We typically see increased hiring this time of the year. Companies recognize that they need to be adequately staffed to prepare for the increased workload of tax season.
Pasadena, CA (PRWEB) March 21, 2013
The accounting and bookkeeping sector added 11,000 jobs in February, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics job report. Based on jobs data on Granted.com, employers expect industry activity to be sustainable and are hiring accounting staff to meet long-term demand.
February was a strong month for the accounting and bookkeeping sector, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics figures. The industry added 11,000 jobs last month in what was an overall uptick in professional and business services. The demand for accounting services corresponded with the busyness of tax season, as businesses and individuals prepare to file their taxes. Many accounting and bookkeeping firms amped up their staff to handle the seasonal demand.
Hiring data on Granted.com, a leading job search website, reflected the BLS trends. Over 8,300 accounting jobs were found at the time of this release, with required experience ranging from managerial to entry-level assistants. Nearly 500 jobs were for tax managers, in keeping with the trend of firms hiring to handle the greater business activity of tax season. The majority of the positions were for permanent, full-time positions, indicating that employers were recruiting for the long-term. This was a positive sign that companies anticipated a sustained level of business, and were not merely hiring to meet a temporary or seasonal increase in workflow.
Deciding whether future business activity will be great enough to warrant hiring new employees has always been difficult for employers, but is even more so in today’s economic times. The first instinct for many companies is to make do with their existing staff, even if that means that current employees are inevitably left overworked or overwhelmed. Companies view hiring a new worker as an investment, and will often not be pushed to do so unless they anticipate that the future workload will be greater than their current employees can handle.
“We typically see increased hiring this time of the year,” said Harrison Barnes, CEO of Granted.com. “Companies recognize that they need to be adequately staffed to prepare for the extra work and stricter deadlines that come with tax season. The fact that many of the positions on Granted are for permanent or full-time employees indicates that companies are anticipating a high level of business activity even after the tax season, and are interested in hiring with a long-term strategy in place. This is great news for accounting job seekers.”
Granted.com is a job search site based in Pasadena, CA. It is a part of the Employment Research Institute and owned by A. Harrison Barnes.