What is a competitive accounting and finance salary in 2020?

Competition for skilled accounting and finance professionals has steadily been increasing. Our research shows that 69% of CFOs are finding it hard to fill vacant roles as a result of the growing skills shortage. The Robert Half Accounting and Finance Salary Guide provides sector-specific insights to inform your talent strategy in 2020. Explore the average starting salaries, key finance skills and roles in demand, and popular perks and benefits being offered to secure skilled accounting and finance professionals. Download a copy of the Robert Half 2020 Salary Guide now.

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Explore the latest finance hiring trends

The interim and contract hiring market is seeing strong demand with 81% of chief financial officers relying on experienced accounting and finance talent to support their teams on a short-term basis.

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Finance salary benchmarking using percentiles

Check and compare salary levels for core accounting and finance roles across the UK to ensure you secure your desired candidate. Everything you need to inform your hiring budgets or negotiate a competitive salary is at your fingertips.

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Your comprehensive guide to 2020

We use independent research with 200 CFOs, 100 CIOs, 300 hiring managers and 2,000 professionals from across the UK, combined with our recruitment expertise to accurately depict the landscape for the year ahead. The Robert Half 2020 Salary Guide offers an extensive overview of accounting and finance hiring trends and average salaries across the UK.

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Finance and accounting trends

As more businesses invest in their systems and control functions, the demand for skilled temporary and interim accounting and finance professionals is rising.

Here are some of the latest trends impacting salaries in accounting:

More investment in systems and control functions is driving demand for interim and project professionals.
Professionals are paying more attention than ever before to flexible working, pension packages and study allowances.
The need for financial modelling expertise is growing as businesses look to improve their revenue generation and forecasting.
The energy, logistics, technology and legal sectors are seeing a rise in demand for skilled accounting and finance professionals.
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It’s no longer just enough for accountants to be ACA, CIMA or ACCA-qualified, they need to showcase their business acumen, strategic thinking and willingness to learn new technology solutions and finance systems. Candidates who are commanding the highest salaries have the full set of technical and soft-skills to deliver value.

Gareth Gage, Director, Robert Half UK
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Key salary trends for hot accounting and finance roles

With new reporting standards, tax and treasury changes, and drive to automate the finance functions, key roles within accounting and finance are seeing a rise in demand.

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

Why use the Accountancy and Finance Salary Guide

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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 a premium to secure. The salary ranges in the Robert Half Accounting and Finance 2020 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 talent; whether that be to benchmark salaries for new hires or compare the average pay for their existing employees.

About Robert Half

At Robert Half, we know that making the right match helps companies build happy and productive teams, and professionals find purpose-driven careers. We have made this our business for more than 70 years. We provide a salary guide for every market we operate in to ensure that hiring managers and professionals have the current hiring trends and salary information to make informed decisions at work.

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