Looking forward, the UK energy sector (recently named as one of the best in the world) will be one to keep an eye on for new accounting opportunities. Projects such as planning and implementing 'smart-metering', a UK-wide scheme, has meant there's been a surge in demand for accounting professionals.
For newly-qualifieds there is actually more demand than there is supply and businesses are trying to save costs by hiring junior accountants that they can invest in and develop. This makes now a very good time to kick-start your career, as we should start to see more and more opportunities.
However, high quality, industry-experienced candidates are still very difficult to attract and companies are having to pay a premium or come up with very visible career paths to secure the best people for their businesses.