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New data shows that finance and accounting professionals are in high demand with nearly half of managers in the sector planning to hire next year.

Robert Half’s 2024 Salary Guide, which analyses market salaries, hiring trends and skills requirements across the UK, found that salaries have increased for finance and accounting professions as employers address a combination of skills shortages and the rising cost of living.

Hannah Szymanski, Market Director of Finance & Accounting at Robert Half, commented on the findings, “The labour market remains tight as we head into the New Year and with hiring intentions for finance and accounting professionals still high, we expect to see competition for talent to intensify through the first half of 2024 at least.

“While our data shows that pay inflation has increased across the remit, we are also seeing a rise in demand for more than financial incentives alone to move roles.”

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Hannah added, “For employers that are unable to continue with salary increases at current rates, this is good news, but it presents a new challenge in identifying what more potential candidates want.

“As our research shows, people are still looking for benefits that will help them navigate the tough environment that we all find ourselves in.

“Those able to offer such perks will find they have greater access to top skills in the coming months, particularly at a time when our latest Jobs Confidence Index shows that UK workers remain confident in their career prospects as we head into 2024.

“Employees recognise their increasing value in a skills short labour market and are more likely to jump ship should they be presented with better opportunities.”

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