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Majority of CFOs say finance pros hard to find

February 07 2013

A survey of chief financial officers by Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE: RHI) found 59 percent believe it is at least somewhat challenging to find skilled financial professionals such as financial analysts and senior accountants.

Five percent said it was “very challenging” and 37 percent said it was “not challenging.”

“Companies are looking for financial staff who can manage fundamental accounting needs, prepare their organizations for growth and ensure they are in compliance with regulatory requirements,” said Paul McDonald, senior executive director at Robert Half. “However, hiring accounting and finance professionals has become increasingly competitive. The unemployment rates for many financial positions remain below the national average, resulting in candidate shortages in some specialties.”

Key accounting and finance positions experiencing particularly strong demand, according to the 2013 Salary Guide from Robert Half, include:

  • Financial analysts
  • Business systems analysts
  • Senior accountants
  • Internal auditors
  • IT auditors
  • Cost accountants
  • Compliance officers
  • Controllers

The survey included 1,400 CFOs from a stratified random sample of U.S. companies with 20 or more employees.

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