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Although the new post-Brexit reality has brought its fair share of economic uncertainty and regulatory upheaval to the financial services industry, accounting and finance graduates are still commanding the highest average starting salaries of any industry in the UK. If anything, compensations could rise even further if EU nationals begin to move out of the country and leave behind skill shortages in their place.

Indeed, as businesses continue their efforts to fortify themselves against the fallout from Brexit, accounting and finance employees are becoming some of the most highly demanded permanent workers in the UK. That increased demand has brought about an estimated 41% increase in overall vacancies within the sector, with a commiserate rise in salaries as well.

If you’re looking for new opportunities in finance and accounting, now seems as good a time as any to enter the fray. But before you can dive headlong into a job hunt you need to identify which skills and competencies, organizations are clamouring for the most. With that in mind we’ve compiled this list of coveted positions within the industry to help you along in your search.

Quantitative Analysts

The long-promised digital revolution has finally made its way across to the accounting and finance sector, and with that new technology has come a massive influx of financial data in desperate need of careful assessment and analysis.  Quantitative analysts ally an in-depth understanding of statistical modelling and mathematics, with a sound background in financial theory.

In a complex operating environment, institutional investors are continuing to seek out the best methods to protect and grow their fund, the multi-disciplinary competencies offered by analysts, offer the perfect fit for assessing risks and rewards behind increasingly volatile securities markets.

In 2018 “quants” command an average base salary of £65,000, making the position one of the highest paid in the UK.

Internal Accountants

While internal accounting positions might not be the most glamorous jobs on offer, they tend to be impervious to prevailing economic conditions. No matter how dire a company’s outlook may be they still require internal auditors, chartered accountants and tax specialists to oversee expenditure, revenues cash flow, and regulatory compliance.

Entry level candidates can expect to pull in a base salary of £35,000 - £45,000, while senior candidates should be looking at packages of £100,000 upwards.

Technical Experts

If you have programming skills to go with your financial background then you’re in luck. As core accounting functions like payroll become increasingly automated, hiring managers are increasingly looking for finance professionals that can act as active participants in driving organizational change. Candidates who have experience working with ERP software implementations, SaaS, SQL and of course Excel are highly coveted for the mixture of technical expertise and business management skills they can bring to an organization.

Be warned however because you’ll likely be eyed up for a central leadership position, you should bring good communication and interpersonal skills alongside your understanding of tax, accounting, governance and risk.