Log in

Skilled temp staff help finance stay ahead with digitalisation

Friday 7th December, 2018

According to research from recruitment specialist Robert Half UK three quarters (75%) of Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) believe digitalisation will have a positive impact for temporary employees within the finance department.

More than a third (34%) of CFOs agree that temporary staff will be crucial to ensure they stay ahead of industry automation, as more organisations look to implement automation software and solutions. A third (33%) also agree that temporary employees bring a broad range of in-demand skills to their business, including those that will help with the ongoing digital transformation.

In 2018, CFOs were most likely to allocate budget to hire temporary staff in financial management (32%), followed by accounting (28%) and credit management (27%).

Overall the research found, CFOs believe that digitalisation will benefit the finance department. Just under half (45%) acknowledge that it has increased team spirit, while nearly two thirds (63%) say it has improved team innovation. Digitalisation is also helping to drive efficiency within finance departments, with many implementing software to streamline operations, therefore reducing the need for staff who simply input data and code.

Vincent Brown, Vice-President at Robert Half UK commented: “The days of temporary staff acting as a stop gap in finance departments are long gone. CFOs now recognise the strategic value of temporary and contract staff, especially those who can help them adapt to digitalisation and implement automated processes that will save time and money. By augmenting the finance department with temporary staff, the priorities of meeting operation finance objectives can be maintained while allowing time for upskilling in new processes and systems.

“It is encouraging to see that CFOs believe digitalisation is improving team spirit and innovation ̶ two factors which have a huge impact on workplace morale. By hiring temporary staff who aide the digital transition to automation, CFOs can build a more collaborative, innovative and happier working environment for the long term.”