Across the sector, Mr Cawley agreed that salaries were generally flat. But he said really good candidates with big four accounting firm experience can negotiate a 5 per cent salary increase in a new role on average.
Offshoring and outsourcing are not having as much impact on the jobs market as in previous years, Mr Cawley said. “At the more transactional side, for every company that is experimenting with [going offshore], we’ve got another saying ‘we’ve had a bad experience with that and we’re bringing it back onshore’,” he said.
Robert Half data for a related sector – financial services roles for middle- and back-office functions – found the salary outlook was equally flat, with the exception of a few select roles.
“You’ve got pockets of high demand,” Robert Half’s Mr Jones said. “It’s around regulatory and compliance. You’re talking Sydney first and Melbourne. There’s a higher proportion of international organisations in Sydney.”
The firm’s salary guide shows Sydney-based compliance and anti-money laundering roles topped the list of salary increases with an average bump of 6 per cent and an expected pay range of $85,000 to $120,000.