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Finding Hot Spots For Finance Job-Seekers

Finding Hot Spots For Finance Job-Seekers
 
Robert Half names the top five hottest jobs in the finance world
 
Despite official figures announcing an end to the recession, employers remain cautious about increasing their staffing levels. 
 
In order to help accounting and finance professionals navigate their way through this slow recovery, Robert Half, the specialist recruitment firm, has released the Robert Half Salary Guide 2010, which identifies where the hottest jobs in the finance world are likely to be over the coming months.
 
Clive Davis, Director Robert Half UK, said: As we move into a recovery period the need for expert accounting and finance professionals to help companies navigate through this economic climate is critical. Rather than opening up the floodgates, employers are formulating recruitment strategies that will include hiring into positions that will establish appropriate staffing levels within their business.  Our guide will help finance job seekers to position themselves in the right light for this demand.
 
Robert Halfs five hottest finance jobs are:
 
Financial Accountant: Financial reporting is a key specialism that will be expected of this role, together with commercial skills and a need to be more strategic and central to organisational control and effectiveness. On average, a financial accountant in the UK can expect to earn between 30,000 to 37,000 if working at an SME (private and PLC) or 33,500 to 41,500 at a large company (private and PLC).
 
Financial Planning & Analysis Manager: Many chief finance officers and finance directors consider that planning, forecasting and budgeting skills will be particularly sought after in the coming months. Decision support and performance management also form essential functions of this role. On average, a financial planning & analysis manager in the UK can expect to earn between 43,000 and 50,000 if working at an SME (private and PLC) or 50,000 to 62,500 at a large company (private and PLC).
 
Assistant Accountant: The demand for transactional support means that, at part-qualified level, this role has grown in importance. This is particularly true of smaller businesses who see these skills as core to their development as they look ahead. On average, an assistant accountant in the UK can expect to earn between 20,000 and 26,000 if working at an SME (private and PLC) or 21,000 to 27,500 at a large company (private and PLC).
 
Cost Accountant or Financial Analyst: Companies need professionals who can contribute to the bottom line by reducing inefficiencies and enhancing profitability. Therefore, those who can manage budgets and cost-related processes, and can assess the viability and stability of a business, are in demand. On average, a cost accountant / financial analyst in the UK can expect to earn between 31,000 and 38,500 if working at an SME (private and PLC) or 36,000 to 44,000 at a large company (private and PLC).
 
Compliance Manager or Risk Manager: Risk management will be a foremost focus of the changing demands on finance workers in business. The increasing importance of corporate governance and compliance is an area that many in the financial world believe tops the list, especially given the origins, nature and impact of the economic downturn. On average, a compliance / risk manager in the UK can expect to earn between 40,500 and 49,500 if working at an SME (private and PLC) or 50,000 to 62,500 at a large company (private and PLC).
 
The Robert Half Salary Guide 2010 provides a forecast of average salaries for finance and accounting professionals at SMEs and larger organisations in six regional locations across the UK (London & South East, Midlands, North, Scotland, South Coast and South West). For clarity and ease of comparison, the salary ranges listed in this guide reflect average salaries. The salary ranges listed in this alert have been compiled by taking the average salary across the six regions. For further details or to download the guide, please visit www.roberthalf.co.uk

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