Accountants value overseas experience
Accountants regard overseas experience as more important to their career development than workers from other professions, according to a survey carried out by recruitment firm Robert Walters.
The survey revealed that half of all accountants see working abroad as either “essential” or “extremely useful”, compared with 38 per cent of banking professionals, 46 per cent of lawyers and 44 per cent of IT workers.
However, the survey also revealed that accountants value their work-life balance, with more than 34 per cent believing this, rather than other factors – such as remuneration, benefits and achieving positions of responsibility – is the key to job satisfaction.
This was further endorsed by the working hours findings of the survey: only 20 per cent work more than 50 hours a week, compared with 30 per cent of lawyers, 26 per cent of HR professionals and 24 per cent of marketing professionals.
Andrew Setchell, director of commerce at Robert Walters, said recruiters value overseas experience as it “arms them with a skill set that
will be valuable in the future and broadens commercial insight”.