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2018 Accountancy and Finance Permanent in Commerce and Industry Salary Guide

Written by James Gallagher
Feb 19, 2018
Submitted by James Gallagher on Mon, 02/19/2018 - 03:37

2018 salaries for permanent accounting & finance professionals in commerce & industry (C&I) by years' experience, company size in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Waterford and Galway

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Accounting & Finance Salaries in Commerce & Industry
(small companies < 100 employees)
Role Years' Experience Dublin
Cork
Limerick
Waterford
Galway
Financial Director 0 - 3 85k - 90k 75k - 85k 70k - 75k 67k - 70k 70k - 75k
3 - 5 90k - 95k 85k - 95k 75k - 90k 70k - 85k 75k - 90k
5+ 100k - 120k 95k - 110k 90k- 110k 85k - 110k 90k- 110k
Financial Controller 0 - 3 70k - 75k 65k - 75k 60k - 70k 55k - 65k 60k - 70k
3 - 5 75k - 85k 75k - 85k 70k - 80k 65k - 70k 70k - 80k
5+ 85k - 100k 85k - 95k 80k - 90k 70k - 75k 80k- 90k
Finance Manager 0 - 3 60k - 70k 60k - 65k 50k - 60k 50k - 55k 50k - 60k
3 - 5 70k - 80k 65k - 70k 60k - 65k 55k - 65k 60k - 65k
5+ 80k - 90k 70k - 80k 65k - 75k 65k - 75k 65k - 75k
Management Accountant
(Qualified)
0 - 3 52k - 60k 45k - 50k 45k - 50k 38k - 45k 45k - 48k
3 - 5 60k - 65k 50k - 55k 50k - 55k 45k - 55k 48k - 55k
5+ 65k - 70k 55k - 65k 55k - 65k 55k - 60k 55k - 65k
Financial Accountant
(Qualified)
0 - 3 52k - 60k 45k - 50k 40k - 45k 40k - 45k 40k - 45k
3 - 5 60k - 65k 50k - 60k 45k - 55k 45k - 50k 45k - 55k
5+ 65k - 70k 60k - 65k 55k - 60k 50k - 55k 55k - 60k
Company Accountant 0 - 3 52k - 60k 45k - 50k 40k - 48k 40k - 45k 40k - 48k
3 - 5 60k - 65k 50k - 55k 48k - 53k 45k - 50k 48k - 53k
5+ 65k - 70k 55k - 65k 53k - 60k 50k - 55k 53k - 60k
Systems Accountant 0 - 3 52k - 60k 45k - 50k 40k - 45k 40k - 45k 40k - 45k
3 - 5 60k - 65k 50k - 55k 45k - 55k 45k - 50k 45k - 55k
5+ 65k - 70k 55k - 65k 55k - 65k 50k - 55k 55k - 65k
Project Accountant 0 - 3 52k - 60k 45k - 50k 40k - 48k 40k - 48k 40k - 48k
3 - 5 60k - 65k 50k - 55k 48k - 55k 48k - 55k 48k - 55k
5+ 65k - 70k 55k - 60k 55k - 65k 55k - 60k 55k - 65k
Assistant Management Accountant 0 - 3 30k - 35k 28k - 35k 27k - 32k 25k - 30k 27k - 33k
3 - 5 35k - 40k 35k - 38k 32k - 36k 30k - 34k 33k - 37k
5+ 40k - 45k 38k - 42k 36k - 40k 34k - 37k 37k - 40k
Assistant Financial Accountant 0 - 3 30k - 35k 28k - 35k 27k - 33k 25k - 29k 27k - 33k
3 - 5 35k - 40k 35k - 38k 33k - 35k 29k - 34k 33k - 35k
5+ 40k - 45k 38k - 42k 35k - 40k 34k - 38k 35k - 40k
Credit Controller 0 - 3 26k - 32k 25k - 28k 22k - 26k 20k - 24k 22k - 26k
3 - 5 32k - 36k 28k - 32k 26k - 30k 24k - 27k 26k - 30k
5+ 36k - 40k 32k - 36k 30k - 34k 27k - 32k 30k - 34k
Payroll Specialist 0 - 3 28k - 34k 27k - 30k 23k - 27k 20k - 23k 23k - 27k
3 - 5 34k - 38k 30k - 33k 27k - 32k 23k - 28k 27k - 32k
5+ 38k - 44k 33k - 36k 32k - 36k 28k - 35k 32k - 36k
Accounts Supervisor 0 - 3 30k - 36k 30k - 35k 27k - 33k 26k - 34k 27k - 33k
3 - 5 36k - 42k 35k - 40k 33k - 38k 34k - 36k 33k - 38k
5+ 42k - 46k 40k - 45k 38k - 40k 36k - 38k 38k - 40k
Accounts Payable Specialist 0 - 3 25k - 30k 22k - 26k 22k - 24k 20k - 24k 22k - 24k
3 - 5 30k - 35k 26k - 29k 24k - 27k 24k - 26k 24k - 27k
5+ 35k - 38k 29k - 32k 27k - 31k 26k - 28k 27k - 31k
Accounts Receivable Specialist 0 - 3 25k - 30k 22k - 26k 23k - 25k 20k - 24k 23k - 25k
3 - 5 30k - 35k 26k - 29k 25k - 27k 24k - 26k 25k - 27k
5+ 35k - 38k 29k - 32k 27k - 30k 26k - 30k 27k - 30k
Accounts Payable Manager 0 - 3 38k - 42k 35k - 38k 30k - 37k 30k - 37k 30k - 37k
3 - 5 42k - 48k 38k - 42k 37k - 42k 37k - 42k 37k - 42k
5+ 48k - 52k 42k - 48k 42k - 45k 42k - 45k 42k - 45k
Accounts Receivable Manager 0 - 3 38k - 42k 35k - 38k 30k - 37k 30k - 37k 30k - 37k
3 - 5 42k - 48k 38k - 42k 37k - 41k 37k - 42k 37k - 41k
5+ 48k - 52k 42k - 48k 41k - 46k 42k - 47k 41k - 46k
Accounts Assistant 0 - 3 25k - 30k 25k - 28k 23k - 27k 20k - 25k 23k - 27k
3 - 5 30k - 35k 28k - 31k 27k - 30k 25k - 28k 27k - 30k
5+ 35k - 40k 31k - 36k 30k - 35k 28k - 32k 30k - 35k
Bookeeper 0 - 3 25k - 30k 20k - 24k 20k - 24k 20k - 22k 20k - 24k
3 - 5 30k - 35k 24k - 26k 24k - 26k 22k - 25k 24k - 26k
5+ 35k - 40k 26k - 30k 26k - 30k 25k - 30k 26k - 30k
Graduate / Trainee Accountant 0 - 3 25k - 28k 19k - 24k 19k - 24k 19k - 24k 19k - 24k
 
Accounting & Finance Salaries in Commerce & Industry
(medium companies 100 - 500 employees)
Role Years' Experience Dublin
Cork
Limerick
Waterford
Galway
Financial Director 0 - 3 95k - 110k 85k - 100k 75k - 85k 75k - 85k 85k - 100k
3 - 5 110k - 130k 100k - 110k 85k - 100k 85k - 100k 85k - 110k
5+ 130k - 160k 110k - 150k 100k - 120k 100k - 120k 110k - 150k
Financial Controller 0 - 3 85k - 90k 75k - 85k 65k - 75k 65k - 75k 75k - 85k
3 - 5 90k - 100k 85k - 90k 75k - 85k 75k - 85k 85k - 90k
5+ 100k - 110k 90k - 100k 85k- 100k 85k- 100k 90k - 100k
Finance Manager 0 - 3 65k - 75k 60k - 70k 55k - 62k 55k - 62k 60k - 70k
3 - 5 75k - 80k 70k - 75k 62k - 70k 62k - 70k 70k - 75k
5+ 80k - 85k 75k - 85k 70k - 80k 70k - 80k 75k - 85k
Management Accountant
(Qualified)
0 - 3 55k - 65k 45k - 50k 42k - 48k 40k - 45k 45k - 50k
3 - 5 65k - 70k 50k - 60k 48k - 55k 45k - 50k 50k - 60k
5+ 70k - 75k 60k - 70k 55k - 65k 50k - 60k 60k - 70k
Financial Accountant
(Qualified)
0 - 3 55k - 65k 45k - 52k 42k - 48k 35k - 45k 45k - 52k
3 - 5 65k - 70k 52k - 60k 48k - 55k 45k - 55k 52k - 60k
5+ 70k - 75k 60k - 70k 55k - 60k 55k - 60k 60k - 70k
Company Accountant 0 - 3 55k - 65k 45k - 50k 42k - 48k 40k - 45k 45k - 50k
3 - 5 65k - 70k 50k - 55k 48k - 55k 45k - 50k 50k - 55k
5+ 70k - 75k 55k - 65k 55k - 60k 50k - 60k 55k - 65k
Systems Accountant 0 - 3 55k - 65k 45k - 50k 42k - 48k 38k - 45k 45k - 50k
3 - 5 65k - 70k 50k - 55k 48k - 55k 45k - 50k 50k - 55k
5+ 70k - 75k 55k - 65k 55k - 65k 50k - 60k 55k - 65k
Project Accountant 0 - 3 55k - 65k 45k - 52k 40k - 45k 42k - 48k 45k - 52k
3 - 5 65k - 70k 52k - 55k 45k - 55k 48k - 55k 52k - 55k
5+ 70k - 75k 55k - 65k 55k - 65k 55k - 60k 55k - 65k
Commercial Accountant 0 - 3 55k - 65k 50k - 55k 42k - 48k 42k - 48k 50k - 55k
3 - 5 65k - 70k 55k - 65k 48k - 55k 48k - 55k 55k - 65k
5+ 70k - 75k 65k - 75k 55k - 70k 55k - 70k 65k - 75k
Assistant Management Accountant 0 - 3 32k -37k 30k - 34k 30k - 33k 28k - 33k 30k - 34k
3 - 5 37k - 40k 34k - 38k 30k - 35k 30k - 35k 34k - 38k
5+ 40k - 45k 38k - 40k 35k - 38k 35k - 40k 38k - 40k
Assistant Financial Accountant 0 - 3 32k -37k 30k - 34k 28k - 33k 28k - 33k 30k - 34k
3 - 5 37k - 40k 34k - 38k 33k - 35k 28k - 32k 34k - 38k
5+ 40k - 45k 38k - 40k 36k - 38k 36k - 40k 38k - 40k
Tax Accountant 0 - 3 55k - 65k 45k - 52k 42k - 48k 42k - 48k 42k - 48k
3 - 5 65k - 70k 52k - 60k 48k - 55k 45k - 50k 48k - 55k
5+ 70k - 75k 60k - 70k 55k -60k 50k - 55k 55k -60k
Credit Control Manager 0 - 3 45k - 50k 38k - 44k 30k - 35k 28k - 32k 30k - 35k
3 - 5 50k - 55k 44k - 47k 35k - 40k 32k - 40k 35k - 40k
5+ 55k - 70k 47k - 52k 40k - 46k 40k - 46k 40k - 46k
Credit Controller 0 - 3 28k - 32k 26k - 29k 23k - 28k 23k - 28k 23k - 28k
3 - 5 32k - 36k 29k - 34k 28k - 32k 28k - 32k 28k - 32k
5+ 36k - 40k 34k - 38k 32k - 35k 32k - 38k 32k - 35k
Payroll Manager 0 - 3 45k - 50k 38k - 44k 35k – 40k 34k – 40k 35k – 40k
3 - 5 50k - 55k 44k - 50k 40k – 44k 40k – 44k 40k – 44k
5+ 55k - 70k 50k - 60k 44k – 55k 44k – 60k 45k – 55k
Payroll Specialist 0 - 3 25k - 30k 25k - 28k 23k - 26k 22k - 25k 23k - 26k
3 - 5 30k - 40k 28k - 32k 26k - 30k 25k - 28k 26k - 30k
5+ 40k - 65k 32k - 38k 30k - 34k 28k - 34k 30k - 34k
Accounts Supervisor 0 - 3 33k - 36k 22k - 25k 22k - 25k 22k - 24k 22k - 25k
3 - 5 36k - 42k 25k - 28k 25k - 28k 24k - 28k 25k - 28k
5+ 42k - 46k 28k - 30k 28k - 30k 28k - 30k 28k - 30k
Accounts Payable Specialist 0 - 3 25k - 30k 24k - 28k 22k - 25k 22k - 25k 22k - 25k
3 - 5 30k - 35k 28k - 32k 25k - 28k 25k - 28k 25k - 28k
5+ 35k - 40k 32k - 35k 28k - 32k 28k - 32k 28k - 32k
Accounts Receivable Specialist 0 - 3 25k - 30k 24k - 28k 22k - 25k 22k - 24k 22k - 25k
3 - 5 30k - 35k 28k - 32k 25k - 30k 24k - 27k 25k - 30k
5+ 35k - 40k 32k - 35k 30k - 33k 27k - 32k 30k - 33k
Accounts Payable Manager 0 - 3 35k - 42k 35k - 40k 34k - 38k 34k - 40k 34k - 38k
3 - 5 42k - 45k 40k - 44k 38k - 42k 40k - 44k 38k - 42k
5+ 45k - 50k 44k - 50k 42k - 48k 44k - 48k 42k - 48k
Accounts Receivable Manager 0 - 3 35k - 45k 35k - 40k 32k - 37k 32k - 42k 32k - 37k
3 - 5 45k - 50k 40k - 44k 37k - 42k 42k - 48k 37k - 42k
5+ 50k - 55k 44k - 50k 42k - 48k 48k - 54k 42k - 48k
Accounts Assistant 0 - 3 25k - 30k 25k - 30k 23k - 26k 20k - 25k 23k - 26k
3 - 5 30k - 35k 30k - 33k 26k - 30k 25k - 30k 26k - 30k
5+ 35k - 40k 33k - 38k 30k - 35k 30k - 33k 30k - 35k
Bookeeper 0 - 3 25k - 30k 20k - 22k 20k - 22k 20k - 22k 20k - 22k
3 - 5 30k - 35k 22k - 25k 22k - 24k 22k - 24k 22k - 24k
5+ 35k - 40k 25k - 32k 24k - 30k 24k - 30k 25k - 32k
Graduate / Trainee Accountant 0 - 3 25k - 30k 19k - 22k 19k - 22k 19k - 22k 19k - 22k
 
Accounting & Finance Salaries in Commerce & Industry
(large companies 500+ employees)
Role Years' Experience Dublin
Cork
Limerick
Waterford
Galway
Financial Director 0 - 3 100k - 130k 90k - 110k 85k - 90k 65k - 80k 85k - 90k
3 - 5 130k - 150k 110k - 120k 90k - 95k 80k - 95k 90k - 95k
5+ 150k - 200k 120k - 180k 95k - 110k 95k - 110k 95k - 110k
Financial Controller 0 - 3 85k - 90k 75k - 85k 70k - 80k 65k - 75k 70k - 80k
3 - 5 90k - 100k 85k - 100k 80k - 85k 75k - 80k 80k - 85k
5+ 100k - 130k 100k - 120k 85k - 105k 80k - 90k 85k - 105k
Finance Manager 0 - 3 65k - 75k 65k - 75k 60k - 65k 65k - 70k 60k - 65k
3 - 5 75k - 85k 75k - 80k 65k - 70k 70k - 75k 65k - 70k
5+ 85k - 95k 80k - 85k 70k - 80k 75k - 85k 70k - 80k
Management Accountant 0 - 3 55k - 65k 45k - 52k 40k - 45k 40k - 45k 40k - 45k
3 - 5 65k - 70k 52k - 60k 45k - 55k 45k - 55k 45k - 55k
5+ 70k - 75k 60k - 70k 55k - 60k 55k - 60k 55k - 60k
Financial Accountant 0 - 3 55k - 65k 45k - 52k 40k - 45k 40k - 45k 40k - 45k
3 - 5 65k - 70k 52k - 60k 45k - 55k 45k - 50k 45k - 55k
5+ 70k - 75k 60k - 70k 55k - 60k 50k - 60k 55k - 60k
Company Accountant 0 - 3 55k - 65k 45k - 50k 43k - 48k 40k - 45k 43k - 48k
3 - 5 65k - 70k 50k - 55k 48k - 55k 45k - 50k 48k - 55k
5+ 70k - 75k 55k -65k 55k - 65k 50k - 60k 55k - 65k
Systems Accountant 0 - 3 55k - 65k 48k - 52k 43k - 48k 40k - 45k 43k - 48k
3 - 5 65k - 70k 52k - 58k 48k - 55k 45k - 55k 48k - 55k
5+ 70k - 75k 58k - 70k 55k - 65k 55k - 60k 55k - 65k
Project Accountant 0 - 3 55k - 65k 45k - 55k 43k - 48k 38k - 45k 43k - 48k
3 - 5 65k - 70k 55k - 65k 48k - 55k 45k - 50k 48k - 55k
5+ 70k - 75k 65k -75k 55k - 60k 50k - 60k 55k - 60k
Commercial Accountant 0 - 3 55k - 65k 50k - 55k 40k - 45k 40k - 45k 40k - 45k
3 - 5 65k - 70k 55k - 65k 45k - 50k 45k - 50k 45k - 50k
5+ 70k - 75k 65k - 75k 50k - 60k 50k - 60k 50k - 60k
Assistant Management Accountant 0 - 3 32k -37k 30k - 35k 28k - 32k 24k - 27k 28k - 32k
3 - 5 37k - 40k 35k - 38k 32k - 36k 27k - 32k 32k - 35k
5+ 40k - 45k 38k - 40k 36k - 38k 32k - 38k 35k - 38k
Assistant Financial Accountant 0 - 3 32k -37k 30k - 35k 26k - 32k 24k - 27k 26k - 32k
3 - 5 37k - 40k 35k - 38k 32k - 36k 27k - 32k 32k - 36k
5+ 40k - 45k 38k - 40k 36k - 38k 32k - 38k 36k - 38k
Senior Financial Accountant 0 - 3 60k - 65k 55k - 60k 45k - 50k 40k - 45k 45k - 50k
3 - 5 65k - 70k 60k - 65k 50k - 55k 45k - 50k 50k - 55k
5+ 70k - 75k 65k - 75k 55k - 60k 50k - 55k 55k - 60k
Tax Accountant 0 - 3 50k - 62k 45k - 52k 42k - 48k 42k - 48k 42k - 48k
3 - 5 62k - 70k 52k- 60k 48k - 55k 48k - 55k 48k - 55k
5+ 70k - 75k 60k - 70k 55k - 60k 55k - 60k 55k - 60k
Graduate / Trainee Accountant 1 - 2 26k - 32k 23k - 25k 23k - 26k 22k - 24k 23k - 25k
Credit Controller 0 - 3 38k - 46k 30k - 35k 26k - 32k 22k - 30k 26k - 32k
3 - 5 46k - 52k 35k - 39k 32k - 38k 30k - 38k 32k - 38k
5+ 52k - 65k 39k - 45k 38k - 44k 38k - 48k 38k - 44k
EMEA Payroll Manager 0 - 3 52k - 58k 50k - 58k 40k - 45k 45k - 50k 40k - 45k
3 - 5 58k - 65k 58k - 65k 45k - 50k 50k - 55k 45k - 50k
5+ 65k - 80k 65k - 80k 50k - 55k 55k - 60k 50k - 55k
Payroll Manager 0 - 3 47k - 52k 45k - 50k 36k – 42k 35k – 40k 36k – 42k
3 - 5 52k - 57k 50k - 55k 42k – 47k 40k – 45k 42k – 47k
5+ 57k - 67k 55k - 60k 47k – 52k 45k – 50k 47k – 52k
Payroll Specialist 0 - 3 30k - 36k 28k - 36k 25k - 28k 22k - 25k 25k - 28k
3 - 5 36k - 42k 36k - 45k 28k - 30k 25k - 28k 28k - 30k
5+ 42k - 52k 45k - 52k 30k - 36k 28k - 35k 30k - 36k
Accounts Supervisor 0 - 3 33k - 36k 30k - 35k 22k - 27k 22k - 25k 22k - 27k
3 - 5 36k - 42k 35k - 40k 27k - 30k 25k - 28k 27k - 30k
5+ 42k - 46k 40k - 45k 30k - 35k 28k - 30k 30k - 35k
Accounts Payable Specialist 0 - 3 30k - 35k 28k - 32k 24k - 28k 22k - 24k 24k - 28k
3 - 5 35k - 40k 32k - 35k 28k - 32k 24k - 27k 28k - 32k
5+ 40k - 45k 35k - 40k 32k - 36k 27k - 30k 32k - 36k
Accounts Receivable Specialist 0 - 3 30k - 34k 28k - 32k 24k - 26k 22k - 25k 24k - 26k
3 - 5 34k - 38k 32k - 35k 26k - 28k 25k - 28k 26k - 28k
5+ 38k - 43k 35k - 40k 28k - 34k 28k - 32k 28k - 34k
Accounts Payable Manager 0 - 3 45k - 50k 40k - 45k 35k - 40k 35k - 40k 35k - 40k
3 - 5 50k - 57k 45k - 55k 40k - 45k 40k - 45k 40k - 45k
5+ 57k - 67k 55k - 65k 45k - 50k 45k - 55k 45k - 50k
Accounts Payable ManagerAccounts Payable Manager 0 - 3 45k - 50k 40k - 45k 40k - 45k 35k - 40k 40k - 45k
3 - 5 50k - 57k 45k - 55k 45k - 50k 40k - 45k 45k - 50k
5+ 57k - 67k 55k - 65k 50k - 55k 45k - 55k 50k - 55k
Accounts Assistant 0 - 3 30k - 35k 28k - 32k 24k - 28k 24k - 28k 24k - 28k
3 - 5 35k - 40k 32k - 36k 28k - 34k 28k - 34k 28k - 34k
5+ 40k - 45k 36k- 38k 34k - 36k 34k - 36k 34k - 36k
Graduate / Trainee Accountant 0 - 3 25k - 30k 18k - 25k 18k - 25k 18k - 24k 18k - 25k
FP&A Manager 0 - 3 70k - 80k 60k - 70k 63k - 68k 55k - 60k 63k - 68k
3 - 5 80k - 90k 70k - 80k 68k - 75k 60k - 70k 68k - 75k
5+ 90k - 100k 80k - 90k 75k - 80k 75k - 85k 75k - 80k
Finance Business Partner 0 - 3 65k - 75k 55k - 65k 55k - 65k 45k - 50k 55k - 65k
3 - 5 75k - 80k 65k - 75k 65k - 75k 45k - 55k 65k - 75k
5+ 90k - 100k 75k - 85k 75k - 85k 55k - 60k 75k - 85k
Financial Analyst 0 - 3 55k - 65k 45k - 55k 45k - 55k 45k - 55k 45k - 55k
3 - 5 65k - 70k 55k - 60k 55k - 60k 45k - 55k 55k - 60k
5+ 70k - 75k 60k - 70k 60k - 70k 55k - 60k 60k - 70k
Head of Internal Audit 0 - 3 100k - 130k 85k - 100k 80k - 100k 75k - 85k 80k - 100k
3 - 5 130k - 150k 100k - 130k 100k - 120k 80k - 100k 100k - 120k
5+ 150k - 200k 130k - 160k 120k - 140k 100k - 120k 120k - 140k
Internal Audit Manager 0 - 3 65k - 75k 60k - 70k 60k - 70k 55k - 60k 60k - 70k
3 - 5 75k - 85k 70k - 80k 70k - 80k 60k - 70k 70k - 80k
5+ 85k - 100k 80k - 90k 80k - 90k 75k - 85k 80k - 90k
Internal Auditor 0 - 3 55k - 65k 45k - 53k 45k - 55k 45k - 55k 45k - 55k
3 - 5 65k - 70k 53k - 60k 55k - 60k 45k - 55k 50k - 60k
5+ 70k - 75k 60k - 70k 60k - 70k 55k - 60k 60k - 70k
EMEA Payroll Specialist 0 - 3 32k - 36k 25k - 32k 25k - 32k 25k - 32k 25k - 32k
3 - 5 36k - 45k 32k - 40k 32k - 40k 30k - 40k 30k - 40k
5+ 45k - 55k 40k - 45k 40k - 45k 45k - 55k 40k - 45k
 
Commentary on Accountancy & Finance Permanent in Commerce & Industry Roles and Remuneration in Ireland for 2018

Accounting and finance recruitment has remained buoyant throughout 2017. The demand for newly-qualified accountants has shown no sign of slowing down throughout the year. In the last half of 2017 we have also seen an uplift in roles at senior level.  Remuneration for newly-qualified accountants to around three years post-qualified experience has increased, albeit not substantially, in line with this demand. Salaries at the senior finance level have remained somewhat stagnant as this market has not seen the same level of hiring activity as the mid levels, however, early indicators would suggest that the market is continuing to improve. 

In 2017 we found that demand has been strong across all accounting disciplines with technical reporting skills continually being sought after. The trend of financial professionals becoming key business partners has also remained leaving analytical, financial modelling and decision support capability as highly attractive skills to organisations. On top of this, we have also seen the need for project skills increase with many local and global organisations looking to invest in significant finance transformation programmes to harness new technologies that standardise and automate processes. 

The continued strengthening of the economy during 2017 has been accompanied by an increased demand for finance professionals across all industry sectors. We are continuing to see indigenous businesses compete with the large multinationals for the best finance talent. To strengthen their hiring position companies are offering relocation support to finance professionals seeking a return to Ireland. Recently qualified accountants from the large practice firms remain a highly sought-after commodity and we expect this continue throughout 2018. These professionals are aware of their desirability and therefore tend to be quite discerning when assessing opportunities. Companies that are able to provide transparency around future internal opportunities for accountants that range across the board are most attractive to this particular cohort of professionals. 

At the senior end, the shift to finance professionals being the key operational and commercial partner to general managers and managing directors still continues. Industry sector experience is often mandatory at these levels as organisations expect new senior hires to be able to hit the ground running. 

For the duration of 2018 we expect the accounting and finance market will continue to remain buoyant and salaries will continue to increase as we reach full employment. A number of companies improved their additional benefits in 2017 and this type of activity is expect to increase further in 2018.