Accountants seek flexibility - CIMA

A survey by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Global Accounting Network has found that more than half (55%) of qualified accountant respondents are motivated by flexibility and a greater work-life balance when considering taking up a new job role, a rise of 18% from 2015.

A Finance Indaba 2017 partner, CIMA is the world's largest and leading professional body of management accountants. Through its partnership with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), it supports 150 000 Chartered Global Management Accountants (CGMAs) across the globe. Badibanga 'Badi' Promesse (pictured) is the Regional Director at CIMA Africa.

The CIMA 2016 salary insights report, which surveyed 3 460 student accountant CIMA members and 4 467 qualified CIMA members, also found that 52% of qualified accountant respondents are motivated by financial reward.

The research also found 42% of qualified accountant respondents cite a good working environment as a main motivator, more than half (53%) of student accountant respondents are influenced by financial reward when considering a new role and 36% of student accountant respondents are motivated by a good working environment when considering a new role.