3 Hiring Challenges in Finance and Accounting

By Robert Half on February 16, 2018 at 12:00pm

3 Hiring Challenges in Finance and Accounting

Having a difficult time staffing a position? You’re not alone. Find out 3 reasons hiring is so complex today — and strategies to overcome each


65% of CFOs say it’s challenging to find skilled candidates for professional-level positions today.

Source: Robert Half survey of more than 2,200 U.S. CFOs


5.8 million jobs were open in December 2017, compared to 3.7 million job openings in December 2013.

And low unemployment means fewer available workers.

57% increase in job openings from 2013

Unemployment rates are even lower for skilled accounting and finance professionals

4.1% National Average Unemployment
2.0% Bookkeeping, Accounting & Auditing Clerks
1.8% Accountants & Auditors
1.0% Financial Managers
0.8% Financial Analysts

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Q4 2017.


81% of small or midsize businesses have made a hiring mistake

65% of SMBs reported problems with their hiring process

49% say hiring managers underestimate the complexity of the hiring process

It takes 17 weeks to replace a bad hire.

Source: Robert Half’s Small and Midsize Business Hiring survey


See the benefits of working with specialized staffing firm Robert Half vs. hiring job seekers from online job boards.

Online Job Boards Robert Half Benefits
X X Maintain a large database of professionals at all levels of
experience and training.
X Give you access to PASSIVE CANDIDATES: experienced pros who
aren’t actively looking yet, but might leave their jobs for your
X Help you set an appropriate salary range for your open position
in the current market
X Conduct candidate interviews.
X Assess job seekers’ soft skills – the qualities that are essential in
a good hire but are not listed on a resume.
X Provide skills-tested candidates upon request.
X Negotiate the offer.

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