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Grad jobs news: 'Increasing demand' for accountants
Wednesday, 10 December 2008
Professional & financial services
Demand for finance professionals working in accountancy roles will continue to increase over the coming year, it has been claimed.
In news of interest to those seeking graduate jobs, the International Federation of Accountants' (IFAC) Global Leadership Survey 2008 indicates that those with capabilities in audit and assurance, accounting, tax, and advisory services will be particularly desirable to employers.
Respondents claimed that the current financial crisis had led to an increased awareness of the value of professional accountants.
The IFAC report claims that student interest in the profession has increased over the past five years, with the wide availability of career progression opportunities, earning potential and ability work internationally all said to be encouraging job applications.
Earlier this week, the Times reported that investment bank Goldman Sachs will be offering 250 graduate training places over the next 12 months.
The newspaper reported that entry-level professionals commanded a salary of between £35,000 and £40,000 per annum at the firm.