Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Kiwi accountants return home

Kiwi accountants return home

The standard of the domestic accountancy and finance candidate pool has taken a big step forward as people return to New Zealand from the UK and Australia, says recruiting experts Hays.

“The calibre of job seekers on the market has increased as people return home from the UK and Australia,” says Jason Walker, Managing Director of Hays in New Zealand.

“Often these candidates are no longer able to command the salaries abroad that they seek and so they are choosing to return home where they can secure good roles and maintain their career paths in a strong economy.

“And they are being welcomed home with good job offers. There seems to be a good level of confidence in the market, and so employers are creating opportunities to secure these skilled professionals and the big company experience they bring home with them,” said Jason.

In other trends, Hays notes that contractors are being used for work overloads, and when companies are deciding what skill set is needed in a new permanent hire.

Companies are also spending more time assessing what skills the business actually requires, rather than recruiting direct replacements.

In terms of the skills in demand in New Zealand’s accountancy & finance market, Hays offers the following top-ten list:

1. Financial Controllers – “Employers are looking for CA qualified candidates from the Big 4 with two to four years of experience in the commercial sector,” says Jason. “They want high calibre candidates who can be developed within the organization.”

2. Business Analysts – “Candidates with strong IT skills are sought to add commercial value and insight into future business planning and reporting. We are seeing new jobs created in the analytical space to add value to sales, operations, marketing and investment departments, particularly in the telecoms, utilities, FMCG and property sectors.”

3. Commercial Managers – “Industry experts with exceptional finance backgrounds are needed to add value to non-finance teams.”

4. Management Accountants – “CIMA qualified candidates who have worked in larger more complex environments and who are able to work with high volumes of complex analytics are in demand.”

5. Credit Controllers – “Credit control is being recognized as a specialist skill that requires the correct fit. As a result, there is high demand for suitable candidates who are the correct cultural fit for the business and the role.”

6. Accounts Receivable – “There is a shortage of candidates with strong Excel skills and a keen eye for detail. Accounts receivable has previously been included in more varied roles but as a result of increasing demand it has become a more specialist role.”

7. Payroll Officers – “These professionals are in consistently high demand; it is a specialist role and there is a lack of new entrants to the payroll labour market. Employers are looking for candidates with experience using Chris21 and PayGlobal systems, as well as candidates with experience in Australian payroll.”

8. Audit Intermediates and Seniors – “Within the accounting profession there is a shortage of experienced Auditors with sound knowledge of audit principles. Many good candidates leave after several years to try commerce, improve their work/life balance and expand their skill set, which is fuelling an ongoing demand for intermediates and seniors.”

9. BAS (all levels) – “Firms seek candidates who can add value to clients and help develop their businesses. There is also a need for high level candidates who are happy to continue in compliance rather than focusing solely on advisory.”

10. Corporate Finance – “With a strong economy, good candidates are needed to assist with due diligence and all aspects of transactional services and business growth,” said Jason.

Hays, the world’s leading recruiting experts in qualified, professional and skilled people.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Interest Rates: Wheeler Hikes OCR To 3% On Inflationary Pressures, Eyes Kiwi

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler lifted the official cash rate for the second time in as many months, saying non-tradable inflationary pressures were "becoming apparent" in an economy that’s picking up pace and he's watching the impact of a strong kiwi dollar on import prices. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Equity Crowd Funding Carries Risks, High Failure Rate

Equity crowd funding, which became legal in New Zealand this month, comes with a high risk of failure based on figures showing existing forays into social capital have a success rate of less than 50 percent, one new entrant says. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: NZ Migration Rises To 11-Year High In March

The country gained a seasonally adjusted 3,800 net new migrants in March, the most since February 2003, said Statistics New Zealand. A net 400 people left for Australia in March, down from 600 in February, according to seasonally adjusted figures. More>>

ALSO:

Hugh Pavletich: New Zealand’s Bubble Economy Is Vulnerable

The recent Forbes e-edition article by Jesse Colombo assesses the New Zealand economy “ 12 Reasons Why New Zealand's Economic Bubble Will End In Disaster ”, seems to have created quite a stir, creating extensive media coverage in New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Thursday Market Close: Genesis Debut Sparks Energy Rally

New Zealand stock rose after shares in the partially privatised Genesis Energy soared as much as 18 percent in its debut listing on the NZX, buoying other listed energy companies in the process. Meridian Energy, MightyRiverPower, Contact Energy and TrustPower paced gains. More>>

ALSO:

Power Outages, Roads Close: Easter Storm Moving Down Country

The NZ Transport Agency says storm conditions at the start of the Easter break are making driving hazardous in Auckland and Northland and it advises people extreme care is needed on the regions’ state highways and roads... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Computer Power Plus
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news