Accounting, finance HR managers emphasize good cultural fit
More than two-thirds of HR managers or recruiters who have responsibility in recruiting accounting and finance positions have indicated that they are planning to hire in the next six months.
- Sixty-eight percent of survey respondents indicated that they are planning to hire in the next six months, with more than half (60 percent) within the accounting and finance sector. This is down from the 74 percent indicating so in our previous report, with 49 percent of those new hires in the accounting and finance sector.
- Of the hiring taking place, 42 percent are a mix of new openings and replacement positions, while one-third are strictly new positions.
- When asked which techniques they use to recruit accounting and financial services talent, the top methods included: job boards (72 percent); referrals (68 percent); classified ads online (44 percent); social media (35 percent); recruiting firms (26 percent); and newspaper classified ads (14 percent).
- When asked which qualifications were of greatest importance when identifying the ideal candidate for accounting and finance positions, top responses included: types of work experience (86 percent); personality/cultural fit (67 percent); years of work experience (66 percent); education (64 percent); soft skills/business knowledge (47 percent); and professional certifications (32 percent).
- The highest ranked factors in recruiting accounting- and finance-oriented talent were: stability of position (92 percent); salary (88 percent); company’s reputation (87 percent); health care benefits (87 percent); opportunity for career advancement (79 percent); recognition of employees for hard work (77 percent); and corporate culture (76 percent).
- Fifty-one percent of both accounting and financial HR managers and recruiters are confident the economy will improve in the next six months, as compared to 67 percent who were confident in the spring.
- More than three-fourths (78 percent) of accounting and finance hiring managers are confident that their company’s performance will improve in the next six months, down one percentage point over the past six months.