Post-lockdown hiring boom for finance experts drives Headstar’s growth

Finance recruitment consultancy Headstar has reported record growth of 35 per cent in its latest financial year, driven by a post-lockdown hiring boom for finance professionals.

The Leeds-based business, which recruits all areas of a finance team from entry level to chief financial officer, experienced surging demand for its services in 2021, with growth-focused SMEs increasingly looking to recruit finance professionals to help guide them through challenging times.

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The business placed more than 200 people in finance roles across the UK last year and added an additional 79 clients, attracting a wide range of SMEs, as well as larger businesses including Capita, Eversheds and A-Safe.

Headstar's senior leadership team. Picture: Giles Rocholl

The year also saw the recruiter expand its own 18-strong team of recruitment experts and associate finance directors, making four appointments and three promotions.

The company plans to grow its team by a third, recruiting six more people to the firm in 2022.

James Roach, managing director of Headstar, said: “In the wake of a job market where vacancies reached record levels last year, competition for talented people is fiercer than ever, particularly in the finance sector.

“As a result, our mix of recruitment and finance consultancy services have never been more in demand, with businesses increasingly recognising the importance of having strong finance functions during these turbulent times.”