Demand Across the Accounting Industry

The latest data from SEEK shows that opportunities were up year-on-year across a number of roles within the Accounting industry.

Management roles were up by 19% year-on-year, financial accounting and reporting grew by 2% and payroll was up by 21%.

David Lacire, Senior Manager – Finance Contract at Robert Walters in New Zealand, says demand for payroll talent is on the rise. “It is a hard role to recruit and there is a shortage of payroll candidates,” he says. “Clients are being very specific when it comes to recruiting payroll candidates because of systems experience and the kind of payroll knowledge they have, such as weekly, fortnightly, monthly payroll.”

Meanwhile, prospects for accounts payable roles slipped by 1% year-on-year and accounts receivable/credit control was down by 25%. External audit roles also declined by 32% year-on-year, however Lacire says candidates are still in demand. “We are seeing a healthy demand for external audit as it is still the preferred route to becoming a Chartered Accountant and we are seeing more and more candidates deciding to become qualified through this industry route,” he explains.