Discover the Benefits of Audit Threshold Changes for Recruitment SMEs

What’s the impact on Recruitment businesses following the recent announcement from Rishi Sunak regarding a 50% increase in UK audit thresholds.


The recruitment industry welcomes the recent announcement from Rishi Sunak regarding a 50% increase in UK audit thresholds for year ends beginning on or after 1 October 2024. This move is set to significantly impact small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) within the recruitment industry. Here’s how:

The Impact on SMEs in Recruitment

Planned Threshold Changes:

*The government plans to consult on redefining medium-sized company criteria, potentially increasing the employee threshold from 250 to 500, and for large companies, from 501 and above.

Predicted Impact and Benefits for Your Business:
  • An estimated 132,000 SMEs are expected to no longer require mandatory audits, offering simpler reporting processes. This could mean saving valuable time, resources, and redirecting funds towards business growth and development.
  • Approximately 5,000 large recruitment companies will transition to medium-sized status, facilitating more balanced and fitting reporting.
  • 13,000 medium-sized businesses might move into the small business classification, potentially benefiting from audit exemption and streamlined reporting.
  • An additional 113,000 small businesses will fall under the micro entity category, providing even more straightforward reporting options.
Addressing Challenges:

While these changes offer significant advantages, reduced transparency due to audit exemption could pose new challenges. Recruitment businesses affected can still opt for voluntary audits, however the maintenance of audit costs should be weighed carefully against the benefits of having increased confidence among stakeholders, including investors and lenders.

What’s Next for Recruitment SMEs

Further Proposals on the Horizon:
  • Removal of outdated requirements from Directors’ Reports and Remuneration Reports.
  • Streamlining processes for digital annual reports.
  • Resolving technical issues in the audit regulatory framework.
  • Revising the definition of medium-sized companies, potentially increasing the employee threshold.
  • Providing exemptions for smaller public interest entities from certain reporting requirements.
Get Ahead of the Game:

These changes will take effect for financial years beginning on or after 1 October 2024.

If you have questions about the impact on your recruitment business or need guidance on audits, contact Recruitment Accountants today.

Contact Us:

Contact Recruitment Accountants today to navigate these changes effectively!

Get in touch with our Audit Partner, James Price and find out how Recruitment Accountants can help you to navigate these changes effectively.

Alternatively, you can email us at or call us at 0845 606 9632 to speak with one of our audit specialists.

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