Live the Dream in 2021/2022- Relocate to the Caribbean

Location:   Caribbean & Bermuda

Salary:       £40,000 – £50,000 Low Tax – + benefits package + relocation package + excellent social events

Islands:     Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos & Bermuda

Due to internal promotions and the completion of secondment contracts, Big 4 and Top 10 firms across the Caribbean are seeking high calibre, Audit Seniors.  As the roles are in high demand places are secured early in the year; companies are currently conducting telephone interviews with qualified and soon to be qualified accountants. Opportunities in these locations offer individuals the chance to enhance their career and life experiences.

You will join as an audit senior and work under the guidance of experienced managers. You will be involved in all aspects of the engagement from planning, fieldwork and completion. For those making the transition from conventional Audit to Financial Services, comprehensive training is provided.

Key aspects of these roles; 

  • Very Low or Tax-Free salaries.
  • Client sectors will include;
    • Banks
    • Mutual Funds
    • Hedge Funds
    • Insurance
    • Reinsurance
    • Structured Investment Vehicles
  • Client’s revenues range anywhere from $100 million up to $5 billion.
  • Working in teams ranging from 3 to 20 people.
  • Upon completion of your training, you will take on responsibility for a team of 4.
  • After your first 12 months, you will be assigned a new starter to take under your wing to mentor and ease into work and island life.
  • There are opportunities for secondments, including;
  • Secondments to New York
  • Secondments to Banks, Insurance Companies and Hedge Fund Management companies.
  • Contracts are typically 18 months/2 years however Managers are always required so those wishing to stay longer are more than welcome.
  • A number of firms promote a more casual ‘office based’ dress code than you would typically find elsewhere.

The annual intake of qualified professionals across the islands brings together a diverse range of cultures from around the world. The islands also boast an extremely buoyant tourist industry which adds further diversity and vibrancy to the islands. The tourism industry attracts considerable government investment in the islands’ infrastructure making the quality of life there extremely high.

Due to the nature of the clients in the Caribbean and Bermuda, these roles provide the benefits of gaining first-hand and valuable insight into the financial services industry whilst having the support network of an International firm.

A career move to one of these destinations will provide you with an excellent work-life balance ensuring you have time to enjoy the warm climate and relaxed lifestyle.  They are proud of their beautiful white sandy beaches, lush rainforests and diverse marine life. There is something for everyone here; be it snorkelling, sunbathing, sipping cocktails in stunning locations or sampling the unique and mouth-watering cuisine. The firms all actively organise and promote internal and external social events to ensure that their staff integrate and settle well into island life.

Requirements:

  • ACA/ACCA/CPA/CA qualified or soon to be qualified.
  • Due to strict visa/work permit criteria our clients can only consider applications from the UK, Ireland, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa.
  • Top 20 accountancy firm background ideally required.

For further information, please contact Scott Lowes at the Levitate Recruitment offices.

 

 

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.

‘Hidden’ Job Opportunities

Not seeing a job advert that matches your career aspirations?

The accountancy and insolvency job markets are as busy as they have ever been. Just because you can’t see a job description that ticks all your career aspirational boxes doesn’t mean that opportunity is not out there.

For one; job descriptions can be typically generic in nature and are often reused by firms over several years to advertise a set job title. Most of the time the person the firm hires is not the one that best matched the job description. A firm will take the best person for their business and can mould the role around that individual.

In a market where Accountancy and Insolvency professionals are in high demand, firms are scrambling to attract the best in the industry by defining job roles around the best candidates in the market.

Secondly, a large percentage of job opportunities are not actively advertised.

Some firms may not advertise themselves and only reach out to specialist recruiters about their current and future requirements to ensure they can review relevant/suitable applicants as opposed to wasting time sifting through the hundreds of irreverent ones that an advert attracts.

Additionally, Specialist Recruitment Companies (such as Levitate Recruitment) maintain regular contact with Partners and Hiring Managers across a range of firms. Within the Accountancy and Insolvency market we are; kept informed of the type of professionals they would be interested in speaking with even if they don’t have an active need and we are advised of future growth plans/timeframes and what their staffing requirements will be. Another reason some businesses will sometimes not have an active advert in the market is that they want to keep the role from being public knowledge to avoid internal issues.

At Levitate Recruitment, c.70% of the people we have assisted secure a new job each year have joined a firm that didn’t have an active job advert in the public domain.

Knowing about these hidden/un-advertised jobs gives you a significant advantage in securing your next career move as you will be one of the first to know about it, resulting in less competition for the role.

Levitate Recruitment are a specialist recruiter within the Accountancy Practice and Insolvency market. If you would like to have a confidential conversation to discuss the type of opportunities that you would be interested in hearing about either now or in the future, then please let us know.

We understand that you may not be actively considering your career options at this time, however, we would still be interested in speaking with you even if you don’t feel you would be looking for a move in the next 18 months. This would enable us to keep you aware of any opportunities in the interim that met your aspirations.

For advice about your career options, speak to Scott Lowes at Levitate Recruitment, specialists in placing practice-trained accountants and insolvency professionals across the UK, and find the right role to suit your ambitions.

 


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