Accounting and finance skills in high demand

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Umbrella company contractors working within the accounting and finance sector will be pleased to learn that those with the right skills are seeing a significant increase in job opportunities.

According to the latest Robert Walters UK Index, job vacancies for accounting and finance professionals rose by 41% in the first quarter of 2017 alone.

Data revealed that it is the mid-level accounting roles that made up the highest percentage of vacancies at 14%, 10% for assistant accountants and seven per cent for finance managers.

Marcus Blackburn, associate director of Robert Walters, commented, “In 2016 many employers scale back or postpone hiring plans as new strategies were developed in the face of an uncertain economic and political climate.

“However, with confidence steadily rising many businesses are once again looking to expand in 2017, driving demand for accounting and finance specialists, particularly at the mid and junior level.

“In particular tech, e-commerce, digital and media businesses are looking to take on accounting specialists who can play a strategic role, helping to ensure long term, stable growth as firms look to adapt as Britain’s economy evolves as negotiations to leave the EU develop.”

Blackburn added, “Confidence has risen among financial services firms and many are keen to take on staff to make the most of increasing investment activity.”

“These businesses are aware of the current fluid nature of the economic landscape, and as such are keen to secure a workforce which can be flexible to meet their changing needs.”

“This is creating opportunities for contractors, with high daily rates available particularly for those with a background in investment and asset management.”


Daniele Cantello is an Contract Manager for Contractor Umbrella Ltd, one of the UK’s Most Respected Umbrella Companies. Learn more about Daniele on Google.

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