UHY Hacker Young
When Johnny Rubens and Mark Hacker set up a practice to help friends in financial hardships, little did they know that it would grow to become a global consulting and accounting network of independent – and independently minded – firms. This unique blend of international prowess and local autonomy sets UHY out from the crowd.
- Good variety of work
- High level of responsibility and involvement
- Approachable partners
- Friendly, diverse and supportive environment
- A good firm for trainees
- You do lots of work outside the office
- Small firm so not many opportunities for career progression once you have qualified
UHY Hacker Young is a member of UHY International: a global consulting and accounting network of independent – and independently minded – firms, both small and large, across 76 countries worldwide. It is this unique structure – a blend of international prowess and local autonomy – that sets UHY out from the crowd.
UHY Hacker Young offers technical expertise to a wide array of clients, including AIM listed companies, private businesses, overseas companies, high-net-worth individuals, partnerships and not-for-profit organisations. The firm provides services in corporate finance, turnaround and recovery, corporate and personal tax planning, accounting and audit. Additionally, UHY Hacker Young has specialist divisions in property, motor trade and transport, freight and shipping, hotels and restaurants, charities, health care, agriculture and professional practices.
Since the inception of the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) in 1995, UHY Hacker Young has provided companies floated on this exchange with advice on pre-IPO fund-raising, admissions, due diligence, tax assistance and planning, and continued public life. Today, the firm holds substantial clout in this arena, proudly sitting as one of the largest auditors of listed firms: the firm ranks 12th in the UK, placing it amid the industry’s biggest players.Read all 34 employee quotes
To stand a chance of securing a spot at UHY Hacker, you’ll need a minimum of a 2:1 and 280 UCAS points. There is good news though; compared to the Big Four, the selection process is relatively friendly and unintimidating... relatively being the operative word!
Some of the firm's offices don't offer graduate training opportunities, so candidates have to choose from Birmingham, Brighton, London, Newport, Nottingham, Manchester, Scotland, Sunderland or Sheffield. Each site is different; the selection and hiring process differs from place to place, so check your favoured location’s website for specific details on their application process. However, be prepared for strong competition; places are highly esteemed in local job markets due to the firm’s excellent reputation for training.
No matter which location you’re applying to, invariably you’ll begin by submitting an online application. Then if the firm considers you a possible fit, you will be invited for an interview at your chosen office – meeting with an associate and the HR department. Most successful applicants sit through two rounds; the second of which takes place in an assessment centre and lasts most of the day. The final stage will be in the shape of an interview, taken by a partner.
The firm doesn’t actively advertise internships and summer placements, but some offices do provide such opportunities for students going into their final year. Do note however, that even if you secure such a place, this does not guarantee a future job offer. What it does do, is give you a chance to demonstrate your ability, motivation and ambition; so if you get such a chance – make it count!
UHY Hacker Young Graduate Recruitment Info
Tel: +44 (0)20 7216 4600
Employer Type: Private Group of Companies
No. of UK Employees: 500
No. of UK Partners: 92
No. of UK offices: 19
Managing Partner (London): Ladislav Hornan
Group Chairman: Howard Spencer
Base Salary (London): £25,000
Audit and Assurance
People are very helpful and supportive. The partners are very approachable and willing to address any concerns. Socialising outside work varies – it's harder for the audit department as we are hardly in the office at the same time so tend to socialise with people in our year.Junior Accountant, Entry LevelHelpful?
Training is taken very seriously and trainees feel an integral part of the firm. Counselling meetings are held regularly and managers and partners take great interest in your development.Junior Accountant, Entry LevelHelpful?
The firm is pretty good in keeping the whole company up to date with current affairs within the company. As well as regular announcements from partners on various subjects, the company internal website is well maintained, so that you can find out what you want. In terms of the relationships with the partners, as I mentioned before, they are very approachable and friendly and go out of their way to make time for staff. They value input from even the most junior of staff which is fantastic.Auditor, Mid-LevelHelpful?
In terms of recruiting graduates, there seems to be a healthy split of men to women, and this is also evident at senior and manager level. There is a lack of women at partner level, I believe the firm is keen to be more diverse at this level, but there is less movement at this level, and so it may take a while for a more even split to be evident.Auditor, Entry LevelHelpful?
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London E1W 1YW
Tel: +44 (0)20 7216 4600
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