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Tax Market Insight August 2014

By Lauren Maunsell, our specialist Tax Recruiter

Battle lines are drawn

As reported in my last market insight, the biggest area of growth continues to be within professional services across the Big 4 accounting firms and the law firms. Whilst there were a few hires at the beginning of the year in the law firms across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane (Allens and Norton Rose Fullbright), by far the largest hirer of tax professionals has been the Big 4 accounting firms, a trend that shows no sign of slowing down. Something we have seen over the last quarter, which is a little unusual, is candidates choosing job offers to move to other Big 4 accounting firms instead of making the traditional move out into industry. The reason for this seems to be that the Big 4 are offering some candidates (in specialist areas including infrastructure and property for example) salaries which would ordinarily be above their pay grade and in some cases, have put candidates directly onto the Partner track programs as an inducement to join. Unless the candidate feels that they want to work in a corporate for other reasons, most corporates struggle to compete with such financial inducements, sign on bonuses and clear career progression opportunities. Similarly, the battle lines are drawn between the Big 4 firms themselves who are increasingly trying to poach each other’s staff by offering incentives including large pay increases, early promotion, specific mentoring in certain areas, sign on bonuses and partner track support. Consequently, this year I have seen more counter offers and aggressive “buy backs” than ever before, including several cases where firms have been able to entice back former staff only months after they have left to join another firm.

“Giving back”

As we enter the 2nd half of the calendar year, we are starting to see some interesting trends and subsequent moves that we haven’t seen for some time. There have been some senior level hires in the area of government and policy, particularly at the ATO - who have recently picked up some big names in the tax market including Andrew Mills of Greenwoods & Freehills and Jeremy Hirschhorn of KPMG. The reason for this seems to be the opportunity for senior tax figures to actually “make a difference” and be instrumental in changing tax laws and perhaps even creating a legacy of sorts.

“Melbourne feeding frenzy”

Over the last 3-4 months we have also seen an increase in in-house commercial tax roles at the mid-senior level including multiple roles in Melbourne which has finally breathed some life back into the Melbourne tax market after a quiet couple of years. Also on the horizon are high profile roles with a large Melbourne-based corporate who are re-building their tax function following the introduction of a senior tax hire. Potentially, these multiple roles will in turn create some gaps in other businesses, thus opening up further opportunities in the Melbourne market.

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SYDNEY Level 24 400 George Street SYDNEY NSW 2000 Tel 61 2 9235 9400 MELBOURNE Levellmaunsell@jmichel.com.au or (02) 9235 9470. Moves and Restructures Resources:  Ann-Maree Wolff at Rio Tinto has stepped up into the General Manager Tax – Asia Pacific to replace Ross Lyons who moved to  London as Global Head of Tax. The Asia Pacific role will now be based in Brisbane. Tom DeGeorgio has been appointed Vice President, Group Tax – Asia Pacific for BHP Billiton. He relocated from their Americas  business in Houston. Aoife Deane is now the Head of Tax at Orica, having departed from BHP Billiton Melbourne. Private Practice & Government:  Jeremy Hirschhorn, previously Lead Partner, Finance Services Tax at KPMG has joined the Australian Tax Office as the Chief Tax  Council. Debbie Cheung ex Moore Stephens (Melbourne) has joined the Deloitte Financial Services team as Senior Analyst.  Benjamin Butler from ANZ Wealth has moved to PricewaterhouseCoopers Sydney as Manager, Corporate Tax.  Igor Golshtein has moved from DLA Piper in Melbourne to Allens Melbourne as an Associate.  Virginia Tang has moved from the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia to KPMG in Sydney as Senior Tax Consultant.  Garry Mathoda has moved to KPMG from PricewaterhouseCoopers, joining as Tax Manager. Financial Services:  Anthony Fitzgerald has joined ANZ Bank as the Head of Indirect Tax from NAB in Melbourne. Commerce and Industry:  Tanjali Chelliah moved to Thomson Reuters from Caltex, joining as Tax Advisor.  Kevin Jowono from PricewaterhouseCoopers has moved to Downer Group as their Employment Taxes Manager. To unsubscribe please respond to email with ‘unsubscribe” in subject line. " id="pdf-obj-1-3" src="pdf-obj-1-3.jpg">

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Another large Australian owned, financial services institution is also currently hiring several quite specific roles across Melbourne and Sydney due to a bit of a shake up post the departure of two senior tax managers within the team. Their tax function should look somewhat different in the coming months. Looking forward towards the end of 2014, we expect much more movement than this time last year. These roles will be predominantly in Sydney and Melbourne with an increase in in-house commercial opportunities as well as the Big 4 continuing to recruit at all levels. Melbourne should be the busiest market with the most high-profile moves, both for the organisations mentioned above and for several other senior roles that are yet to be announced.

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lmaunsell@jmichel.com.au or (02) 9235 9470.

Moves and Restructures

Resources:

Ann-Maree Wolff at Rio Tinto has stepped up into the General Manager Tax Asia Pacific to replace Ross Lyons who moved to

London as Global Head of Tax. The Asia Pacific role will now be based in Brisbane. Tom DeGeorgio has been appointed Vice President, Group Tax Asia Pacific for BHP Billiton. He relocated from their Americas

business in Houston. Aoife Deane is now the Head of Tax at Orica, having departed from BHP Billiton Melbourne.

Private Practice & Government:

Jeremy Hirschhorn, previously Lead Partner, Finance Services Tax at KPMG has joined the Australian Tax Office as the Chief Tax

Council. Debbie Cheung ex Moore Stephens (Melbourne) has joined the Deloitte Financial Services team as Senior Analyst.

Benjamin Butler from ANZ Wealth has moved to PricewaterhouseCoopers Sydney as Manager, Corporate Tax.

Igor Golshtein has moved from DLA Piper in Melbourne to Allens Melbourne as an Associate.

Virginia Tang has moved from the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia to KPMG in Sydney as Senior Tax Consultant.

Garry Mathoda has moved to KPMG from PricewaterhouseCoopers, joining as Tax Manager.

Financial Services:

Anthony Fitzgerald has joined ANZ Bank as the Head of Indirect Tax from NAB in Melbourne.

Commerce and Industry:

Tanjali Chelliah moved to Thomson Reuters from Caltex, joining as Tax Advisor.

Kevin Jowono from PricewaterhouseCoopers has moved to Downer Group as their Employment Taxes Manager.

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Andrew Martin is now Tax Manager for Rail at Downer, he joins from Deloitte.

Saminda Fernando ex KPMG has been appointed as the new Head of Tax at British American Tobacco.

Eli Braggins has joined British American Tobacco as a Tax Manager from KPMG.

Tino Saladino is now the Tax Manager at Scenic Tours, he joins from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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