Leadership skills, innovative thinking, expertise - what are  most sought-after profiles in accounting and finance?

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Despite the ongoing global pandemic, the job market remains dynamic in various industries, especially in the banking, commodity or biotechnology sectors. From our observations, salary for finance and business support positions have shown little fluctuation since 2020. This is likely due to a high market uncertainty. What’s important to mention, nonetheless, is that the pandemic has brought to light an increased demand for certain financial roles, such as tax or consolidation, for which the candidate market is scarce. These profiles are frequently headhunted, and we find that a key motivational factor for attracting or retaining them is an increase in salary.

For the release of Robert Walters Salary Survey 2022, we interviewed Marine Diorcet, Principal at Robert Walters, about the future recruitment and remuneration trends in the Accounting and Finance sector.

What do you believe will be the three biggest hiring trends of 2022?

MD: "First of all, we see a strong increase in private equity transactions. Therefore, we are frequently asked to look for financial profiles with an ability to create a qualitative bridge between investors and operational teams. In addition, there is a high demand among small and medium sized companies for finance professionals who bring their expertise on supporting and leading businesses through their digital transformation. Finally, there is still increasing demand for hybrid profiles with finance and operational backgrounds."  

Which skill sets will be in highest demand in 2022?

MD: "Considering the steady increase in private equity transactions, the market will seek experts that will help strengthen the company’s value. In addition to their expertise in cost cutting, financial partner’s priorities will be to develop and enhance the existing business. In addition, international companies based in Switzerland will increasingly look for senior finance professionals with leadership and communication skills, but also innovative thinking and a strong business acumen."

What advice would you give hiring managers looking to recruit and retain employees in 2022?

MD: "As a hiring manager, you definitely need to implement a flexible policy regarding remote working, meaning one or two days of home office per week. Nowadays, remote work is seen by most employees as a rule rather than an exception. Since certain finance professionals are already in high demand, it is crucial to provide a very qualitative recruitment process, as well as pre-boarding and onboarding processes. Moreover, hiring managers should be particularly considerate regarding the welcoming of the employee."

What do you expect will happen to salaries in 2022?

MD: "We can expect an increase in most salaries for finance professionals. In this pandemic context, they were once again able to demonstrate their agility and business partnering. In addition, if companies want to attract and retain talent, they will have to show willingness by providing stable environment and salary increases after almost two years of stagnation."

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