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Show me the money!

Accountants have come clean and admitted that money is the key driver for many of them who are looking to switch jobs.

July 2017

The latest Hays ‘What Workers Want’ survey found that over 50% of respondents were expecting a higher salary when they moved jobs. But, almost as equally important (46%), is a more challenging role and better long-term opportunities (43%).
That said, 57% of respondents said they would be prepared to take a pay cut in order to work for an organisation that has a better cultural fit for them.
Accountants still see analytical skills as the most important attribute to have to be successful. This is closely followed by good communication and time-management skills.
The survey also found that not everyone wants to be a CEO or CFO. Just 19% of respondents said they hoped to reach this level in their career. The vast majority of accountants would be content to make it to the senior management level (46%).
Interestingly, some 92% of respondents believe that the prospect of Brexit will not change their career ambitions.
Hays Accountancy and Finance director Karen Young said: “Pay is certainly a key motivator for PQs and organisations cannot bypass that. A competitive salary is a must, but employers can help to retain and attract talented individuals by looking at some other factors without stretching their budgets further.”

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