Azets has bolstered its audit team with the appointment of 33 permanent audit seniors from across Africa under a new international recruitment scheme.\r\n\r\nAzets has partnered with GAP Talent, the international recruitment specialist, to deliver the scheme, which has welcomed 33 newly-qualified accountants from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Kenya, Zambia, and Lesotho.\r\n\r\nRecruitment is underway for a further 66 people to join Azets this autumn, taking the total number of hires to 99.\r\n\r\nLindsey Tyler, UK head of Audit at Azets, said: \u201cI\u2019m delighted to welcome our new international colleagues into Azets. By partnering with GAP Talent, we are providing opportunities to dozens of talented smart people that exist beyond the UK market, to become part of a growing international firm.\r\n\r\n\u201cOur purpose is to improve the lives of our colleagues, clients and communities, in a sustainable way, and this long-term initiative aligns with that, underpinned by our investment in people and Talent Development. We understand that relocating to a new country can be overwhelming, and the support we provide our international recruits extends beyond professional development.\u201d\r\n\r\nUnder the international recruitment scheme, candidates are hired on three-year visas, which can be extended to five. Visa applications are processed by Azets\u2019 HR Consultancy, with interviews taking place remotely and in-person.\r\n\r\nRecruits are assigned a buddy and the onboarding process includes corporate and residential inductions, as well as support in finding accommodation.\r\n\r\nKaleen Pillay, a chartered accountant from Johannesburg, South Africa, relocated to join Azets as an audit senior in February 2023, based at the firm\u2019s London office.\r\n\r\nShe said: \u201cI have experience working with clients and firms from South Africa, Australia, and the USA, so the opportunity to live and work in the UK was hugely exciting. The prospect of leaving home to move abroad and join a new firm is daunting, but Azets and GAP Talent have been patient and compassionate in answering all the questions I had regarding the company, the UK itself, and the visa process.\r\n\r\n\u201cJoining Azets has been a seamless transition. The orientation training delivered in the York office was insightful, and from day one my colleagues at all levels have been ready to offer support and assistance whenever I am in need of it. This is in terms of both general assistance around audit processes, as well as navigating life in London, and general consideration for my adjustment to life in the UK.\u201d\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nShe added: \u201cI am excited that there is a definite path for career progression and career diversification at Azets, while being able to remain and grow as part of the group. I left home at the tail end of a hot South African summer and other than the cold weather, which is ironically a hot topic, life in the UK so far has been filled with learning and new experiences, both professional and personal.\u201d\r\n\r\nAzets added it plans to increase its number of international recruits again next year, taking the total number of people hired under the scheme to more than 200 by the end of 2024.