Accounting and Finance Salary Guide


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The Robert Half 2016 Salary Guide contains starting salary information for accountancy and finance professionals throughout the UK and is the definitive resource for the most up-to-date salaries and hiring trends. It also contains:

  • Key trends affecting financial hiring
  • Skills and attributes in demand
  • Permanent, temporary and interim hiring trends

You can read highlights from the 2016 Salary Guide below but download your copy today for the most comprehensive guide to accountancy remuneration trends - from bookkeeper and financial analyst salaries to qualified accountant salaries and many more. Or try our salary calculator for a quick view of how much you're worth.


The Hiring Climate

Accounting and finance skills are in increasingly short supply. Organisations are looking for high-quality candidates who can partner with the business to drive productivity and help improve technology-enabled process change. A wide range of requirements from finance directors is helping to tighten the supply of top candidates, and 92% of CFOs find it challenging to find skilled finance professionals. They cite a lack of niche, technical experts available in the market as the reason for the shortage.

Skills in Demand

  • ACA/ACCA/CIMA with 5–10 years’ post-qualification experience
  • Part-qualified ACCA/CIMA with management accounting skills
  • Technology and software skills in advanced Excel/SAP/Sage
  • Business partnering and communication skills
  • 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/temp Positions in Demand

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

Salary Trends

The growth in salaries and other remuneration for accounting and finance roles continues to follow its upward trajectory. Businesses are prepared to pay higher salaries for the right candidates, though some budgetary constraints are still in place as recovery takes hold. Another noteworthy trend is for strong part-qualified candidates to be offered market rate salaries or even higher, as companies look to hire candidates who are looking to advance and grow with the company.


Regional Variances

London accounting salaries are on average a third higher than the national average.

  • Scotland: 98.4%
  • North East England: 90.0%
  • North West England: 92.9%
  • Yorkshire: 91.9%
  • East Midlands: 91.8%
  • West Midlands: 92.8%
  • East of England: 97.9%
  • London: 129.0%
  • South East England: 106.0%
  • South West England: 90.3%
  • Wales: 89.5%



Interim Solutions

Interim roles are an effective way for businesses to fulfil short-term or variable requirements. In a tighter market, they become even more important as permanent staff are in shorter supply, particularly at C-suite and management level. Ninety per cent of UK HR directors agree that over the next five years temporary and interim professionals will play a greater role alongside permanent employees.

Regional Salaries

Local Salary Information

Check out our slide presentations covering local salary and hiring trends for accounting and finance jobs in 2016. These quick slide shows cover London salaries plus hiring trends and salary information for Bristol, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds and Manchester.

If you're looking to compare salaries in the UK or benchmark salaries for your finance team, take a look at our regional salary trends slide shows now.

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Our salary data can help you prepare for your next salary review or performance appraisal, or when you are negotiating a pay rise. Try it out and see what you could be earning in 2016.


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