Frequently Asked Questions


We use an online application process for all our vacancies. You will find details of all our live vacancies here.

When you find a role that you are interested in, click on the ‘apply now’ button and you will be taken through our application process.

We do not accept CV’s that are emailed directly to us. Please use the speculative vacancy to submit your CV to us.

You can also set up a job alert which will notify you as soon as something does become available.

Alternatively you can create an account and your details will be searchable by our recruitment team and we can notify you if we have something that we feel matches you skills and experience.

Please contact one of our recruitment team, you will find our details on the ‘contact us’ page, and we will work with you to support your needs.

You will receive an email confirmation when your application has been submitted successfully. We strive to come back to all candidates as soon as we can with any updates, but if you have not heard from us within two weeks, feel free to get in touch to see what is happening.

You will receive notifications via email of any status updates, or you can log in to your account to view any messages. Due to the volume of applications we receive we are not able to respond directly to all applicants who have been unsuccessful at the initial application stage.

Yes you can, however, please be aware that often vacancies will progress through the recruitment process at different rates. Please be mindful that we are unable to keep a position open unnecessarily so you may have to make some decisions along the way with regards to the roles you are applying for.

We require that all applications are made online.

Unfortunately once you have submitted your application you’re unable to make any changes to the information you have provided. Should you need to make a change please contact the Recruitment Team and they will be able to help you.

Unfortunately we are unable to employ anyone who doesn’t have the right to work in the UK or to sponsor work permits.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, unfortunately we’re unable to provide feedback at application stage. If you have completed a telephone or face-to-face interview we will ensure that feedback is provided to you.

Screening & Interviews


A member of the Recruitment Team will be in touch with you by phone or email to let you know you have been shortlisted and book you in for your phone interview. You will also be able to find all the relevant information for your interview in the ‘my applications’ section of your account. Our telephone interviews usually last between 20 and 30 minutes.

Please make sure you have your CV to hand and are in a quiet place for interview.

For experienced hires we use a combination of phone and face-to-face interviewing, assessment centres, psychometric testing, personality profiling and skills based assessments.

Although we operate a standard 2-stage interview process, at times this may change dependent on the role we are recruiting for. We will ensure you are fully aware of what to expect at each stage of the interview process.

For trainee roles we have a 4 stage selection process:

Step 1 – Application form

You will need to complete our online application form and tell us a bit about you.

Step 2 – Online tests

If you pass our application form screening, you will be required to complete some online tests. These are verbal and numerical reasoning, and don’t worry, you’ll be given the opportunity to have a practice before the real test starts!

Step 3 – Phone interview

If you do well in your online tests, we will invite you to have a phone interview with one of our dedicated recruiters. We will want to get to know you a bit better as well as asking you some more formal questions.

Step 4 – Assessment centre

If you have demonstrated excellence throughout all of our previous steps, we will invite you to attend one of our regional assessment centres which are usually held at the end of November/ early December and if you are successful at this point we will look to make you an offer!

We do not cover candidate’s travel expenses for interviews.

Although interviews should be challenging, we will try to make the whole experience as comfortable as we can. Here are a few things to think about:

  • Read the job description in detail and make a note of your strengths, skills and experience with the requirements of the job you are applying for in mind.
  • Familiarise yourself with our values and make sure you have researched the firm and team thoroughly.
  • When you’re asked a question during your interview, take your time to answer and think through what you want to say.
  • Consider what it is about PKF Francis Clark and the job you’re applying for that appeals to you.

Job Offers


We will get in touch with you straight away!

One of the Recruitment Team will contact you by telephone to let you know the good news; they’ll also talk you through what we’re offering you. Your offer letter and full contract of employment will be issued to you electronically via our recruitment portal. You will then be able to signed your contract by e signature, reducing the need for paper copies to be issued.

Once you have accepted our offer of employment you will have access to more of our on boarding documents via the portal which will give you a bit more information about life with the firm.

The Recruitment team will be on hand to support you through your onboarding process and to make arrangements for you joining the firm.

We do, yes.

Your offer of employment will be conditional upon receipt of satisfactory references.

When you have received a verbal offer, we will ask you to submit the contact details of people we can seek references from and we will contact them at that point.

We will not contact your current employer until you let us know that you are happy for us to do so.

As an overview we offer the below to all permanent staff

  • Minimum 20 days holiday plus bank holidays, rising to 27 days plus bank holidays depending on your grade
  • Company pension scheme
  • Life assurance

In addition, you’ll get other benefits such as:

  • Lifestyle benefits such as child care vouchers and cycle to work scheme
  • Employee assistance programme – A free 24/7 confidential service that offers all our people support with well being and mental health issues or financial difficulties, as well as any other life challenges that you might need support with
  • Perks at work – A discounted shopping portal which gives you access to a wide array of discounts which could save you lots of £ throughout the year!
  • Access to the Francis Clark Charitable Trust – An independent charity for current and past employees who might need support whilst experiencing financial hardship
  • Social events throughout the year including Christmas and summer events

We also offer a client and candidate referral scheme, whereby you’re rewarded for introducing clients or future staff to the firm.