Adam hits seven years with Interlink
Adam Salkie, Principal Consultant02 December 2019
As the great John Lennon once said, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” During my seven years at Interlink, I found a girl, settled down, and we wanted so we got married. We have a beautiful baby daughter and another baby on the way, due for March 2019. It has been an incredible journey from December 2012 both personally and professionally, and long may it continue!!
My recruitment experiences
I have now been working in recruitment for 12 years – the bulk of which have been spent at Interlink doing Legal recruitment. Having qualified as a solicitor with Halliwells, of course the natural area for me to gravitate into was Legal. However, over the years I have recruited across most sectors within permanent recruitment – Sales, Catering, Office/Secretarial, Construction, Property, and of course Accountancy & Finance – which is where I happily find myself today. Yes, this is not only a new sector for me, but the business too.
Why take on a new sector?
A natural synergy led to the decision to expand into a new business area, for both myself and Interlink. For me personally, many of my family members are accountants so I grew up in this market; I know it well. There is also the natural link between Accountancy and Law. Our existing clients here at Interlink have internal financial roles to fulfil and increasingly come to us as a ‘one stop shop’ for all their recruitment needs. With us operating a dedicated business support department for law firms, it was only natural we extend to supporting firms with their accountancy and finance hires. We do this with a focus on the North West of the country, for now. We also work with larger professional services outfits who cover both legal and finance and have as much need for accountants as they do solicitors. The demand is there and in my new role, I help service it.
A positive market
The North-West market is fascinating and buoyant with activity. Firms are opening new offices, making acquisitions and growing their teams across the region. Likewise, the ‘Big 4’ have been focusing investment on regional hubs outside of London, including areas across the North-West.
But what’s contributing to their success? Well, a number of things are. Brexit in itself is having a positive effect, with an increase in the demand for advice over issues stemming from the wait around leaving the EU. Legislation changes such as GDPR, the introduction of the auto-enrolment pensions and the emergence of digital solutions have all contributed to the success of accountancy firms across the region.
Blurred lines with legal
Within practice, there are clear synergies with law, and we can see this across the spectrum of accountancy firms. There are the acquisitive firms who are investing heavily in existing practices. There are the ‘Big 4,’ who can be looked upon as similar to the North West Legal ‘Big 4.’ And then there are the well-established North-West practices, and some smaller practices, with their established portfolio of clients. Where there is a need for a blend of accounting, legal, tax and advisory advice on a given project, we are seeing more cross-over between legal and finance. Overall, it’s great to see such positivity in the market. Specialisms in different areas of practice – audit, tax and insolvency all find themselves busy, and it is interesting to see niche firms setting up, for example specialising in tax.
Adam looks after our new Accountancy recruitment division which covers many specialisms and sectors within Accountancy practice and industry. We work with a strong, diverse portfolio of clients across the North-West, so if you’re seeking a new role, be that in tax, auditing, financial advisory services or accountancy, contact Adam today. Give him a call on 0161 839 4388 to discuss your situation and prospects or send him an email to, email@example.com.