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What women accountants want – it's not what you think

What women accountants want – it's not what you think
Money talks when it comes to retaining talented female accounting and finance staff, with women more likely than men to stay in a job when offered a pay increase, statistics show. In fact, the prospects of a higher salary outranked greater work life balance – often touted as the key to retaining female staff.

When asked what would influence them to stay in their current job for at least another 12 months, 42% of females working in accounting and finance said an increased salary was the main factor, according to research undertaken for the 2014 Hudson Salary & Employment Insights.

 
 
 

Communication skills: the key to accounting success

Communication skills: the key to accounting success
If you think accounting is all about the numbers, you're only half right. Detailed, technical proficiency will always be a key part of the role, but those who develop strong commercial and communication skills will increase their chances of success.

Increasingly, finance professionals who use their analytical skills to tell a compelling story with numbers and influence business outcomes will be those who stand out from the pack, says Nicholas Rogers, Manager of Accounting and Finance in Brisbane for Hudson, who has been in accounting recruitment for the past eight years.
 
 
 

Men vs women in IT: what they want

Men vs women in IT: what they want
Salary is the top motivator for attracting and retaining ICT professionals, but after that, men and women who work in the sector have different priorities from each other – suggesting their staff retention also be approached in different ways, according to a new Hudson ICT infographic.

The infographic, taking data from Hudson’s research for the2014 Hudson Salary & Employment Insights, shows a larger salary is key to employee retention for both genders – 47% of male and 45% of female IT professionals said this was the single most important factor that would make them stay. From here, however, their priorities diverge.

 
 
 

The top 5 things accounting staff value in a salary package

The top 5 things accounting staff value in a salary package
Gym memberships and company cars: they were the magnet for attracting and retaining staff during the economic boom years of the 1990s and early 2000s.

But the pulling power these benefits once exuded has markedly decreased, replaced by new desires that paint a clear picture of our current economic climate.

 
 
 

Contractor vs permanent: who's more productive in ICT?

Contractor vs permanent: who's more productive in ICT?
Contractors who work in the ICT sector believe they are more productive than their permanent colleagues – although this view appears out of step with employers.

79% of people who work in contract roles in the ICT sector consider themselves more productive than permanent staff members, according to research for Hudson’s ICT Salary & Employment Insights 2014.

 
 
 

Do you think fast or slow when recruiting?

Do you think fast or slow when recruiting?
Your brain contains some 100 billion neurons and its blood vessels and transport systems stretch some 100,000 miles. Yet when it comes to the brain as a decision making tool, one Nobel Prize winner argues there are only two sides of the brain that matter.

Daniel Kahneman, psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, is the author of New York Times bestseller ‘Thinking, Fast and Slow’, a culmination of two decades of research.

 
 
 

Why new leaders often fail – and how to fix the problem

Why new leaders often fail – and how to fix the problem
From junior people managers to senior executives, research shows a surprisingly high proportion of leaders fail in their role within a short space of time.

Why do new leaders so often stumble – and what’s the most in demand method of getting them back on track?

 
 
 

The top 5 attributes I look for in an accounting and finance recruit

The top 5 attributes I look for in an accounting and finance recruit
Finding the right staff to work in an accounting and finance role takes a little more than just making sure the potential recruit has the right qualifications.

After 11 years specialising in the field, here are the top five attributes I look for in a good A&F recruit.

 
 
 

Balancing skills and cultural fit in IT recruitment

Balancing skills and cultural fit in IT recruitment
They might appear to be the perfect candidate – highly skilled on paper, interview well and both engaging and professional – but on the job and in the team, it can be a different story altogether.

Finding a balance between skills and a good cultural fit is a common dilemma across professions, and the unique skill requirements of ICT can make it even harder.

 
 
 

The top 10 things accountants want in a new job

The top 10 things accountants want in a new job

From better opportunities to better work culture, Hudson’s research into the top ten things accountants want in a new job in 2014 highlights that employers should recognise that, for the accounting and finance profession, it’s not always about the money.

In fact, it’s about far more than the money.

In the Salary & Employment Insights Accounting & Finance report this year, accounting and finance professionals stated that the most important aspect to them when looking for a new job was a higher salary (18.7% chose this as their most important aspect).

 
 
 
 

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