Accountancy hiring trends for 2012

The outlook for the accountancy and finance jobs market in 2012 is generally positive – trending in line with 2011.

Financial services and multinational companies continue to be the dominant employers in 2012.

Multinationals to SMEs

It is expected that multinational companies will continue to offer the most new job opportunities for 2012. In particular, food, as well as shared service providers and businesses that are not solely dependent on the Irish consumer for revenue. In many cases, larger businesses attempt to hire people from companies of a similar size and market sector.  Recruitment within medium sized businesses did not see the volume of roles that were expected to come onto the market in 2011.

Contract hiring

Demand for temporary and interim professionals at all levels will continue in 2012, again mainly from multinational and international organisations. However it is expected that roles for senior level finance candidates will remain limited. Companies recruiting for temporary and interim employees recruit professionals with specific experience.

Hot spots

General ledger accountants, accounting managers, treasury, internal audit and accounts receivable/payable professionals, particularly those with a second language, are in high demand.

Accountancy practice hiring trends

Finally, the increased hiring activity of accountancy firms that we saw throughout 2011 has continued into 2012. It is predicted that the majority of recruitment growth in 2012 will come from any businesses that are not solely reliant on the Irish consumer for their revenue.

The most sought-after accounting jobs in 2012 are:

  • Internal audit
  • Commercial accountants
  • General ledger accountant for SSC
  • Bi-lingual general ledger accountants
  • Bi-lingual accounts receivable/payables
  • Project accountants


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