A new survey from Robert Half Finance and Accounting has found that CFOs believe that tech skills and aptitude are the most difficult to find in accounting and finance job candidates. The survey found that one particular tech area in high demand is business analytics, with 37% of CFOs saying these skills are mandatory for all accounting and finance positions. A further 49% of polled CFOs said these skills are mandatory for some roles. The findings reflect those of a 2018 Gartner study that revealed the majority of finance jobs were in pursuit of the same handful of skills, chief among them data analysis, collaboration and digital tool mastery. CFO Dive notes that to compensate for candidates lacking these skill attributes, managers are instituting training to help finance staff acquire tech, communication and other skills. More than 90% of companies offer internal “professional development opportunities to build business analytics skills.”

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