Robert Half International Identifies High-Demand Accounting and Finance


MENLO PARK, CA — Many accounting and finance professionals will have
something to smile about when the new year arrives — especially those pursuing
opportunities in the hottest specialties. Robert Half International recently
spotlighted five jobs positioned for growth in the upcoming year. The
information is based on research gathered for the company’s 2008 Salary

“Demand remains strong for highly skilled accounting and finance
professionals, particularly those whose functional expertise is complemented by
excellent communication and technology skills,” said Max Messmer, chairman and
CEO of Robert Half International and author of Job Hunting For
®, 2nd Edition (John Wiley & Sons,

Following are five of the most in-demand positions for 2008, according to
Robert Half International:

  • Internal auditor — Companies seek internal auditors,
    particularly those who possess the certified internal auditor designation, to
    help improve internal control over financial reporting and meet the compliance
    mandates of regulations such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. National average
    starting salaries for internal audit managers at large companies (more than $250
    million in sales) are expected to climb 6.7 percent in 2008, to
    a range of $81,500 to $109,500 annually.
  • Senior accountant — Senior accountants with at least three
    years of experience and public accounting expertise are sought to perform core
    accounting tasks, including maintaining the general ledger system and analyzing
    and preparing financial statements. The greatest gains in starting compensation
    for senior accountants are expected at midsize companies ($25 million to $250
    million in sales), with starting salaries projected to rise 5.4
    over 2007 levels, to between $49,250 and $63,000 per year, on
  • Hedge fund accountant — Hedge fund accountants must have
    contributed to the production of client portfolio statements and net asset value
    calculations for hedge fund clients. Professionals who possess three to seven
    years of experience in fund administration or investment management will see
    starting salaries rise 6.5 percent, to a range of $46,250 to
  • Financial analyst — As firms expand, companies need
    financial analysts to assist with budgeting, forecasting and financial modeling.
    Demand for these professionals is especially acute at the management and senior
    levels. Base pay is forecast to jump 5.8 percent for managers
    with large companies, to between $74,750 and $99,000. Average starting salaries
    for entry-level professionals at large companies are expected to rise
    6.9 percent, to between $38,250 and $47,500 annually.
  • Public accountant — Demand continues to grow for public
    accountants as firms look for professionals to deliver diverse service
    offerings. Average starting salaries for senior managers and directors at
    midsize firms are projected to increase 7.7 percent in the year
    ahead, to between $88,250 and $129,250. At small firms (up to $25 million in
    sales), professionals with one to three years of experience can expect a
    7.7 percent increase in average starting salaries, to a range
    of $44,750 to $53,250.

The 2008 Salary Guide from Robert Half International is based on an
analysis of the thousands of job placements managed by the company’s U.S.
offices and includes an overview of the hiring environment and national average
starting salary ranges for positions in accounting, finance, banking and
financial services. To learn more about the 2008 Salary Guide and order
your complimentary copy, visit

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