Payroll Agencies Lead Jobs Growth in the Tax & Accounting Industry

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By Beth Bellor

“It’s a good time to be a CPA,” says Brian Esko, and – with some notable exceptions – it’s hard to disagree.

The managing director and executive recruiter at Parker & Lynch and Ajilon Search points to an unemployment rate of roughly 1.5 percent for accounting, almost 300,000 new jobs created over the last 12 months and wages rising at roughly 3 percent annually.

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“For a CPA, there are more opportunities than ever in the market and companies are doing a better job of rewarding and retaining their people through compensation increases and internal growth opportunities,” Esko says.

In this report, CPA Trendlines highlights:

  • Current hiring trends in each of the bookkeeping, payroll, tax and CPA segments of the industry (all data seasonally adjusted)
  • Average hourly wages for key segments
  • Typical hours worked per week
  • Trends concerning women in the accounting workforce

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Hiring Trends Flash Warning Signs of Slowdown in Tax & Accounting

CPA firm staffing and wage growth signal weakness.

By Beth Bellor

Not only are several sectors in the tax and accounting industry charting new records in employee numbers, but wages often are up as well, according to new CPA Trendlines research.

MORE ON JOBS: CHARTS: Tax & Accounting Among Biggest Jobs Creators in U.S.
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But key indexes are flashing signs of a decelerating expansion, possibly augering a slowdown, or even cutbacks, in the months to come.

In this report, CPA Trendlines highlights:

  • Current hiring trends in each of the bookkeeping, payroll, tax and CPA segments of the industry (all data seasonally adjusted)
  • Average hourly wages for key segments
  • Typical hours worked per week
  • Trends concerning women in the accounting workforce

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Hiring Surge Powered by Growth in Payroll Agencies

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Tax & accounting industry adds 40,500 new jobs to hit new record.

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By Beth Bellor

Payroll is proving to a bright spot and women are making some impressive gains in our look at employment in the accounting profession. The latest CPA Trendlines Jobs Report also finds that tax preparation services employment spiked in March, even when seasonally adjusted.

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In this report, CPA Trendlines highlights:

  • Current hiring trends in each of the bookkeeping, payroll, tax and CPA segments of the industry (all data seasonally adjusted)
  • Average hourly wages for key segments
  • Typical hours worked per week
  • Trends concerning women in the accounting workforce

Typically, one respondent tells the CPA Trendlines Jobs Report said she’s “Not actively looking” for a new job, “but maybe I could be persuaded.” The reason: “Not comfortable with direction firm is taking.”

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Tax Shops Bulk Up for Big Busy Season

Wages hit new highs.

By Beth Bellor
CPA Trendlines

New hiring in the tax and accounting industry may be slowing in many areas, but the latest CPA Trendlines Jobs Report finds gains overall. Up is up and we’ll take it.

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Jobs Report: 43,000 New Hires

Hourly pay averages $33.53, up 4%.

By Beth Bellor
CPA Trendlines

As 2019 dawns, the most stunning trends in hiring in the tax and accounting industry is in payroll services, which shows year-over-year increases of 7 percent or more in overall employment, according to an exclusive CPA Trendlines analysis. Meanwhile, tax prep continues its slow slide.

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In this report, CPA Trendlines reports:

  • Current hiring trends in each of the bookkeeping, payroll, tax and CPA segments of the industry.
  • Average hourly wages for key segments
  • Typical hours worked per week
  • Trends concerning women in the accounting workforce

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Tax Shops Cut 6,200 Jobs

Signs of a hiring slowdown? Payroll agencies trim hours.

By Beth Bellor
CPA Trendlines

Are the heady days of hiring spikes over? Maybe, but the accounting profession still scores far more positives than negatives, according to a new CPA Trendlines analysis.

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New records are being set in overall staff, in payroll staff, and in bookkeeping. Tax preparation services, meanwhile, continue to shed employees. And payroll agencies are cutting back on hours worked.

In this report, CPA Trendlines highlights:

  • Current hiring trends in each of the bookkeeping, payroll, tax and CPA segments of the industry.
  • Average hourly wages for key segments
  • Typical hours worked per week
  • Trends concerning women in the accounting workforce

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Tax Shops Cut Staff by 10%

Is this any way to prepare for tax season 2019?

By Beth Bellor
CPA Trendlines

Accounting remains part of the general upturn in professional and business services employment, according to the latest data from CPA Trendlines research. Payroll remains a bright spot, especially for women, while tax prep grows ever gloomier.

MORE ON JOBS: Benefits, Perks, and Incentives: The Happy-Packs of Employee Satisfaction | Salary Survey: Top Skills Getting Top Pay | Accounting Wages Set New Record | All Staffed Up? New Tax Prep Hiring Stalls on Eve of Busy Season
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In this report, CPA Trendlines highlights:

  • Current hiring trends in each of the bookkeeping, payroll, tax and CPA segments of the industry.
  • Average hourly wages for key segments
  • Typical hours worked per week
  • Trends concerning women in the accounting workforce

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Accounting Wages Set New Record

Even as staffing growth hits the skids.

By Beth Bellor
CPA Trendlines

Employment growth in the accounting profession is flattening in many segments, and downright sliding from last year among staffers and in tax prep offices.

MORE ON JOBS: Accounting Salaries Hit New Highs | Tax Prep Services Slash 10,000 Jobs as Busy Season Begins | All Staffed Up? New Tax Prep Hiring Stalls on Eve of Busy Season | The Myth of the Staff Shortage | Regional CPA Firms Go Head-to-Head with Big Four in Talent Wars | Global Talent Wars Hit Home for Local Firms
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At the same time, hourly earnings are hitting new highs in several spots.

In this report, CPA Trendlines analyzes:

  • Current hiring trends in each of the bookkeeping, payroll, tax and CPA segments of the profession,
  • Average hourly earnings for each segment,
  • Average hours worked per week by segment and
  • Trends regarding women in the accounting workforce.

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Tax & Accounting Wages Up 4%

And, hours worked? Down all over.

By Beth Bellor

The accounting profession continues to make year-over-year gains, according to new CPA Trendlines research. Hourly earnings are growing more than 4 percent, and the number employed is up in all segments – except tax prep, which is down 8.9 percent… for now.

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In this report, CPA Trendlines highlights:

  • Current hiring trends in each of the bookkeeping, payroll, tax and CPA segments of the profession
  • Average hourly earnings for key segments
  • Average hours worked per week
  • Trends regarding women in the accounting workforce

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