2018 recruitment trends/2018年招聘趋势
While the landscape for the accountancy profession will be defined in 2018 by significant ongoing disruption and evolution (for example, automation, the changing role of the accountant, finance transformation), trainee accountants will enjoy at least one trend that has shown little sign of slowing in recent years – they will remain in high demand.
Talent war (…continues to rage)
‘Over the last 18–24 months, I feel that the momentum has shifted towards candidates,’ says Chidozie Ononeze, consultant, accountancy and finance recruiter at Investigo. ‘For example, we see multiple offers at interview stage and frequent counter offers from their existing firms. This has enabled candidates to dictate the process. Employers who have protracted and elongated hiring processes could really struggle to secure their first-choice candidates.’
And the skills shortage is expected to continue into 2018, says Matt Weston, director at Robert Half UK: ‘Our latest research has found that the majority of CFOs are finding it challenging to identify and attract skilled accounting and finance professionals.’
技术短缺的趋势预计在2018年仍将持续，英国猎头公司Robert Half董事Matt Weston说道，“我们最新的研究发现大多数首席财务官表示发现和吸引技术过硬的财会专业人士非常困难。”
Get the skills, win the war
CFOs are struggling to find candidates with the right combination of skills. ACCA remains in high demand, but if you can combine your qualification with good soft skills – for example, communication, leadership, relationship management, project experience – as well as the right cultural fit, which means sharing a company’s values and being able to integrate into its workforce, then you will really stand out from the crowd.
Employers don’t just want their employees to feel valued and engaged, they’re now also caring more about their happiness. For example, according to Robert Half, UAE-based CFOs expect to see workplace stress increase, so they’re committing to initiatives to engage their employees and ‘help keep happiness levels high’. Which is good considering job satisfaction can directly impact the bottom line.
‘Work/life balance is now listed alongside salary and benefits as a major influencer when choosing a company,’ says Ononeze. ‘Professionals want guaranteed flexibility from prospective employers. We expect to see work/life balance become even more of a factor in candidates making their decisions when deciding between roles.’
Furthermore, it appears that accountancy and finance professionals care less about salary and more about the total package, which increasingly includes work/life balance plug-ins such as gym membership, study support, flexible working and healthcare alongside a base salary.
The unstoppable advance of technology
‘There is no doubt that advances in technology are changing the nature of opportunities available within finance,’ says Lee Owen, senior business director at Hays Accountancy & Finance.
“毫无疑问，科技的进步正在改变财会行业的机遇，”瀚纳仕(Hays Accountancy & Finance)公司高级业务总监Lee Owen说道。
‘As potential new threats to businesses continue to be felt and organisations automate processes and attempt to mitigate the risk of possible cyber security breaches, there is a corresponding demand for finance professionals to work in audit, risk and compliance, including IT audit. Salaries in these areas reflect the high demand and candidates with demonstrable knowledge of data, information security and general controls are highly attractive to employers.’
For accountants, who read in newspapers that their profession is one expected to be significantly impacted by AI and ‘the rise of the robots’, the reality is that new technology is a career-defining opportunity.
‘AI is taking on audit roles at large global firms and cloud-based technology has replaced many transactional accounting functions. Meanwhile, blockchain and shared ledgers are reducing the need for account reconciliation and providing real-time insights into businesses,’ says Linda Hudson, senior consultant, accounting and finance at Hudson.
‘However, rather than putting accounting professionals at risk, automation is creating greater demand for candidates with analytical skills to provide deeper business insights.’
Strive to specialize
With technology, innovation, automation and offshoring continuing to transform the role of the accountant in the modern workplace, specialising is a way to remain relevant and future proof your career.
‘Understanding and developing your passion for a particular field will help shape your purpose, which is important to a prospective employer’
‘We’re noticing a trend for graduates studying dual degrees, combining accounting with technology or mathematics or data science,’ says Hudson. She highlights that primarily graduates and trainee accountants should aim to gain a variety of skills, but to keep specialising in mind for the future.
‘Understanding and developing your passion for a particular field will help shape your purpose, which is important to a prospective employer.’
Equally specialist is the rise of high growth start-ups which, as an accountant, if you can be part of such enterprises will only increase your value and employability in this niche but valuable area.
‘This has been a developing trend in 2017 and set to continue into 2018,’ says Ononeze. ‘Often fast-paced and rapidly evolving, these provide an attractive alternative to blue chip firms. The chance to be part of creating a successful business is a big pull for accountancy professionals.’
原文摘自 ACCA Student Accountant杂志