Future skills at heart of Great Productivity Debate, says ACCA Scotland & Reed Global Recruitment

Embracing technology, developing talent across the generations and encouraging skills acquisition are vital to enhancing productivity, concluded senior business leaders who attended the latest of ACCA Scotland / Reed Global’s Great Productivity Debates.

The forum, held last Friday in Glasgow, engages C-suite executives from all sectors and discussed a wide range of areas impacting upon productivity.  Attendees explored cross generational working, the challenges business needs to rise to and the positive benefits of an innovative culture.

Debate chair and head of ACCA Scotland, Craig Vickery said, 

'It was great to hear so many positive views of the future from executives from many sectors.  Embracing change and innovation is vital for business and doing so has already benefited the productivity of those companies in attendance.

‘ACCA’s recent research  into the future of profession has emphasised that the key to leading business in the 21st century will be developing the right blend of skills ranging from technical and digital excellence through to creativity and vision. ACCA Scotland is pleased to be working with Reed Global to share experiences across industry sectors and help connect business.’

Douglas Turkington, Senior Business Manager, Reed said

‘It is intriguing that regardless of industry sector and background we are all striving to improve the productivity in similar ways. As we automate more manual processes retaining/attracting more skilled staff will become even more key and organisations need to start to react to this now.'

Reed recently interviewed more than 800 finance professionals to establish what is important to them, other than base salary, and the importance of benefits in the recruitment process in order to attract the best talent.  This identified that in a candidate short market it is more important than ever to offer potential employees access to flexible working and competitive benefits, ensuring the whole package is as attractive as possible.'

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ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants, offering business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management. 

ACCA supports its 200,000 members and 486,000 students in 180countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. ACCA works through a network of 101 offices and centres and more than 7,200 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. Through its public interest remit, ACCA promotes appropriate regulation of accounting and conducts relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence. 

ACCA is currently introducing major innovations to its flagship qualification to ensure its members and future members continue to be the most valued, up-to-date and sought-after accountancy professionals globally. 

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About Reed

Reed is the UK's #1 recruitment business. Having grown organically, rather by acquisition, and are committed to ensuring that people are at the heart of everything they do. 

"Embracing change and innovation is vital for business and doing so has already benefited the productivity of (these) companies"

Craig Vickery - ACCA Scotland