Wednesday 26th April, 2017
According to figures from recruitment specialist Robert Walters there was a 25% increase in jobs advertised overall between Q1 of 2016 and the first quarter of 2017.
The results also found in the first quarter of 2017 the number of jobs available in the accountancy and finance sector has increased 41% year-on-year and salaries are rising
Within the accountancy and finance sector, the biggest rise in advertised jobs was for certified accountants, which saw a 14% increase. There was a 10% rise in roles for assistant accountants, and a 7% increase for finance managers.
“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”, said Marcus Blackburn, associate director, Robert Walters.
The huge increase in accountancy and finance was bettered only by jobs in the supply chain, which saw an increase in advertised roles of 43%. Banking roles also saw a jump of 33%.
The research pointed to recruitment drives from firms and the uncertainty caused by Brexit in 2016 as potential factors for the spike.
“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.” Blackburn explained.
“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.”