Employer confidence driving accountancy professionals’ rise

Accountancy professionals are critical to the everyday running of a business. Capable of organising the vital payroll and billing system, these workers are the heart of a successful enterprise.

However, according to recruiting experts Hays Accountancy and Finance, accounting jobs are set to significantly increase this quarter thanks to employer confidence increasing and promoting more staff.

Positions such as business services seniors, external audit seniors and senior tax accountants all feature in the Hays Quarterly Hotspots. In this, Hays lists the in-demand skills and positions that are becoming prominent in the market.

Regional Director of Hays Accountancy and Finance, Susan Drew, explained that it is presently a good time for recruitment across the sector.

"Candidate levels have increased as more people decide the time is right to consider their options and advance their career," she said.

"Given the release of new financial year budgets, employers are recruiting the skills they need to drive their accountancy department forward. Practices are adding to their headcount and demand is predominantly for permanent candidates at the intermediate to manager levels."

Ms Drew went into more depth about how financial services businesses are investigating 12 month contracts as the organisation experiences rapid growth or changes.

"We are also seeing more vacancies at the Senior Manager level as organisations seek to bring in external leadership qualities to help drive their business forward," she said.

"This is a significant shift as until recently, employers preferred to promote from within."

How can a business take advantage of this trend?

Businesses looking to hire accountancy professionals will be at a considerable advantage if they have invested in recruitment software.

The software can enable businesses to sort candidates by skills or by qualifications to ensure the perfect person is selected in the role and can contribute long-term.

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