Accounting job vacancies rise by 15%

Job vacancies for accounting professionals rose by 15% across the UK in the third quarter of 2017 compared to the same time last year, with Brexit uncertainties driving demand for contractors, according to recruitment specialists Robert Walters UK

Phill Westcott, director at Robert Walters, said:  ‘We have seen a shift towards more employers making use of contractors to create a flexible workforce which can respond to the challenges and shifting economic conditions brought about by Brexit.

‘Professionals with niche skill sets have also been highly sought after, with technical group accountants, transactional leads and analysts in high demand.’

The firm says its data shows ongoing pressure from regulators has created significant demand in particular for regulatory specialists from financial services firms, forcing employers to contend with skills shortages and pushing up salaries and contractor day rates.

Overall, demand has been strong throughout the year for finance professionals, particularly at mid-level with employers facing significant skills shortages.

Report by Pat Sweet

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