Professional Services Monitor: Today


November 5, 2008

Public Accounting Continues to Seek Skilled Employees

Filed under: Careers — psmtoday @ 3:22 pm

In light of largely gloomy headlines in the financial sector news, the story today from, citing a Robert Half International study that finds demand for accountants remains ready, seems somewhat contrarian.

“There continues to be a shortage of public accountants CPAs,” says Kathy Downs, Recruiting Manager at Robert Half Finance & Accounting. While some corporations do not require their in-house accountants to have the CPA designation, it’s generally required in public accounting. 

“We’re seeing demand in certain areas of accounting, especially in audit,” says Scott Ruoti of Harmer Associates, an executive recruiter in Minneapolis. “Firms seem to be paying a premium for audit, as well as candidates who have experience with SEC issues.”

Furthermore, RHI’s salary guide indicates experienced professionals can expect salary increases in the range of 4.1 to 4.5%, with mid-level professionals looking at raises between 3.3 and 4.2%.