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Skilled accountants in high demand

The professional practice sector has seen a marked increase in demand for highly skilled accountants, according to recruitment firm Hays.

News Michael Masterman 13 November 2014
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Susan Drew, regional director of Hays Accountancy & Finance highlighted a number of roles in high demand as shown by Hays’ latest quarterly report.


“In the professional practice sector business services managers, business services seniors, external audit seniors, tax accountants and business advisory specialists are in demand,” she said.

“We are seeing a marked increase in demand for tax accountants and business services seniors and expect this to continue over the coming quarter.”

“Employers are relying more heavily on chartered accounting firms to assist them, not only through the busy tax return period but with a view to developing partnerships with trusted business advisers,” said Ms Drew.

“The demand for permanent employees has significantly increased with companies having fewer temporary requirements. Generally roles are coming about as companies replace departing staff.”

Management accountants, credit controllers and payroll officers are topping the list of skills in demand in the corporate sector.

“Employers are focused on increasing their ability to gain relevant business insight. They want more information on performance, and thus candidates who can analyse performance in greater detail and compare it to competitors,” Ms Drew said.

“There is also a focus on improving processes or implementing systems in order to save time and get systems working as efficiently as possible. The project nature of such roles means that commercial candidates are needed for temporary assignments.”

“While there is an excess of candidates who lack qualifications or have minimal exposure, employers in contrast want candidates with solid experience,” she said.

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