think working with Levitate had for you securing an opportunity overseas? Levitate are renowned for their professionalism and expertise in the offshore market, therefore they had access and points of contact in the larger firms that would not have been possible otherwise with other recruiters.
  • What was the hardest part of making an international move? The hardest part is always moving away from a pre-existing friend group and comfort in a current role. However, once you start thinking about making such a move internationally the positives always outweigh the negatives.
  • What advice would you offer someone thinking of making a move overseas? Consider why you truly want to make the move, it should not just be for something different, it should tick the boxes personally and professionally. I am incredibly pedantic, so I make lists. Make a list of the positives and the negatives of moving and this will answer the question for you.

There is currently a soaring global demand for qualified accountants and insolvency professionals. With our extensive network of relationships with large international accounting firms and insolvency specialists, Levitate Recruitment are well-versed in placing talented professionals in overseas roles.

If you are interested in making your career a journey and are considering a move overseas, do not hesitate to contact us.

Relocate Down Under?

Have you ever considered relocating down under? We are working with a number of Australian clients that can offer excellent opportunities for UK trained accountants and corporate finance professionals to move to Australia across all of the major cities to include:

  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Adelaide
  • Perth
  • Brisbane
  • Canberra

Benefits of Living & Working in Australia

  • Often voted as the happiest country to Live
  • The number 1 destination for UK migrants for the last 20 years (Office of National Statistics)
  • Politically safe with a government that does not get too tied up in other countries policies
  • A higher standard of Living – Over 90% happy with the housing
  • Higher salary packages with good benefits
  • Provides a better work-life balance
  • The warm climate provides an amazing outdoor lifestyle
  • English speaking so easier to communicate and meet new people.
  • Higher salaries for shorter days
  • Great for families offering plenty to do with children and an excellent schooling system
  • A generally strong economy with a wealth of natural resources
  • Diverse culture with cosmopolitan cities.
  • Living in Australia offers one of the healthiest and happiest lifestyles in the world, with an extremely welcoming and laid-back population, and an average day that revolves around being outside and quite often down at the beach.
  • Some of the nicest beaches and clearest waters in the world – Nearly 80% of the population live within 50 km of the coast, so you can be sure to find yourself within easy reach.
  • The working days are not as long allowing a better work-life balance and Australia also boasts twice as many sunny days as the UK which is sure to bring a smile to your face when moving there to progress your career.
  • Australia has topped the charts on many occasions for the best country to live in (Read here) and many of its cities rank in the top 10 for the most desirable cities to live in.
  • People that we have previously placed have reported that they find themselves a lot more relaxed after making the move Down Under, saying they can approach life in Australia in a much calmer frame of mind than they used to.

The Process

The process of securing a role in Australia and making the move is similar regardless of your accountancy specialism but there are specific times during the year that firms will recruit for Audit professionals so that they are there for the busy audit season. The majority of firms will begin a recruitment drive in March of each year so it is worthwhile speaking to a specialist Levitate consultant at this time. For Insolvency professionals and other accountancy specialisms, there are no specific dates that firms will recruit and demand is often driven by market conditions.

  • Interviews will typically take place over the Telephone or via Video call.
  • Offer packages will typically include the cost of your flights and Visa.
  • The majority of firms will also provide accommodation for the first 2-4 weeks.
  • From interview to start date typically takes around 3 months but this can be quicker.

How can you make this happen?

The first step is to contact one of our specialist International consultants who can walk you through the process in further detail. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and once we have a good understanding of your experience and motivations, we can begin to work to the time scales you have set to make this dream move a reality.

We will also take time to assist you in writing your CV to appeal to the hiring managers in Australia and once an interview is requested they will walk you through a tailored interview coaching session so that you can demonstrate your experience and strengths effectively.

If this sounds like something you would like to explore then we would love the opportunity to speak with you.