About the Brilliant Accounting, Finance and Information Technology Hiring Forecast

Since 2012, Brilliant has been conducting a quarterly study on the hiring trends and economic factors impacting the accounting, finance and IT professions. Brilliant’s internal statisticians analyze data collected from human resources professionals and managers who are responsible for hiring accounting, finance and/or IT professionals throughout the Greater Chicago, South Florida and Dallas-Fort Worth labor markets on various information points related to their hiring plans for the coming quarter and beyond.


New Brilliant™ Study Reports Businesses Have an Elevated Number of Open Positions Moving into Q4 2019


AS WE ENTER THE FINAL QUARTER OF 2019, it’s important to assess how businesses plan to wrap up the year. Given a mixed economic outlook coupled with historical unemployment lows, the U.S. labor market is going through a unique time. High-quality talent remains in high demand, especially for accounting, finance and IT professionals whose unemployment numbers are even lower. Overall, businesses are reporting an elevated amount of open positions with robust plans to hiring over the next 12 months.

The Brilliant Q4 2019 Accounting, Finance and IT Hiring Forecast looks at important hiring trends and economic factors affecting the accounting, finance and IT professions. Close to 400 human resources professionals and hiring managers for accounting, finance and/or IT participated in the study between July 14, 2019, and August 18, 2019.

Last quarter, we saw 43% of businesses reporting unfilled positions in accounting and finance – and 28% reported openings in IT. The Q4 2019 hiring forecast data shows fewer open accounting and finance roles compared to last quarter and no change in the number of open IT positions being reported.