Accounting and finance professionals have always enjoyed a healthy jobs market in Melbourne.

But, like any industry, what employers are looking for when it comes to specific skills and experience is always changing.

Each new trend not only creates a high demand for a specific group of candidates but also opens up other unexpected gaps in the market.

Here are the top four accounting skills and qualities that our clients are looking for right now.

1. Strong technical accountants

We’re seeing an increasing demand for strong technical accountants, particularly those with big-4 company experience looking to make their first move into commerce.

Employers are also increasingly asking us for candidates with experience working within listed commercial businesses.

2. High volume end-to-end accounts payable roles

People with experience managing accounts payable processes at a high volume are highly sought after at the moment. However, employers aren’t just looking for end-to-end experience; they want people who are passionate, efficient, and customer-focused.

3. Career credit control and accounts receivable professionals

We’re also seeing a shortage in candidates that come from pure credit control and accounts receivable backgrounds. With demand for people with strong data analysis skills increasing, people are focusing on broadening their skills and exploring new career avenues. As a result, we’re seeing a shortage in career credit control/AR candidates – and our clients still need them!

4. Payroll assistants, officers, and specialists

This last one will come as no surprise, as payroll professionals are always in short supply, particularly in Melbourne. Recently we’ve experienced an increase in hourly rates amongst payroll candidates, as competition for their service is fierce.

We’re currently offering a generous referral fee for experienced payroll staff, so if you know someone, feel free to get in touch.

2018 accounting and finance salaries

Salaries for accounting and finance professionals are also healthy across the board. To make sure you’re getting the remuneration you deserve, check our 2018 salary guides.