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Demand for skilled finance and accountancy professionals has always been high, but in recent years the recruitment market for this sector has become more competitive than ever. As such, it is vital for employers to develop a strong understanding of what motivates staff in this industry, in order to give themselves the best chance of being able to attract and retain the top talent.
To shed further light on what these professionals are looking for in a role, Sellick Partnership has carried out a survey of 650 finance and accounting professionals from the North West of England. The survey was designed to provide insights into candidates’ perceptions of the current marketplace, the factors affecting job satisfaction, and what would motivate these individuals to consider a new role.
Our findings provide an interesting indication of how finance and accountancy employers should be looking to improve their employment offering in order to meet the needs of today’s candidates.
Our group of respondents mostly included highly experienced finance and accountancy professionals, with 58% occupying permanent roles and around 85% holding an ACA, ACCA, CIMA or AAT qualification.
The survey revealed the following key findings:
The report also includes a salary guide as well as quotes from candidates we surveyed, who have discussed what they felt were the main challenges facing the finance and accountancy market. A number of recurring concerns were highlighted, giving some explanation to their disappointment.
These headline figures show that although the majority of finance and accounting professionals are happy in their roles, a significant percentage of the workforce are dissatisfied with certain aspects of their jobs - and would be willing to move in order to find what they are looking for.
Here, we break down these statistics further to provide more detailed insights into the factors that could make the difference between someone leaving a finance and accountancy role, or choosing to stay.
A significant number of professionals are not fully satisfied in their current roles
Most of the professionals we surveyed reported a good level of job satisfaction - but a number of issues may be undermining this:
The majority of professionals are open to changing roles…
With so many professionals feeling conflicted or ambivalent about their current roles, it is perhaps logical that a large percentage of finance professionals are open to looking for new roles, or are actively doing so:
Most employers realise the importance of proactive action on EDI and corporate social responsibility (CSR) policies. Our survey data indicates that many finance and accountancy professionals also place significant value on this when looking for roles:
Given the growing importance of social values to candidates, employers need to be doing more to adjust to the changing CSR and sustainability expectations they see in the modern marketplace. Potential examples of new initiatives might include a greater focus on local hiring, normalising flexible working, going paperless and selecting more sustainable suppliers.
Take a look at our blog post to learn more about how business leaders can embed sustainability and CSR at the heart of their operations.
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