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10 most in demand roles in 2019

Analysts, accountants and digital marketing specialists top a list of in-demand roles in 2019, according to a national study led by recruitment specialists Robert Half.

The 2019 Salary Guide indicates that employers are intent on navigating an increasingly digitised business landscape and a shortage of key skills among the UK workforce.

The research team found that more than half of CEOs (53%) admit finding candidates with data analysis and digital skills – as well as softer skills, such as resilience, adaptability to change and critical thinking – a challenge in the current market.

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"As traditional roles become increasingly digitally-focused, businesses face a talent dilemma," explained Matt Weston, UK Managing Director at Robert Half. "They must attract professionals with the skills they need while also identifying opportunity to up-skill their existing employees.

"While attractive salary and benefits packages continue to attract and retain top talent, training and development is vital for employers to win the ongoing war for talent."

The top 10 roles and their respective pay brackets

  1. Financial Planning Analyst (£47,500 – £80,000)
    The ongoing skills shortage has intensified competition for top performers in accounting and finance, with financial planning described by 40% of CFOs as one of the hardest roles to hire for.

  2. Assistant Management/Financial Accountant (£20,000 – £35,000)
    The skillsets required for assistant accountant positions is undergoing a shift with the increased need for tech-savvy skills alongside a collaborative and communicative approach.

  3. Business Analyst (£33,250 – £54,250)
    Analysts with a desire to stay up to date with the latest IT software and platforms will be attracting the highest rate of salary.

  4. Business Intelligence Developer (£23,750 – £50,500)
    According to the survey of CIOs, 36% of respondents expressing a gap in their hiring in this role.

  5. Digital Marketing Analyst (£31,250 – £60,000)
    Data insights have become fundamental to marketing teams in assessing their true return on investment and revenue generation.

  6. HR Adviser/Senior Adviser (£23,250 – £37,250)
    HR adviser roles are set to become even more integral to business outcomes in the next year – particularly those with digital skills.

  7. Company Accountant (£32,000 – £58,000)
    Company group accountants with the right technical expertise are in growing demand.

  8. Compliance Analyst (£35,000 – £65,000)
    With GDPR compliance continuing to be a key priority for many firms, compliance analysts will continue to be in demand.

  9. Regulatory Accountant (£40,000 – £65,000)
    The financial services sector continues to receive increased scrutiny and remains highly affected by the resulting talent shortage.

  10. Finance Manager (£35,000 – £80,000)
    The specialist skills of finance managers will continue to be in-demand as businesses rely more heavily on their revenue generation and monitor their costs more closely to improve profitability.

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