Shorts is a business that puts the development and welfare of its employees at the forefront of its work. From expanding their skill sets through tailored training plans to focusing on mental health following the pandemic, Shorts continues to shine as a leading employer within the profession.

Judges of The Yorkshire Accountancy Awards, on presenting Best Employer of the Year

We want every member of our team to feel supported, developed and happy. So, we provide

  • a blend of interesting and challenging work,
  • the time for everyone to contribute ideas,
  • time to concentrate on personal development, and
  • a healthy life balance, allowing flexibility for individual preferences.

Our team enjoys all the key benefits you expect from a progressive firm with much more besides, and we are proud of our relaxed and inclusive culture which stands out as different.  Yes – we understand that everyone makes similar claims, but we really do believe that it’s true.

We are providing a premium service for clients – but we make sure that this is without compromising our principles. We are an award-winning firm, but alongside awards recognising the work we do for our clients, we are also immensely proud to have been named Best Employer in Tax at the Tolley’s Taxation Awards 2022, and Employer of the Year at the Yorkshire Accountancy Awards 2023.  We were also recently shortlisted in the category of Outstanding Contribution to Workforce Development at the Sheffield Business Awards.

So we know, that whilst we look after our clients well, we also look after our team; their welfare and development are equally important.

              Tolley's taxation award winner

Time to excel, grow and achieve

We provide our team with the time to complete their work, concentrate on personal success and live their lives.

Time to progress and develop your career

We are proud of our record of team development, having supported many individuals with their progression within the firm.

Focussing on your own personal development can sometimes be overlooked when you are busy and working to deadlines, and we are keen to make sure that doesn't happen.

So, we ensure that our team has the time to focus on their own development path, with procedures in place to help them achieve their aspirations.

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Time and space to enjoy our work

We don’t work to unrealistic timescales and never accept client work that we are unable to fulfil.

We manage employee levels to ensure that our team numbers remain 15% over capacity at all times, so nobody should ever feel overwhelmed or under undue pressure.

Consequently, our team have the appropriate time to focus on their work - time to think, time to analyse, and time to bounce off one another with ideas. This approach leads to improved job satisfaction and higher levels of client service.

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Time for life - flexible working & zero overtime

We do not expect any of our team to work more than their basic weekly hours, supported by our zero overtime policy. We consistently report less than one hour of overtime per employee per month – well below the industry standard. And it is our mission to reduce this even further - down to nil.

Our senior team lead by example to ensure everyone benefits from the commitment to a healthy life balance, both in and out of work. Hybrid working, core hours, and zero overtime policies put our team in charge of managing their time to suit them – both in and out of the office.

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Our experiences - in our own words

Anisa Malik

"Some time ago, Shorts made some cultural changes to working hours within the Team Handbook, and HR sent out emails to let us know. That felt really nice, like someone has valued my personal beliefs and taken this decision to change the policies and allow us to alter our hours for cultural reasons."

"I am now able to adjust my working hours to make work easier during Ramadan. So, if I’m feeling extremely tired (maybe because I woke up at say 3am in the morning for breakfast), I can start work a little bit later, adjust when I leave, or take a shorter lunchbreak during the day, rather than the full hour." 

"And recently, Shorts have made it easier to take annual leave, for religious faiths with celebrations.  Sometimes it can be difficult to take annual leave if this coincides with the work of an important job/client. But with the changes to the Team Handbook, Shorts are more empathetic and understand the very important celebrations of different faiths. Previously, I have sometimes struggled to get time off, and it’s been very upsetting to not easily get the day to celebrate with family. I’ve worked in places where employers didn’t have similar support in place, and it’s good to know I don’t need to stress about that here."

"And really importantly, for not only my religion, but in other faiths too, knowing that any person wanting to practice their faith is able to have a quiet space for prayer if required at Shorts; that is really helpful to know."

Anisa Malik, Audit and Accounts Assistant

Lauren Crampton

"This was my first job after leaving sixth form. I was originally an apprentice but I am now a full-time member of the adviser support team."

"I was expecting it to be really scary, joining a professional firm straight from school with no experience, but the team are so nice, they made me feel so comfortable and introduced me to others at Shorts of a similar age to me, and within a month I'd settled in well."

"Despite disruptions caused through the Covid period, I completed my Apprenticeship in December 2020 and I am now looking into further training within the industry. I would like to complete the RO1 exams and then maybe look to paraplanning etc. There are loads of different routes to consider."

"What do I particularly enjoy about working at Shorts? - We're a friendly team, it's a nice atmosphere and I enjoy the social aspects of working here. I'm now involved in the socials team, organising regular and quarterly events which I really enjoy."

Lauren Crampton, Adviser Support

Lynne Gill

"I especially like the variety of work from international clients and the challenge of managing their expectations when the work involves dealing with HMRC. The international clients I deal with are always appreciative of the work I carry out and willing to pay for expert advice. This makes me feel valued which is always nice."

"I really enjoy my work as I love VAT and like the variety of clients at Shorts. I enjoy the mix of complex tax planning work and more routine VAT compliance work. I also enjoy the business development work I do, especially the Blog writing. I appreciate the opportunities Shorts have given me to expand my knowledge and skills."

"The work I enjoy the most is tax planning work, which the whole team gets involved in."

"I appreciate the ability to work from home but prefer to work in the office. I rarely work from home more than one day a week as I like the routine of coming in to work and enjoy the interaction with colleagues. I also find working from home convenient when I have a doctor’s or dentist’s appointment as I can schedule my appointments to fit in with my working hours."

Lynne Gill, Senior VAT Manager

Our values and culture



Respecting and listening to one another

Rob Brown is a best-selling author and host of the podcast, ‘The Accounting Influencers‘ with a global audience of over 35,000 accounting professionals.

An expert in getting to the core of any accounting topic, Rob interviews Shorts’ Managing Partner, Andy Irvine and explored the values at Shorts and why listening and providing our team with time, are such important parts of our culture.

What does the gift of time mean to you?

We asked a few of our team to explain in more detail the impact that having more flexibility in their working day means to them – what effect does the gift of additional time have on their lives.

Everyone’s circumstances are different, so the responses were all very personal and uniquely different.

Supporting our clients - living our lives

Team focus

Our recruitment program includes many just starting out on their career journey in accountancy.

Whether joining through our graduate program, as an apprentice, or studying for higher qualifications, all of our trainees are fully supported throughout their training journey and many of our students stay with us full-time after completing their studies.

For many, completing professional qualifications is only the beginning of their journey, and understanding how to achieve a promotion or climb the career ladder is the natural next step.

So, our Management Development Program is designed specifically for those individuals wanting to understand, plan and navigate their route to promotion.

Through a program of structured courses, mentoring, and training we continue to support our team throughout their development journey.

We look after our clients really well, but we also look after our team, because we know that their welfare and development are equally as important.

For everyone, personal time when we are not working is extremely valuable, and it is for that reason, that our zero overtime policy was created.  Fundamentally, we do not expect any of our team to work more than their basic weekly hours.

Although this practice is quite unique within the accounting industry, we are proud to consistently see average overtime at less than one hour per employee per month.

Hybrid working, core hours, and zero overtime policies mean that our team manage their time better – both in and out of the office.

We don’t work to unrealistic timescales and never accept client work that we are unable to fulfil.

We aim to manage our employee levels to ensure that our team is always around 15% over capacity at any time, meaning that they should never feel overwhelmed or under undue pressure

Consequently, our team have the appropriate time to focus on their work – time to think, time to analyse, and time to bounce off one another with ideas. Not only does this lead to improved job satisfaction, but also results in higher levels of client service.

Our team regularly takes part in local and national fundraising events and all team members have the opportunity to take part in one volunteering day each year.

There is an opportunity to get involved in

  • Sporting events, tournaments and challenges
  • Cake sales
  • Christmas events
  • Local charity collections

Those who work for Shorts can expect all the stuff you would normally expect from a really progressive form, and lots more besides

We work together, celebrate our successes together and always share our team news.

To find out more about what’s been happening recently, visit our LinkedIn page.

Team News

Our recent Team News

Shorts shortlisted for Xero Awards (2024)

The Genus team at Shorts is thrilled to be returning to the 2024 Xero awards, where Shorts are once again shortlisted finalists within the Large Firm of the Year category.  Previous winners of the Large Firm of the Year category in 2022, we are thrilled to have been finalists for the last four consecutive years.

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National Apprenticeships Week 2024

We are very lucky here at Shorts to enjoy the many benefits of working with a diverse team, including a large number of apprentices. National Apprenticeships Week is coordinated by the Department for Education, and takes place annually in early February. It provide an opportunity for the education and skills sector to highlight and celebrate the achievements of apprentices everywhere; the positive impact they make to businesses, communities and the wider economy.

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Shorts promote Alicia Williams to Director

Shorts are delighted to announce the promotion of Alicia Williams to the position of Genus Director with effect from 1st January 2024. Since joining Shorts in 2016 as an Accounts Senior, Alicia has demonstrated exceptional aptitude and dedication, earning promotions to Client Financial Controller and Finance System/App Integrator in 2017 and then Client FD and Digital Improvement Lead in 2022. Her progression to Director is testament to her exemplary skills and is a reflection of the active role she has played in the development of our Genus Management Information offering during that time.

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The added benefits of working at Shorts

All the stuff you would normally expect from a really progressive firm and lots more besides:

  • Core hours policy (7.5 hours per day, working between 08:00 and 18:00).
  • The ability to take up to two hours for lunch.
  • Overtime (we hardly work any!) to be taken back as TOIL.
  • Holidays start at 25 days or pro-rata equivalent.
  • Extra 1 day holiday after 5 years’ service and thereafter to a maximum extra 5 days.
  • Ability to buy up to five days holiday or pro-rata equivalent.
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity/adoption leave.
  • A fair and sympathetic sickness policy.
  • Access to Mental Health First Aiders with ongoing associated support.
  • Employee assistance program for counselling services, medical support, and perks through PAYCARE

The other bits

  • Flexible home working policy.
  • Structured external training and personal development.
  • Dress for your diary policy.
  • Death in service 2 x salary.
  • The opportunity to take one volunteering day per year.
  • Free parking in the Chesterfield office.
  • Christmas party and summer social.
  • Referral schemes for clients and recruitment.
  • Charity and other social events.
  • Free tea, coffee and biscuits (it’s important!)

Interested in finding out more?

We’re always open to talking to great people. If you feel that Shorts would be a great fit for your next career move, then why not send us your contact details; we’ll give you a call and maybe meet up to chat over coffee? (If you’d prefer to send us your CV, you can add that too) As part of our commitment to promote diversity we ask that candidates remove any personal traits such as name and date of birth as part of our initial screening process thus enabling us to make talent decisions based on skills and experience.