Lynne Roeder, regional director of Hays Accountancy and Finance, said there is currently high demand across a number or specialised roles within accounting and finance.
“Employers look for candidates who can implement change and put systems in place,” she said.
“Employers are putting emphasis on candidates with analytical skills and are starting to recognise that attracting these candidates can be a challenge due to the high demand. Also, demand has increased for temporary financial accountants to help with end of financial year workloads.
“Credit controllers are also sought as companies focus on efficiencies and maximising cash flow. Those with dedicated experience in a credit control role, who can negotiate extremely well and develop client and customer relationships, are the most highly sought. Employers often ask for candidates with specific industry experience and demand is expected to further increase following the end of the financial year,” she said.
According to the Hays, firms are becoming more active in recruiting experienced staff in professional practice.
“Business services seniors, intermediate and senior tax accountants, senior accountants and auditors are all sought for permanent positions,” Ms Roeder added.
“They are looking for high-quality recruits who can contribute towards improving productivity and performance. Commercial analysts, risk professionals and finance managers/controllers are all in demand.”