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Confidence among U.S. finance and accounting workers spiked nearly 10 points from the previous quarter to 63.1, the highest since 2007, according to the Finance and Accounting Employee Confidence Index conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of The Mergis Group.
The study, which surveyed 173 U.S. finance and accounting workers (ages 18 and older) in April, May and June, 2013, also found that these workers’ outlook on the economy is brightening. The Index encompasses employee attitudes and sentiment around the economy, job market, job security, employers and in their ability to find a new job.
Where Are The Hot Jobs?
“We are seeing a lot of movement in the finance and accounting space, particularly in areas such as insurance underwriting and financial analysis,” said Steve McMahan, President of Randstad Finance & Accounting, Randstad Human Resources, Accountants International and The Mergis Group. “We’ve also seen a major spike in transactional based accounting searches, technical accounting, domestic tax, and audit searches at the analyst, accountant, and manager levels.”
Positive Signs: More Finance and Accounting Workers Say The Economy Is Picking Up
Forty-two percent of finance and accounting employees believe the economy is getting stronger, rising 12 percentage points from the first quarter of 2013. The number of finance and accounting workers who believe the economy is getting weaker took a steep, 16-percentage-point drop, from 32 percent in Q1 2013 to 16 percent in Q2.
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