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Employment confidence continues to spike in finance and accounting sector

August 20, 2013 | Posted at 9:30 am

Confidence in the accounting and finance job market remains high, according to a recently released quarterly survey by Harris Interactive.

The report, which was conducted among 173 accounting professionals over selected days in April, May and June, showed that 31 percent of those already working in the industry believe that opportunities will present themselves before the end of the years, with 43 percent stating that they were confident of finding a new job if required.

With the employment market for accounting and finance workers believed to be aggressive at the moment, 38 percent of respondents claimed that they would be looking for a new position within the next year, a sign perhaps that the U.S. economy is continuing to recover. However, 56 percent of those surveyed reported that they would be unlikely to start a job search, while 15 percent of interviewees revealed that they were not confident about finding a new position.

In terms of the economy itself, 42 percent of those surveyed thought that it was getting stronger, a 12 percent rise from a similar survey conducted in the first financial quarter of 2013. The report also noted that the majority of movement in the accounting and finance job market was centered around insurance underwriting and financial analysis, although there was a “major spike in transactional based accounting searches, technical accounting, domestic tax, and audit searches at the analyst, accountant, and manager levels.”