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Accountancy & Finance

Regardless of your age or employment history it’s never too late to start a career in finance.

The financial world is an exciting one with lots of career opportunities available. It’s not just banks and accountancy firms who need people with financial skills. Financial management is at the heart of every business, so demand for accounting and finance skills is consistently high across all sectors.

The following has been taken from the Robert Half Salary Guide 2016.

Skills and qualifications in demand:

  • ACA/ACCA/CIMA with 5–10 years’ post‑qualification experience
  • Part-qualified ACCA/CIMA and qualified AAT with management accounting skills
  • Technology and software skills in advanced Excel/SAP/Sage
  • Business partnering and communication skills: the ability to talk to senior managers in the business and manage stakeholders
  • Financial modelling

Permanent positions in demand:

  • CFOs and FDs with strategic and commercial skill sets
  • Financial controllers/business partners
  • Qualified/part-qualified management accountants
  • Credit controller/purchase ledger, sales ledger and payroll clerks

Interim / temporary roles in demand:

  • Finance transformation/system improvement experts
  • Financial reporting professionals
  • Financial planning and analysis professionals
  • Accounts assistants/credit controllers/purchase ledger clerks

Accounting and Finance Salaries (national averages) in Commerce and Industry:

  • Qualified Management / Financial Accountant (SME) - £35,250 - £42,750
  • Cost Accountant (SME) - £38,750 - £44,500
  • Credit Controller (SME) - £17,250 - £26,500
  • Assistant Accountant (SME) - £18,500 - £26,500
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