One in three accountants 'looking for new job'

Job search
By Isabelle Bell, CA Today

9 February 2016

More than a third of accountants are actively looking for a new job, according to new research.

A survey by found that 63 per cent of accountancy professionals want to find a new job within the next six to 12 months.

Just six per cent said they would like to stay at their current company for the rest of their career.

Wanting to work abroad was the top reason for accountants looking for a new role, with Western Europe (21%), North America (15%) and the Middle East (13%) the top three destinations for job-hunting accountants.

Those surveyed said their main reasons for moving abroad for work was to achieve a better work life balance (28%) and to take advantage of better career progression opportunities (26%).

Almost a quarter (24.5%) said their main reason for moving jobs was because they had not received a pay rise or promotion, while 16.9% said they didn’t like the company culture.

Nearly 10% were job hunting because they did not get on with their boss or the team they work with.

Simon Wright of said that employers may need to shake up working practices and make changes to their culture to retain “star employees”.

He said: “Bosses can’t be complacent and need to look at ways to create the best working environment – whether that is offering a structured career path to show how they can get promoted, flexible working hours or organising occasional social events for all the staff.

“Depending on the structure and size of the company, bosses could consider offering staff the opportunity to work abroad on secondment either within the company or, perhaps through an associated network."


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