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June 17, 2022

Over a fifth of accountancy employers are seeking remote talent

Once an industry established on strong office culture, the finance profession has adapted their previous working policies to reflect the ‘new norms’ in a post-pandemic world of work.

Recruitment experts, Hays’ March 2022 Quarterly Insights Survey, which received over 9,000 respondents – with over 1,000 respondents from those working in accountancy and finance – revealed that a significant 79% of employers now offer a hybrid form of working, of which 27% offer complete flexibility, leaving it up to employees to choose how frequently they come into the office.

Perhaps slightly more surprising is the fact that over a fifth (21%) of employers surveyed stated that they would look to hire fully remote talent within the next year. As a result of the new working practices, 57% of companies are rethinking the way the workplace is used – whether that’s downsizing, offering a more collaborative workspace, or implementing hot-desking.

Karen Young, Director of Hays Accountancy & Finance, comments: “What can be drawn from our latest Quarterly Insights Survey is that an overwhelming majority of finance professionals would opt for an organisation that offers hybrid working – 62% stated that hybrid working is their preferential policy, with 23% selecting fully remote working.

Perhaps even more telling is the fact a sizeable 82% of employees positively stated that since hybrid working has been applied, their work-life balance has improved.

As competition for finance professionals continues to heat up – employers need to continually address their offering to make sure they can attract top talent. Aspects such as flexibility are almost as important as salary – so employers need to make sure they are promoting their offering.”

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