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Finance workers 'like flexibility'

07 Jan 2008

Finance workers 'like flexibility' Students looking for graduate jobs in finance may want to take note that workers in the sector regard flexible working as the most important thing in a remuneration package, according to a new report.

The research, by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), shows that although 84 per cent of employees in finance are happy with their current salary and benefits packages, flexible working was specified as an area of extreme importance in a package by workers.

Rick Sturge, director of employer and strategic development at CIMA, said: "Work life balance is becoming increasingly important for today's professionals and it is obvious that employers need to adjust their benefits package to respond to this trend."

He added that as finance employees are in such great demand, it is "important for employers to off a good all round package – not just financial, but work life – to recruit and retain top performing staff.

Employees in the section also rated extra holidays and working from home highly according to the research.

The report also highlighted that working longer hours was a noticeable trend in employees in finance. Over half said that they work between 41 and 50 hours every week.

CIMA works with employers and course providers all over the world to help educate financial managers.

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