Hiring Plans for Accounting, Finance, and IT Roles Spike Going into Q3 2017

A new hiring forecast released by Brilliant—a search, staffing, and management resources firm—studies the hiring trends and business factors affecting accounting, finance, and information technology (IT) professionals in the greater Chicago and south Florida labor markets.


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Brilliant’s Q3 2017 Hiring Forecast data indicates businesses are reporting widespread openings in accounting and finance while the number of open IT positions has doubled since last quarter.

The study finds 41% of businesses (slightly down from 46% last quarter) reported openings in full-time, permanent accounting and finance positions, and 39% (almost double the 20% reported last quarter) indicated vacant full-time, permanent positions in IT. Further, one-in-four companies reported plans to increase their hiring of accounting and finance professionals and one-in-six planned to increase the hiring of IT professionals during the year ahead.

“For accounting and finance positions, 41 percent of human resources professionals and hiring managers reported one or more opening, down from 46 percent in the Q2 2017 hiring forecast, and above the 35 percent recorded in the Q3 2016 hiring forecast,” explained Dr. Richard Curtin, Director, Surveys of Consumers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan—in a press release. “Unfilled information technology positions significantly increased—doubling from 20 percent last quarter to 39 percent,” Curtin added.

“Our study brings important insight into the future of accounting, finance and information technology professions, and the overall health of the labor market. We remain optimistic that the widespread open accounting and finance positions and the spike in open information technology positions indicates continued growth given the recent unpredictable performance of the economy,” said Brilliant CEO Jim Wong, CPA (Inactive).

The survey was conducted between April 18, 2017, and May 1, 2017. Nearly 800 Human Resources professionals and hiring managers participated in the study. To download the Brilliant Q3 2017 Accounting, Finance, and Information Technology Hiring Forecast, click here.

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