A survey has noted a severe accountancy talent crunch for employers in the Middle East as they struggle to retain staff with big career mobility ambitions and an eye on their next role.
In the Middle East, 57% expect to move to their next roles in the next 12 months, and a further 28% over the next two years, said ACCA’s (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) new annual Global Talent Trends Survey 2023.
Meanwhile, the biggest worry for employees is the impact of inflation on salaries, as well as workplace stress.
At a time of significant workforce change and a challenging global economic climate, the survey indicates that a career in accountancy remains a smart choice for those seeking long-term career prospects and possibilities to continually acquire new skills. The opportunity to acquire a professional qualification which affords cross-sectoral and international mobility further adds to the perception that choosing accountancy leads to a career with choices and flexibility.
Over 8,000 professional accountants from across the globe including the Middle East were asked about the concerns they held around work in the future as well as aspirations for their careers. The survey also assessed key workplace issues such as employee engagement, wellbeing, and attitudes to technology adoption.
Seven key themes
*The inflation crisis continues to fuel wage pressures and creates retention challenges.
*Hybrid working is ‘work in progress’ with 57% of respondents globally citing they are working back in the office full time. In the UAE, 27% said they were hybrid workers, 9% fully home-based, and 69% are still fully office-based.
*Addressing burnout has to be a priority with 71% wanting more help from their organisations to manage their mental health. Mental health is a key concern in the Middle East, ranking second out of 11 in future work concerns.
*Job mobility is driving a possible talent crunch for employers – 44% expect to move to their next role in 12 months, rising to 69% over the next two years.
*Technology is now seen to be empowering accountants to add value, but 42% suggest they feel overwhelmed by the sheer pace of change.
*Inclusion measures score well with 68% feeling their organisation culture is inclusive, but concerns particularly by younger respondents are expressed on social mobility.
*Accountancy provides career security in turbulent times, with younger people prioritising career development, financial reward, and money rather than broader ambitions to address wider social issues through the jobs they perform.
Jamie Lyon, Head of Skills, Sectors and Technology at ACCA said: “Employers are adapting and experimenting with new ways of working across the workforce. Career development and remuneration are the top two attraction factors to an organisation, yet they’re also the two areas which have most influence on employees’ decisions to leave.”
Fazeela Gopalani, FCCA, Head of Middle East ACCA, said: “Attracting the next generation of talent to the accountancy profession is vital to healthy economies. ACCA's inaugural annual talent trends survey ensures the voice of those studying and working in the profession is heard, and that the profession helps create a working environment where tomorrow’s talent wants to be.”-- TradeArabia News Service