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University leavers 'should look towards financial jobs'

Published: Wednesday, 02 June 2010   Category: Banking and Finance

Financial services firms are particularly interested in taking on new staff at present, according to a new study.

Advantage Professional noted that management accountants are in high demand, with 40 per cent of the firms it surveyed claiming that these are the hardest types of roles to fill.

In addition, the report compiled by the recruitment specialist revealed that over a quarter (27 per cent) of respondents believed that financial and business analysts possessed the most attractive skill sets.

"There's been a shortage of available high quality financial talent and a lack of job churn in the sector as, obviously due to market conditions, potential candidates have been risk averse," said David Geller, an associate director at Advantage Professional.

"The gradual move towards growth means that we're seeing a rise in demand for skill sets in forecasting, budgeting, planning and analysis."

Mr Geller also noted that over a third (34 per cent) of the companies surveyed are intending to focus on retention, often by awarding their staff additional bonuses.

Meanwhile, James Caan, of Dragons' Den fame, wrote in the Daily Telegraph last week that graduate job hunters should make their CVs "succinct and accurate".ADNFCR-1068-ID-19813354-ADNFCR

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