Let our industry specialists listen to your aspirations and present your story to the most esteemed organisations in the UK, as we collaborate to write the next chapter of your successful career.

See all jobs

Together, we’ll map out career-defining, life-changing pathways to achieve your career ambitions. Browse our range of services, advice, and resources.

Learn more

The UK's leading employers trust us to deliver fast, efficient hiring solutions that are tailored to their exact requirements. Browse our range of bespoke services and resources.

Read more
About Robert Walters UK

Since our establishment in 1985, our belief remains the same: Building strong relationships with people is vital in a successful partnership.

Learn more

Work for us

Our people are the difference. Hear stories from our people to learn more about a career at Robert Walters UK

Learn more

Where are finance professionals looking for jobs?

Robert Walters latest research into accounting & finance skills shortages revealed that over 8 in 10 professionals use a recruitment agency, whilst over 70% look for roles on online job boards.

However, nearly 4 in 10 finance professionals confess they have difficulty finding their next career opportunity.

For employers to reach top tier professionals, the research suggests that emerging channels will become increasingly important for employers throughout the year, as these are the mediums accounting & finance professionals are engaging with now to seek new positions.

Highlighted below are some channels adopted by accounting and finance professionals when looking for their next job opportunity, and the proportion of employers including these channels in their current recruitment strategy.

Find out how you match up with industry trends by requesting a copy of the results today.

Recruitment agencies

Recruitment agencies are well connected to local, interim finance professionals. 8 in 10 professionals within the industry currently liaise with a recruitment consultant as they tend to be able to source multiple opportunities for skilled workers, in comparison to 52% of hiring managers.

Online job boards

71% of professionals are searching for roles on online job boards, which is particularly popular for areas where talent shortages exist in junior and mid-management level positions. Only 28% of businesses are currently using this channel.


As a large number of accounting and finance professionals network on LinkedIn, 62% are searching for new opportunities through LinkedIn, both through job advertisements and utilising their current connections. Currently only a third of employers search for talent on LinkedIn.

Contracting or temporary positions

Almost half (49%) of professionals enjoy the flexibility of working within temporary, interim or contract positions whilst continuing to search for a permanent role, whilst more than 4 in 10 professionals prefer to carry out contract work independently. More than 60% of businesses look for contract resource.

Looking to other industries

A growing number of candidates (46%) are considering looking for roles in other industries where their skills might be transferrable, suggesting a level of dissatisfaction with their current employer in the accounting and finance sector.

About the research

Robert Walters, totaljobs and Jobsite surveyed almost 1,000 accounting and finance professionals across the UK to gain insight into key skill shortage trends, the potential impact of Brexit in a global market, changing candidate expectations and the recommended recruitment strategies to combat the skills gap.

Share this article

Related content

Submit a vacancy
Salary Survey
Hiring advice
Get in touch

Find out more by contacting one of our specialist recruitment consultants

Related content

View all

CFO Market Insight: A New Era

CFO headcount growth double in The North compared to London Overall compensation structures increase across the UK Finance-related activity rife within online, retail, hospitality, technology and travel Now that all restrictions are lifted – a month earlier than planned – we can see if Boris’s bold

Read More

ACA the most important qualification for employers

Over 90% of accounting and finance employers rank certifications including ACA, ACCA or CIMA as more important than experience working within the finance market, according to new industry research, Solving the UK Skills Shortage – Accounting & Finance. The latest research highlights the relative imp

Read More

Building a first class credit control team

An effective credit control function is vital to the success of any business, so finding professionals who can excel in this role should be a high priority Identifying the skills that will help a credit team to succeed can be challenging, as can attracting and retaining top talent. By developing a c

Read More

I'm Robert Walters Are you?

Come join our global team of creative thinkers, problem solvers and game changers. We offer accelerated career progression, a dynamic culture and expert training.