Azets launches recruitment initiative in London and the South East to target retirees and those on career breaks

August 22, 2021

Azets, the UK’s largest regional accountancy firm and business advisor to SMEs, with offices in Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire, is launching a new recruitment initiative across the South East –  to proactively target retirees and those on career breaks. Azets is keen to open opportunities to those who seek flexibility and who will bring valued experience to the business.

The top 10 accountancy firm, which this year has hired 200 graduates and recently announced a further 650 new roles over the next 12 months, is investing not only in the next generation of talent but also in retirees and those looking to return to the profession on either a full or part-time basis. The business aims to fill at least 10 per cent of vacancies by hiring retirees and those on a career break who are looking to return to the profession.

William Payne, Regional CEO for London and South East, Azets, commented: “We believe that we can boost our ambitious growth plans by adding people with a wealth of experience and leadership qualities. The national recruitment drive is supported by a multimillion-pound investment in a fully digitised, mobile-enabled hybrid working environment. This allows staff more choice and the flexibility and encouragement to ‘work from anywhere’ (WFA) as they are fully provided with the infrastructure and systems to support the workplace transformation. We are looking forward to welcoming these skilled people, who may not yet be ready for full retirement, to our network across London and the South East.”

The firm is hiring at all levels and across service lines including audit, tax and business advisory, with ambitious growth plans to increase revenue by 50 per cent within the next five years.

Anna Murphy, Head of Group Resourcing with Azets, said: “While it’s common for top firms to focus only on hiring and developing young, ambitious trainees, there is a vast, untapped talent pool of retirees and those looking to return to work after a break who often aren’t ready to retire or want to progress in their careers while being able to fit work around other commitments.

“Azets proactively targeting retirees and career breakers is testament to our commitment to developing people in all age groups in any life circumstances, right across the business. This is further demonstrated by our aim to fill at least 10 per cent of our new vacancies with people looking to come back into the profession either after retirement or a career break. With our continued investment in graduates and school leavers, there is also an opportunity for reverse mentoring, enabling the exchange of skills, knowledge and understanding between our youngest and most senior advisors.

“We want to hear from retirees and people returning from career breaks from across the UK who want to have the choice of working flexibly in a way that suits their lifestyle.”

All vacancies can be found at  where applications from those who are looking to work flexibly or preferring to work part-time, reduced hours or term-time only are encouraged.