Accountants sought for Middle East ‘goldrush’

Link: E&Y to reopen Iraq office

One consultancy looking for volunteers said it had already received considerable interest, despite the ‘current troubles’.

Abigail Stevens, managing director at Think Global Recruitment, said: ‘There is no denying that the Middle East is currently the focus of terrorist activity. However working in any major city today poses potential risks. In terms of benefits and lifestyle it is still hard to beat.’

The company, which specialises in finding jobs overseas for qualified accountants, said there were openings for a number of very rewarding positions with chartered accountancy firms and international employers in the region.

Last week Tom Foley, The Iraq Coalition Provisional Authority director of private sector development, compared the business climate in the country to the Californian goldrush in the mid-1850s.

Also last week, Ernst & Young said it planned to re-open its Baghdad office.

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