Research by online UK job board, CV-Library, reveals the key skills favoured by accounting and finance employers are resilience (65.9%), the ability to adapt (63.4%%), and a willingness to upskill (43.9%).

The study, which surveyed 300 UK employers on the top skills they believe are most important in a potential hire right now, found that companies within the accounting and finance sector are keen to see candidates excelling in the following areas:

  • Resilience (65.9%)
  • Ability to adapt (63.4%)
  • Willingness to upskill (45.6%)
  • Ability to change (41.5%)
  • Ability to balance work and personal life (19.5%)
  • Networking (17.1%)

Founder and CEO of CV-Library Lee Biggins said: “Employers have a duty of care for their workers and with workplace stress and economic upheaval seeing no signs of disappearing, it’s no wonder that companies are prioritising candidates that can excel in these areas.”

According to the study, 92.5% of employers in the accounting and finance industry say they take a proactive approach to helping their employees upskill, believing that it’s important to do so for the following reasons:

  • To develop employees careers in the company (73.2%)
  • To build an internal talent pipeline (65.9%)
  • To retain top performing members of staff (58.5%)
  • To remain competitive against other companies (53.7%)
  • To help overcome nationwide skills shortages (12.2%)

Biggins added: “As human beings, it’s natural to want to feel as if we are developing in our careers and learning new skills is a huge part of this. This means employers across the industry must invest in boosting skills within their workplace: whether that’s through internal or external training or investing in new technologies.”