Compliance hiring remains steady over the years, with high demand for professionals with experience in financial crime, fraud, and business compliance. This is attributable to the continued focus on the financial institutions from the various regulators.
Given the competitiveness of the industry, it has been an uphill battle for many companies, who require candidates with specific skills set. Many hiring managers are looking beyond technical knowledge for compliance roles. Whilst understanding the regulations and policies are important, soft skills to successfully face off to internal and external stakeholders are equally important to get the job done.
The internal audit market has been evolving over the years due to changing business landscapes, increased regulatory scrutiny, and advancements in technology. Organizations are adopting a more integrated approach to assurance by aligning internal audit activities with other assurance functions, such as risk management and compliance. This integration helps avoid duplication of efforts and enhances overall assurance coverage.
The audit market continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of organizations and stakeholders.Internal auditors are increasingly expected to possess strong communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. These skills are essential for effective stakeholder engagement and providing valuable recommendations to management.
With many banks putting automation and artificial intelligence on their agenda, we have seen an uplift of quantitative risk hires with the need of specific coding and programming skillset in the past year. Fintech start-ups, payments platform, e-commence and consulting firms are investing heavily to develop their own controls capabilities in-house.
With limited supply, we are seeing upwards pressure on compensation to secure the right talent. Employee retention will also become increasingly competitive, as demand outpaces talent development. Hiring managers are also seeking candidates who can add a voice to the table and are expecting candidates to think outside-the- box and the ability to stand firm, if needed.
As with any job market, the finance market can experience fluctuations based on economic conditions, industry trends, and technological advancements. Advancements in technology have revolutionized the finance industry, enabling faster and more efficient completion of various transactional tasks. However, this has created a demand for highly skilled finance professionals in diverse areas.
In this modern accounting era, businesses are seeking experts who are capable of generating precise commercial data to enhance decision-making. Additionally, the role of FP&A Accountants with a strong technical inclination is increasingly valued, and the position of finance business partner has become highly sought-after.
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