2019 accounting and financial services market outlook.

surplus of finance jobs but not enough talent.


2018 saw a change in the skills and experience required by accounting and finance functions. Companies had increased headcount for specialised roles in financial planning & analysis (FP&A), tax and treasury to address the fast-changing and increasingly-complex environment that accountants will have to navigate in.


We also saw a decrease in demand for transaction accounting candidates as companies had either relocated this function to low-cost countries or invested in automation tools to improve overall efficiency and reduce operation cost.


As we move into 2019, we expect recruitment activities within the accounting and finance space to remain steady, with a larger focus on specialised roles. Companies will continue to reduce the number of generalist roles and strategically build the team’s expertise by hiring specialists and subject matter experts.


These roles will be filled by experienced professionals who are confident working in a data-driven environment, and have strong commercial acumen to make decisions that will have a direct impact on the organisation’s financial health and growth trajectory.


Digitalisation will also create a demand for highly-adaptable and agile candidates who can analyse data to identify potential opportunities and challenges for the organisation and communicate their insights to decision-makers.

 

To read more, download our 2019 market outlook & salary snapshot here.


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