The county of Essex lies North East of London next to the estuary of the River Thames and borders Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Kent and Hertfordshire. It has a population of nearly two million people, having risen by over 6% in the last twelve years.
Essex is rather agricultural in the North of the county, but towards the South, industry takes the form of pharmaceuticals and electronics in Harlow, and gradually spreading eastwards becomes more corporate, with the European headquarters for Ford Motor Company in Brentwood.
Basildon is home to State Street Corporation’s UK headquarters, International Financial Data Services, and is a large employer of roles where accountancy is an integral aspect of the job.
Employment in accountancy in general in Essex is good as roles can be gained in consultancies or in financial departments of organisations. Accountancy firm, CBHC LLP based in Romford is one of the area’s biggest.
The ACCA, the global accounting body, covers East London and Essex, listing talks and events in the local area.
Potential accounting staff can find contract and permanent roles listed on recruitment agency websites and opportunities in Essex cover assistant level and bookkeeper level, right up to manager and director positions. Although less opportunities are available than somewhere such as London, smaller financial firms in the region are key recruiters in this field.