Regulatory changes drives demand for accounting and finance professionals - job vacancies up 7%

24 April 2017

Figures from the Robert Walters South African Jobs Index, which charts vacancy numbers posted to online platforms, shows there has been growth within the accounting and finance sector year-on-year. 

Nick Brushett, Manager, Robert Walters – South Africa comments:

“In the first quarter of 2017, the rise in the number of roles has been largely driven by poor bonuses and low annual wage increased across various sectors as a result of socioeconomic unrest. This has led to accounting and finance professionals looking for employment elsewhere”

Technical finance professionals in hot demand 

Much of demand has been driven by businesses looking for top tier equity professionals with strong technical skills in IFRS and reporting perspective to assist with the new IFRS 15 regulation changes.

Nick Brushett, Robert Walters Manager – South Africa continues:

“With IFRS 15 regulatory changes taking place, we can expect a candidate-short market for senior equity professionals as the year goes on. Organisations that are flexible in their hiring approach and those able to offer a clear potential career path and competitive pay will be more appealing to jobseekers”

About the South African Job Index

The Robert Walters South African Job Index tracks job advertisement volumes over leading job boards across the South Africa in sectors such as banking & finance, accounting, legal, and engineering.

Released on a quarterly basis, the report provides an indicative summary of recruitment activity being experienced across major national markets as well as key industry comparisons.

For more information please contact:

Nic Sephton-Poultney, Country Manager (South Africa)
Tel: +27 (0)11 881 2414

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