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How to stand out in the accounting and finance sector in 2018

rory_new“Rory’s ethos is about getting the most out of every experience and this is the foundation that Gibson Hollyhomes Recruitment is built on. He likes to be treated fairly and believes that the qualities of trust and honesty are the key to professional success. Find out more about hiring trends in 2018 by speaking to Rory or a member the Gibson Hollyhomes team.”


According to research from the UK Jobs Index, the number of accounting and finance job vacancies in the UK rose by 15% in the third quarter of 2017, making 2018 a good time to be looking for work.

If you’re thinking of a new job this year, keep one step ahead by making sure you’re aware of what hiring managers are looking for.

Stronger IT skills

A strong appetite for hiring, has also brought an increased demand for strong technical skills within the sector. Hiring managers are wanting to secure the most highly skilled professionals. Whilst technical accounting skills are a given, employers are putting a focus on excel ability. It is becoming more imperative to have the ability to use formula/statements/look-ups/pivots to become efficient and commercial.

Increased commercial awareness

The roles within finance departments have become much broader in recent years, with employers relying on finance professionals to proactively provide strategic insight and shape commercial decisions.

Senior finance professionals are becoming more focussed on reporting/forecasting to provide a commercial approach in conjunction with a day to day management accounts focus.

With the above in mind 2018 is set to see demand for the following roles:

  • Commercial Accountants
  • Financial Controller (Mixture of commercial and day to day accounts)
  • All round Assistant Accountants
  • Credit Controllers
  • Payroll Administrators (practice and industry)

Finance is integral to business function and development. Here at Gibson Hollyhomes, we have recruited into the Accounting and Finance market since 2015. This includes businesses from family-run SME’s to global law firms, all of which are based in the Manchester and Leeds areas.

Call us today and see if we can help with your job search.