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Accountancy & Finance Salary Guide:
Introduction and Summary

Welcome to the Hays Accountancy & Finance market overview and salary guide 2011, which features the expert knowledge of our consultants combined with the views from professionals and institutes to provide a comprehensive overview of the UK accountancy & finance staffing market across sector and geographical parameters.

The past two years have presented many challenges across all industries. Recessionary pressures led to instability in the market place unlike anything seen before. That said, as the market gradually picks up we are seeing signs of confidence returning and an increase in recruitment activity.

Operating in a complex market has provided an excellent opportunity to build both experience and insight. The accountancy & finance sector is constantly evolving and we believe it is vital to keep up-to-date with the trends and issues affecting professionals.

With challenge comes opportunity. I am all for looking ahead and this report is designed to help you and your organisation capitalise on the opportunities that the next 12 months present.

I hope you find the briefing relevant, insightful and useful for benchmarking, budgeting and resource planning. Download a full copy of the report, complete with a detailed regional breakdown of salaries.

Please feel free to contact me to provide feedback or to discuss any recruitment related issues you may be encountering at this time by emailing

Anne-Marie Perkins

Managing Director, Hays Accountancy & Finance


  • This market overview and salary guide was compiled based on data gathered between January 2010 – January 2011 from job and candidate registrations and job offers made and accepted across over 150 Hays offices throughout the UK.
  • All salaries are shown in GBP.
  • The findings of our benefits surveys are based on the answers provided by hundreds of finance employers and employees, who were surveyed during November 2010. These findings, along with an overview of the markets, were published in the January issues of PQ magazine and Credit Management magazine.

Download the full Accountancy & Finance Salary Guide, complete with regional salary levels, in PDF format.

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