According to a new Q4 jobs outlook by staffing firm Brilliant, 28 percent of businesses are planning to increase hiring of accountants and other finance professionals in the next 12 months; temp hiring is expected to go up by 16 percent.
According to a new forecast released on Thursday by staffing firm Robert Half, strong demand is expected next year for such professionals as staff accountants, senior financial analysts, and business systems analysts.
CFOs reported that vacant staff-level accounting or finance jobs take an average of four weeks to fill, while open management-level positions take five weeks on average to fill, according to a new Robert Half poll.
A recent study of lateral hiring trends in the accounting industry by Koltin Consulting Group found that firms are spending money for recruiting "heavyweight" partners away from their competitors as a way of accelerating growth.
Starting salaries in the accounting and finance profession are projected to increase by an average of 3.4 percent across the board in 2014, with financial and business analysts, internal auditors, and entry-level accountants among the positions that are most in demand.
Small and medium-sized businesses accounted for 102,000 of the 166,000 jobs created from August to September; however, jobs for financial activities declined during that time frame, according to the latest national employment report from ADP.