A study by Hudson reveals that accounting and bookkeeping skills are among the most sought-after by employers. ‘Management, accounting & budgeting’, ‘business services and corporate advisory’, ‘analysis and reporting’, ‘accounts receivable/credit control’, ‘accounts payable’ and ‘financial managers & controllers’ also made the top 10.
The study surveyed over 2000 employers and 1300 employees earlier this year, to find out hiring intentions and attitude to work. Results foresee an optimistic job market for the second half of the year, with at least a third of employers reporting plans to increase hiring, a net effect of 22 per cent, higher than the last four years.
Executive general manager for Hudson Australia & New Zealand, Dean Davidson, observes that despite current uncertain and confusing economic and political scenes, “employers are getting on with the job at hand and investing in the people they need to grow their business.”
On the other hand, results regarding employees’ attitudes towards work show workers feel “let down” by inadequate training initiatives – which could be one of the reasons why 44 per cent of employees are actively looking for work elsewhere, and only 24 per cent of workers surveyed were happy to stay with their current employer.
The high number of employees looking for employment options or at least open to new opportunities (32 per cent) shows that professionals are aware of the healthy job market and are taking action. What this means for current employers, is that if they don’t implement better retention programs, they might face a wave of departures in the near future.