Accounting and finance

Hiring trends and average salaries

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How much should I pay — or earn?

Looking for top accounting and finance talent? Explore the average starting salaries, key finance skills and roles in demand, and popular benefits and rewards being offered to secure skilled accounting and finance professionals. Download a copy of the Robert Half 2021 Salary Guide now.

What the job's worth?

The guide breaks down pay ranges into percentiles, giving you more detail about every accounting and finance position, from entry-level to C-suite. Check and compare starting salary levels for core roles across the UK to ensure you have everything you need to secure your desired candidate or negotiate a competitive salary a new job offer.

What does it take to land top talent?

The Robert Half 2021 Salary Guide offers an extensive overview of accounting and finance hiring trends and average salaries across the UK. Is your package on par with the competition?

What’s impacting hiring and compensation?

Find out what skills are in short supply, how businesses are utilising temporary workers and how adapting to new hiring trends can help you land — and keep — top talent.

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Accounting and finance hiring trends

While some industries are hiring less than previous years, certain sectors such as manufacturing, retail and logistics are still showing high demand for financial expertise. To ensure businesses are securing the most sought-after accounting and finance professionals, remuneration packages are likely to be more benefit led. Download the Robert Half 2021 Salary Guide to learn more about accounting and finance hiring trends.

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Key salary trends for hot accounting and finance roles

While some businesses have been forced to reduce hiring due to the economic climate, there is an unprecedented level of demand for cash management professionals including credit controllers and purchase ledger clerks. The drive to automate finance functions and adopt cloud-based solutions has also produced an increased demand in key roles for accounting and finance professionals with modelling and analysis skillsets

Explore the hiring trends and average salaries across the UK for these key accounting and finance roles:

Skills most in demand

Accounting and finance professionals with specialised technical skills and sought-after soft skills can sometimes negotiate higher salaries than others in today’s hiring market.

Technical skills

  • ACCA/CIMA/ACA newly qualified (≤ 5 years' experience)
  • ERP/SAP expertise
  • Data analysis/forecasting
  • Process and control implementation experience
  • Cloud-based software system expertise (Xero, Sage, Netsuite)
  • Financial modelling

Soft skills

  • Commercial awareness/business acumen
  • Business partnering
  • Negotiation

Why use the Accountancy and Finance Salary Guide

Our recruitment consultants speak with hundreds of business leaders and professionals every day. This gives us unique insight into what candidates are looking for in a job offer, and which skills employers need to pay competitive finance salaries to secure. The salary ranges in the Robert Half Accounting and Finance 2021 Salary Guide are based on the thousands of placements made by our recruitment consultants across the UK.

Managers use our salary guides to ensure they are offering competitive salary packages to attract and retain top talent; whether that be to benchmark salaries for new hires or compare the average pay for their existing employees.