• More than four in 10 (44%) global finance leaders plan to increase base finance & accounting salaries, compared with 42% within the UK
  • A quarter (26%) of UK CFOs plan to increase staff bonuses, compared with 28% worldwide

London, 13 May, 2014 – The UK jobs market for experienced accounting and finance professionals has tightened, according to the latest global research1 from specialist recruiters Robert Half.  With many companies continuing to experience economic challenges, those UK finance leaders who plan to increase base salaries for staff, will do so by an average 6.1%, easily outpacing UK inflation by nearly four times2.

Globally, however, the UK lags behind some of the major European and global cities. Finance leaders in China are setting the pace on pay, with an expected increase on base salaries of 13.6%, followed by Hong Kong (11.4%) and Brazil (10.8%). Nevertheless, the UK is just trailing behind its European counterparts such as France (6.7%), and Germany (6.6%), each planning pay increases for existing staff.     

Looking at the proportion that plan increases, four in 10 (42%) UK finance leaders said they will raise base salary levels and over a quarter (26%) will be increasing bonuses, while half (51%) will maintain current bonus offerings, according to the research.

China is leading the way when it comes to remuneration, with 70% of finance leaders saying they plan to increase base salaries and 61% planning to increase bonuses. From an average global perspective, over four in 10 (44%) plan to increase base salaries and more than one quarter (28%) plan to increase bonuses.

2,431 global financial services CFOs/FDs were asked: What remuneration trends is your finance department currently facing:

 Increased salariesIncreased bonuses
Global average44%28%
Hong Kong69%43%
New Zealand60%31%
The Netherlands27%12%


Phil Sheridan, Senior Managing Director, Robert Half UK said: “The job market for UK accounting and finance professionals has tightened dramatically over the last couple of years, with businesses now paying a premium to recruit and retain top professionals. With organisations competing for a limited talent pool, finance professionals are in high demand, with many candidates receiving multiple offers.

“To retain business critical staff, companies need to pay competitively, as well as offer a host of other benefits, such as flexible working hours and extra holidays. Businesses that are unsure about the different types of remuneration, benefits and/or salary bands, should look to industry salary guides as a benchmark.” 


About the survey

1 The survey was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from 2,431 finance directors/CFOs in 16 countries: Australia; Austria; Belgium; Brazil; Chile; UAE; France; Germany; Hong Kong; New Zealand; Singapore; Switzerland; The Netherlands; UK; Japan and China.

21.6% - March 2014 (consumer prices index)

About Robert Half

Robert Half is the world’s first and largest specialised recruitment consultancy and member of the S&P 500. We have once again been named to FORTUNE’s “World’s Most Admired Companies®” list and remains the top-ranked staffing firm (2022). Founded in 1948, the company has over 300 offices worldwide providing temporary, interim and permanent recruitment solutions for accounting and finance, financial services, technology, legal and administrative professionals. Robert Half offers workplace and jobseeker resources at roberthalf.co.uk and twitter.com/roberthalfuk.