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Brilliant Q4 2018 Accounting, Finance & Information Technology Hiring Forecast

Since 2012, Brilliant, an award-winning 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™ Study Finds Number of Open Accounting, Finance and IT Positions at a Five-Year High
Accounting, Finance and Information Technology professionals remain in high demand


AS WE ENTER THE FINAL QUARTER OF 2018, it’s important to assess how businesses plan to round out the year. Given a mixed economic outlook for 2019 by some, it’s an appropriate time to assess the health of the labor market. Still, we are experiencing the lowest unemployment numbers in history and qualified talent remains in high demand.

Overall, businesses are reporting a record-high number of accounting, finance and information technology open positions, and plans to fill those roles during Q4 2018 and beyond.

Last quarter, we saw 37 percent of businesses with accounting and finance openings and 35 percent with information technology (IT) vacancies. For the coming quarter, the numbers have spiked. Of the human resources professionals and hiring managers surveyed, 48 percent reported unfilled positions in accounting and finance, and 43 percent reported openings for IT – a five-year high.

As a result, higher wages and benefits are necessary for hiring companies to attract qualified talent for their teams.

The Brilliant Q4 2018 Accounting, Finance and Information Technology Hiring Forecast, produced with Dr. Richard Curtin, Director, Surveys of Consumers at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan), determines important hiring trends and economic factors affecting the accounting, finance and information technology professions. Close to 200 human resources professionals and hiring managers responsible for hiring accounting, finance and/or IT talent, participated in the study. They were surveyed between July 10, 2018, and August 1, 2018.

For the full Brilliant Q4 2018 Hiring Forecast, submit the form below.

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