spite of Brussels being the self-styled capital of Europe, one could be
deluded into thinking that the jobs' market is openly accessible for accountants.
While it is true that the Belgian government has offered tax incentives
to foreign multinationals to set up their EU co-ordination centres in
Belgium, many of whom seek Anglo-Saxon qualified accountants, a knowledge
of one of the official languages is still a must. As an accountant working
in the private sector, there is a requirement to be registered with the
Institut des Experts-Comptables (this applies to public practice accountants
as well). The title 'accountant" is a protected entity in Belgium.
Access to public practice audit work is subject to membership of the
Institut des Réviseurs d'Entreprises. This requires applying to undertake
the IRE's aptitude test, in conformity with the EC Mutual Recognition
Directive of 1988 [89/48/EEC]. The aptitude test is an examination consisting
of a written and oral part, aimed at testing the candidates knowledge
as to his/her ability to exercise the profession of réviseur d'entreprise
in the following subjects: commercial law, tax law and ethical practices
governing the audit profession. For more details, you are advised to
contact the Institut des Réviseurs d'Entreprises.
Potential job seekers are advised to monitor such weekly newsmagazines
as Focus for job advertisements and the monthly IEC newsletter, which
provides a regular list of accountancy openings. The Friday (European)
edition of the Financial Times also frequently features accountancy/financial
controller vacancies within Belgian-based multinational corporations.
The ACCA has appointed two executive search firms in Brussels to assist
qualified members to seek career opportunities - Robert Half and Financial
Search & Selection - the contact details of which are provided below