Accountants’ total pay increase is inflation busting 4.6%

Matthew Wilcox our consultant managing the role

• Average accountants’ salary up 4.3% from £64,022 to £66,795
• 53% of accountants awarded a bonus this year – up 6% from 2013
• 39% are actively looking for a new role

Average accountancy pay has risen almost 5% over the past year according to the 2014 Salary & Market Trend Report from specialist accountancy and finance recruiter Marks Sattin.

Salary growth was 4.3%,from £64,022 in 2012/2013 to £66,795 2013/2014.

In addition to this, 53% of accountants received a bonus of, on average, 17.5% of their salary. This is an increase on last year when 47% received a bonus of 17.2% of their salary.

This brings total remuneration to £78,465 up from £75,034 last year – an increase of 4.6%. This is the fourth consecutive year of strong pay growth for UK accountants. 
 
The survey also shows 46% of accountants said that they were satisfied with their salary.

Dave Way, Managing Director of Marks Sattin said,
“Increasingly onerous regulatory pressure and demand for growth mean quality accountancy talent remains integral – a fact shown by the year on year increase in salaries. In many sectors businesses are pulling back on bonuses and focusing on the stability that salary growth brings but the fact that accountants are seeing growth in both shows the high premium companies are placing on talent retention.”

Seventy-nine percent of accountants feel secure in their role and 66% are expecting salary growth in the coming year. However, 39% say they will be actively looking for a move elsewhere.

Thirty-five percent of accountants also said that headcount increased in their team and 59% said that business growth or expansion was the reason for this.

Dave Way adds,
“Accountants are feeling more secure in their jobs as their compensation packages suggest that the economy has turned a corner and business is starting to pick up again. However, as accountants’ confidence increases more and more people will be looking for new roles. Many businesses and firms are looking to increase their accountancy headcount so we are likely to see a lot of movement in the jobs market over the next year. Expansion, career development and salary rises have returned to the fore of peoples’ minds after a few years of relative stability and consolidation.”

*Marks Sattin 2014 Market Report conducted among 2,073 UK accountants in Q1 2014

11/04/16
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