The financial recruitment market is the healthiest its been in four years, according to recruitment firm Robert Half International.
Its survey of 2,739 HR and finance managers in nine countries showed that a quarter of global employers are planning to recruit finance or accountancy staff in the next six months.
Demand has increased by almost 15% since 2004, and by more than 7% since 2005, according to the study. But Ian Graves, managing director, continental Europe, said employers were concerned about hiring the right staff.
“Although the recruitment market is looking the strongest it has in years, companies are becoming very selective,” he said.
More than a quarter of UK companies are expecting to employ new finance or accountancy staff in the next six months.
Employers in Italy and the Czech Republic are the most likely to recruit new finance professionals, with about a third expecting to take on more staff.
In France, Australia and New Zealand, about 25% of employers are expecting to employ new recruits. But those in The Netherlands were the least likely, with fewer than 15% expecting to take on more staff.