Phil Sheridan, managing director at Robert Half UK, says: 'Essential job skills in the accountancy profession encompass more than the ability to crunch numbers. The field is constantly evolving and the top 10 skills in-demand are constantly changing as a result.'
Karen Young, director at Hays Accountancy & Finance, adds: 'Our findings put being commercially aware at the top of the skills needed for the future generation of finance professionals.
'Business and economic climate dictate that organisations are becoming more proactive and business focused than ever before, so organisations are looking for individuals with top-class communication and influencing skills in addition to the necessary technical ability you will gain from studying.
'As organisations continue to grow, they are looking for finance professionals who can interpret business and financial data, manage cash flow and communicate with colleagues and management effectively too.'