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Brilliant Q1 2019 Accounting, Finance & Information Technology Hiring Forecast

Since 2012, Brilliant, an award-winning search, staffing and management resources firm specializing in accounting, finance and information technology, in partnership with Dr. Richard Curtin, Director, Surveys of Consumers at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan), has been conducting a quarterly study that analyzes the hiring trends and economic factors impacting accounting, finance and information technology professionals.

The comprehensive study includes data collected from human resources professionals and other hiring managers surveyed throughout the Greater Chicago and South Florida labor markets. The majority of individuals surveyed are responsible for hiring accounting, finance and/or information technology professionals within manufacturing, distribution, health care, consumer products, financial services, professional services, retail, real estate, insurance, technology, consumer goods and nonprofit organizations, among other industries.


Brilliant Reports a New Five-Year High for Open Accounting and Finance Positions Going into Q1 2019
Information Technology positions remain elevated and temporary employment spikes


AS WE ENTER THE FIRST QUARTER OF THE LAST YEAR OF THE DECADE, it’s important to assess how businesses plan to start 2019. Despite recent economic uncertainties, we are experiencing one of the tightest labor markets in U.S. history. Unemployment rates are at record-lows and qualified accounting, finance and information technology (IT) professionals remain in high demand. Further, businesses are reporting record-high plans to hire accounting, finance and IT professionals in Q1 2019 and beyond.

The Brilliant Q1 2019 Accounting, Finance and Information Technology Hiring Forecast, produced with Dr. Richard Curtin, Director of Consumer Surveys at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan), determines important hiring trends and economic factors affecting the accounting, finance and IT professions. More than 200 human resources professionals and hiring managers responsible for hiring accounting, finance and/or IT talent participated in the study.

The survey was open from October 23, 2018, through November 7, 2018.

Last quarter, we saw 48 percent of businesses report unfilled positions in accounting and finance, and 43 percent report openings in IT – marking a five-year high. Now, those numbers are even higher for accounting and finance, and are still elevated for IT. As a result, higher wages and benefits are necessary for hiring companies to attract qualified talent for their teams.

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