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Accountancy & Finance - Public Sector

April - June 2014

Hotspots

 

Management Accountants – Public sector employers are looking for professionals with strong budgeting experience within the Government sector. Management Accountants with strong written communication skills are also sought to help write budget papers.

 

Financial Accountants – Candidates with knowledge of the Department of Finance reporting requirements (including FMA and PBS) are in great demand as various Government Departments need to back fill essential reporting staff who are taking VR opportunities.

 

Business Analysts – These candidates are sought in Queensland where the State Government is undergoing a review process on ways to be more efficient and cost effective. As a result, Analysts are needed who possess a strong focus on costing.

 

Auditors - State Governments are increasing their audit expertise prior to year end. In many cases, the recruitment process commenced in December and is still ongoing.

 

Generic Accountants - Small not-for-profit Accountants are again sought. Employers are looking for all-rounders with MYOB skills and either a CA or CPA.

 

Assistant Accountants/Finance Officers - Many employers are preparing their budgets for the 2014/15 financial year. When gaps in staff resources exist, they are looking for strong Assistant Accounts or Finance Officers to maintain the AP/AR and general transitions.

 

Accounts Receivable – As various governments and organisations act to minimise their debts, we have seen an increased focus on collections. In turn, AR Clerks are in high demand. 

 

Accounts Payable – Candidates with electric scanning and high volume invoicing experience are in high demand.

 

Collections Officers – Skilled Collections Officers with high call volumes experience are sought.

 

Payrollers - Candidates with systems implementation or project experience are needed as employers seek to improve processes and reduce workloads by moving towards a more automated system. Candidates in payroll are now required to possess strong technical abilities in automated processes, management and implementation. Specific systems experience is sought, with no flexibility from employers.

 

Kronos experts – Many employers are running projects to upgrade their time and attendance systems. They are moving away from manual timesheet entry towards employee self service online systems.

 

Trends

 

Recruitment activity has increased and employers in some states are lifting recruitment freezes that have been in place for up to 18 months. Often such employers are now recruiting for multiple roles. This trend is evident across state and local government as well as the not-for-profit sector.

 

There is a trend towards contract as opposed to permanent recruitment, in many instances because roles are newly created and the employer wants to trial the position for six months to ensure there is a genuine need.  

 

The approaching budget, tax and audit seasons will further add to recruitment activity this quarter.

 

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