‘Priceless’ Royal accountancy role up for grabs

The year has opened with a spike in demand for accountants, and top of the list is the Royal Household where the Queen is advertising for a management accountant 

The permanent position, located in Buckingham Palace, comes with a salary of around £40,000 and is an opportunity, in the words of the job advert, for ‘forecasting the figures whilst surrounded by a priceless past’.

Candidates for the job, who need previous experience in accounting and auditing and a CCAB qualification, will be taking on ‘a role of unique variety’ while joining a’ diverse and experienced financial team’ with a ‘business partnering approach’.

The successful applicant will produce management information and financial accounts for the official and private finances of a number of entities and account holders including both retail and charitable bodies.

The advert promises ‘no two days will be the same and the deadlines we work to will stretch you. Yet in all that you do, you’ll rise to the challenge and deliver faultless accuracy and a first class service to this unique organisation’.

As well as familiarity with Open Accounts and Excel, to be successful a candidate will need to demonstrate they are ‘as good with people as you are with numbers, which is crucial given the customer focused nature of this role’.

Applications for the position close on 25 February.

The search for an accountant for a post at the top of the realm reflects the general need for accounting skills across the UK. 

According to the Report on Jobs, published by KPMG and the REC, there was sharp increase in demand for permanent workers in accounting and finance roles in January.

The seasonally adjusted permanent vacancies index for accounting and financial roles rose to an 11-month high of 56.7 in January, up from 52.5 in December. As a result, the sector moved to the top of the job category rankings, ahead of engineering.

There was also a much quicker rise in temporary staff demand during January. The respective seasonally adjusted index climbed to 54.1, from 50.9 in December, to indicate a solid upturn in temp vacancies that was broadly in line with the series trend. The sector also outpaced the national average (53.1) and placed joint-third in the job category rankings.

Karim Haji, head of financial services, KPMG UK, said: ‘It’s clear that on the jobs front, financial services continues to serve the UK well outpacing the national average for both permanent and temporary vacancies.

‘Like the sector as a whole, finance functions are undergoing rapid change as new technologies change the way they operate. The UK’s most profitable firms expect between 21% and 50% of the finance workforce to be significantly impacted by automation in the next two years.

‘That doesn’t mean it will lose half of its workers, only that those jobs will become more analytical and dare I say, interesting, as a lot of the manual labour is automated.’

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