Accountants and finance staff happy in their work

The high satisfaction rating is consistent across all age bands, according to a survey of more than 800 finance staff carried out by Robert Half International, the worldûs largest specialist recruitment consultancy.

However, more than 85% of those responding believe that the role of the accountant is changing, with broader-based business skills being in demand. This is reflected by a desire by many professionals to use their training to pursue careers in general business management.

Although finance staff now spend an average of only 3.3 years in each job, there is no great desire to switch professions. If they had not been accountants, respondents’ second choice would be the legal profession (12%), medicine (11%) and marketing (11%).

Accountants are also looking to retire early, with two out of five expecting to retire by the age of 55 and three-quarters by 60. A healthy minority (14%) are looking to give up full-time work by the age of 50.

Steve Carter, Managing Director of Robert Half International, said the status and image of accountants was changing and they were being seen as crucial to business success.

‘Such high levels of job satisfaction indicate that the finance function provides an enjoyable and rewarding working environment,’ he said.

‘Finance professionals work at the core of most organisations and have regular contacts with senior managers in marketing, sales and human resources.’

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