Polish accountants plug UK skills gap. By Dan Martin

The UK's financial services sector is increasingly turning to Polish accountants in response to a shortage of sufficiently skilled British staff, new research reveals.

Recruitment company Joslin Rowe said of the 270,000 Poles who have registered to work in the UK since May 2004, 3,425 or 5.7% are accountants.

The report added that in the 12 months to the end of August 2006, 32,150 new accountancy jobs were advertised in UK financial services firms.

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