November marks both the end and beginning of a journey for many of the country’s brightest young accountants. After 3.5 years in training, the most recent cohort of newly qualified accountants are ready to take the next step in their careers. While many will remain in practice and seek to progress their careers with their training firm others will be drawn by the appeals of industry or the bright lights on foreign shores. This article examines the options and opportunities available for newly qualified accountants as well as the skills that prospective employers’ value most.
The candidate driven market
It’s no secret that demand is at an all time high for accountancy and finance professionals in Ireland. Companies, large and small, throughout the country are vying to attract the highest quality talent. With candidates in such demand companies must portray a stellar brand and a culture appealing to the millennials currently holding junior and mid-level positions. While salaries will increase with the growing demand, other factors such as work-life balance, intrinsic reward and benefit packages are becoming increasingly important in attracting the top young professionals. In order to develop their business, hiring managers must act fast when the right talent comes their way. With the variety of companies hiring so broad, the demand for skill sets and talents is equally extensive. No matter what way you look at it, it’s a candidate’s market.