It was pleasing to see that accountancy firms are currently the largest graduate recruiters according to market research company High Fliers Research. Although Crunch is not a traditional accountancy practice (it’s actually more than that: a hybrid of online accounting software and human expertise), we do employ expert accountants alongside web developers and account managers, so we’re fully aware of just how important a role accountants play in helping the small business community meet their filing and tax-paying responsibilities.

Despite the recent revelation that the economy suffered a dip in the last quarter, the jobs market revealed good news generally for the class of 2011. The UK’s leading employers are expecting to increase their graduate recruitment by 9.4% in 2011, this follows a rise of 12.6% during 2010. The dark days of 2009 and 2008 both saw a fall in graduate recruitment.

Other positive findings reveal:

* Three-fifths of employers expect to recruit more graduates in 2011 whilst a quarter plan to maintain their intake at 2010 levels.

* The leading accountancy & professional services firms are intending to hire almost 10% more graduates than in 2010, an increase of more than 350 trainees year-on-year.

Crunch itself is aiming to to become a major employer on the south coast with a growing team of accountants who will continue to offer the same high level of one-to-one assistance to our growing customer base. However, it’s one thing creating the opportunities for graduates and accountants looking for work, but how about ensuring they remain happy and content in the job?

Is accountancy a happy profession?

Separate research from Badenoch & Clark reveals how the finance profession, including accountants, is home to the highest numbers of crestfallen workers (along with the law profession). Indeed, there have previously been reports of how some accountants struggle to handle the stress and strain of what is a high pressure job. Our Crunch accountants and account managers are currently filing self-assessment returns on behalf of our customers as the deadline looms, but with the help of our online system they have yet to pick up a stress ball, let alone squeeze one. Nonetheless it’s easy to see how problems arise.

However, unhappiness in the workplace is not exclusive of just one or two industries…

Badenoch & Clark reveal that workers as a whole have experienced a dip in happiness over the past year, probably as a result of widespread pay freezes, the threat of redundancy and longer working hours. It’s probably a good time to be a self-employed person with the power to decide your own fate and work in the way most suited to you! If you have employees then it may be a good idea to ensure they’re happy in their work and have some prospect of developing their skills within the workplace.