The labour market has continued to improve in Belgium this year and companies are increasing their headcount in order to further sustain growth.
Analysing vacancy volumes across Belgium from Jobfeed*, Walters People found that the demand for finance professionals increased by 21% in the first half of 2017 compared to the same period last year. Which profiles are most in demand and where are these jobs located? Coraline Hees, Team Leader, explains 3 leading trends in the finance job market in Belgium today.
1. Accountants highly sought-after in Antwerp
The demand for accountants remains undoubtedly the highest in Flanders with 85% of all accounting jobs advertised in Flemish provinces. Accountants looking for a new role have the most opportunities to choose from in Antwerp, with 40% more jobs advertised in the region this year than the same period last year.
“Experienced multilingual professionals with a thorough knowledge of accounting & taxation are today not only in demand within accounting practices but also throughout commerce & industry. These professionals can therefore expect employers to be more flexible when negotiating salaries”, says Hees.
2. Brussels-based headquarters house controlling & analysis jobs
Looking to be more involved in a company’s business decisions and strategies, many external auditors leave Big 4 firms after a few years for analysis or controlling roles. With over a third of demand, analyst and controllers are most sought-after in Brussels.
“The majority of big structures with international activities have headquarters located in the Belgian capital. For this reason, the demand for controlling and analyst professionals remains the highest in Brussels”, says Hees.
3. Banking sector revival for temporary back office roles
Junior professionals continue to be popular for back office roles and the demand for temporary back office employees increased 73% so far this year compared to the same period last year.
“Due to strong economic growth this past year, banks and financial institutions are hiring temporary back office employees in order to respond to increasing business demands. These temporary professionals are also a way for businesses to ensure that their productivity remains optimum when faced with permanent employees on sick leave or holiday”, says Hees.
*Jobfeed provides a current overview and analysis of nearly every new job posted on internet pages from Europe.
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