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CFO Survey: Flexible Schedule, Compensation Top Draws of Consulting Career

 

MENLO PARK, CA -- For time-pressed financial executives, the flexibility of a consulting career can hold wide appeal, a nationwide survey suggests.  Nearly one-third (32 percent) of chief financial officers (CFOs) polled recently said a flexible schedule is the most attractive aspect of a career in consulting.  Twenty-seven percent of those surveyed said the pay is the biggest benefit.

The survey was developed by Robert Half Management Resources, the world’s premier provider of senior-level accounting and finance professionals on a project and interim basis.  It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from 1,400 CFOs from a stratified random sample of U.S. companies with 20 or more employees.

CFOs were asked, “Which of the following do you believe is the most attractive aspect of a career in consulting?”  Their responses:

 

2006

 

2000

Flexible schedule

32%

 

30%

Attractive compensation

  27%

 

13%

Ability to make decisions more autonomously   

17%

 

11%

Variety and challenge of work

16%

 

35%

Other

1%

 

6%

Don’t know/no answer

7%

 

5%

 

100%

 

100%

“The consulting lifestyle is gaining popularity among financial executives trying to balance multiple priorities and obligations,” said Paul McDonald, executive director of Robert Half Management Resources.  “Many people are finding they enjoy greater personal and professional satisfaction by controlling when and how much they work.”

McDonald noted the opportunity to choose from a growing number of consulting projects has added to the appeal of this career option.  “An increasingly complex accounting environment has fueled the demand for C-level financial consultants.  Businesses are bringing in project professionals for internal audit, regulatory reporting and tax needs, as well as for large-scale initiatives including financial systems upgrades and business process improvement efforts.”

Robert Half Management Resources has more than 120 offices throughout North America, Europe and Australia, and offers online job search services at www.roberthalfmr.com.

 

 

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