Everyone’s favorite time of year is here again with tax season upon us. Is there a correlation between tax season and hiring for accountants?
Wanted Analytics brings us the real data:
With tax season in the final hours, we wanted to take one more look at hiring for Accountants and Auditors to see if there was a final push in job ads for this occupation. There was quite a significant increase in hiring for this occupation in March. More than 29,000 job ads were posted online for Accountants and Auditors, a 46% increase over March of last year. This is the highest volume of jobs posted online since October 2008, when the recession was beginning.
Hiring Demand for Accountants and Auditors – 4 Year Hiring Trend
Of the 5 cities below with the highest volume of ads, all saw year-over-year increases. Not too surprisingly, New York saw the highest volume of job ads for Accountants and Auditors during March. More than 3,000 ads were posted online last month at a 54% increase compared to March of 2011. However, employers in Chicago saw the greatest growth since last year, with 57% more jobs this March than were seen last year.
Metropolitan Areas with Most Online Job Ads for Accountants and Auditors
Here are some of the most commonly advertised skills that are listed in job ads for Accountants and Auditors:
- Microsoft Office
- Internal Audit
- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- Tax planning
- Cost accounting
- Financial accounting
- Microsoft Word
- Enterprise Resource Planning Software (ERP)
With the steady increase in hiring over the past few months, it is likely that Recruiters will find accounting jobs moderately hard-to-fill. Locations that are experiencing higher than average growth in demand will see more competition and a longer time-to-fill. For example, our Hiring Scale shows that recruiters in Chicago currently keep job ads online for 6.5 weeks. Our Hiring Scale also shows some of the locations. Amarillo (Texas) is currently experiencing one of the shortest posting periods for accounting job ads – about 3.8 weeks. Recruiters in Chicago that are struggling to fill job openings may consider advertising their job openings in Amarillo and relocating talent.
Hiring Scale for Accountants and Auditors in Chicago, IL
Hiring Scale for Accountants and Auditors in Amarillo, TX