Human resources

CFOs are still concerned about talent, and that’s potentially good news for workers with specialized skills.

Nearly 60% of U.S. CFOs consider it a challenge to find skilled financial professionals, according to a Robert Half International survey. Fifty-four percent said it was “somewhat challenging” to find skilled workers in finance, and 5% said it was “very challenging.” That’s up slightly from September 2012, when 58% of CFOs said it was challenging to find skilled financial professionals.

“It’s a tale of two job markets,” said Paul McDonald, Robert Half senior executive director. “The broad-based media would lead you to believe that, with [U.S.] unemployment above 7%, there’s a plethora of people to pick from. But when you dig in, there’s a war for talent in the finance arena.”

Workers with specific expertise remain in demand, and because there are fewer of them, they often command higher starting salaries. For instance, Robert Half said that demand remains strong for the internal audit role.

Companies are looking in particular for analysts who are CPAs and can turn financial data into business recommendations.


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