UK bosses face talent shortage in finance, audit and accounting

Talent shortages persist for UK employers in the areas of finance, audit and accounting, according to a report by recruitment specialists Robert Half.

Talent shortages persist for UK employers in the areas of finance, audit and accounting, according to a report by recruitment specialists Robert Half.

The study, focusing on hiring difficulties, retention concerns and other staffing-related issues, includes responses from more than 6,300 financial leaders across 19 countries.

In the UK, particular difficulties were reported in finding skilled candidates in the areas of finance (29 percent), audit (25 percent), accounting (16 percent), and compliance (16 percent).

UK bosses were more worried than most about the possibility of losing top financial performers.

Phil Sheridan, Managing Director of Robert Half UK, commented: “It is clear from this study that finance and business leaders around the world are beginning to experience difficulties in finding the right talent. Employers are now looking at new ways to retain their top people.”

Nearly two thirds of respondents said they planned to attract top talent by increasing compensation followed by investing in training and providing opportunities for career advancement.

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