Demand for self-employed accountants is continuing to rise, as vacancies within commerce and industry rose between November 2016 and November 2017.
Findings from specialist recruiter Global Accounting Network revealed that more UK businesses are looking to employ highly skilled accountants to work on a contract basis, with future uncertainties (such as Brexit) believed to be the main reason behind the hiring plans.
Also, as businesses look to improve both the quality and visibility of information available to them, demand for FP&A specialists is growing.
Hugh Spurling, Head of Interim Services at Global Accounting Network, said, “2017 saw a strong increase in demand for interim accounting professionals and we expect this trend to continue in 2018. This can largely be attributed to external market conditions, with businesses possibly unwilling to commit to permanent headcount costs against the current landscape and choosing instead to invest in flexible resources, until there is more certainty.”
“The clients we work with continue to seek professionals to oversee transformation programmes and systems implementation, which is positive for market confidence moving into 2018. However, a rise in vacancies for FP&A is indicative of the steps businesses are taking to mitigate against future uncertainty by ensuring that they have the data they need to inform decision making and long term strategies.”
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