Top 10 accountancy firm Azets has announced plans to increase its staff numbers in Scotland by 50% as part of their ‘growth drive’ over the next five years
The five-year plan unveiled by Azets will see the firm create at least 250 new jobs at all levels across Scotland by 2026. The firm has grown rapidly already over the last few years and now employs around 500 partners and staff in Scotland.
The move is projected to increase turnover to more than £60m and as part of the 50% growth drive, Azets is making a multimillion-pound investment in a fully digitised, mobile-enabled hybrid working environment.
The firm plans to upgrade its network of eight offices across Scotland and has introduced ‘the office investment programme’ which includes new offices on Albyn Place in Aberdeen and The Reel House in Glasgow, a former Art Deco Odeon cinema on Regent Street. Azets has invested in the latest infrastructure and systems to support its transition to a ‘Work from Anywhere’ (WFA) format as staff will now be encouraged to work wherever they want to.
Greig McKnight, regional managing partner, Glasgow office said: ‘For too long career ambitions in professional services have been thwarted by the lack of opportunities within the local area. If an opportunity arises at the other end of the country, and it is right for the individual, Azets will provide them with the support needed to secure that position. Our business has a long tradition of recruiting and developing school leavers and graduates. We want to ensure our staff can pursue their careers within the business and are supported in their ambitions.
‘Our investment and growth plan is heavily weighted towards organic growth, but we are also looking at further acquisitions, in particular niche firms that could bring an expertise or specialisation that will add value to our extensive public and private sector client base.’
Azets’ existing offices will also receive a multimillion pound investment including a 25,000 square foot office in Braehead where the new flexible working environment will be introduced. The Edinburgh and Perth offices are also scheduled for remodelling to ensure all offices are fully integrated with the ‘WFA’ working culture and can provide the staff and clients with agile and flexible working spaces.
Peter Gallanagh, CEO for Scotland and the north said: ‘Office life is changing rapidly and forever, as is the support needed by our clients. Our new offices will provide our staff with the space they need to deliver outstanding client service and where our clients can engage with our staff in the most efficient manner possible.
‘Digitisation is key to our investment strategy as clients want top quality advice and rapid access to information at any given time, and staff want the flexibility and freedom to integrate work with their other commitments. Azets is responding by investing in the best ‘WFA’ infrastructure available.
‘An internal communications drive has also been launched to promote internal mobility, support staff with their career ambitions and ensure they can access the best opportunities at every level, wherever they may be.’