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Tech is transforming accounting and finance. What does that mean for you?

The opportunities outweigh the challenges

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Posted On JUN 26, 2023 

The digital revolution has dramatically changed the way we work, and it’s only just getting started. It’s going to reshape every sector – but what are the implications for accounting and finance?


AI and automation will displace 85 million jobs worldwide by 2025, according to the World Economic Forum. It’s no wonder that employees in every industry are looking nervously over their shoulders – and those working in accounting and finance are no different.


More than one in five employees in this sector worry their job will be replaced by technology, according to a recent survey by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, while 42% say they are ‘overwhelmed’ by the pace of technological change.


Machine learnings


The technological revolution has been underway for some time. EY, for one, was using AI to manage and analyze companies’ lease agreements as long ago as 2017. AI may even have helped you order your last burger – four years ago, McDonalds started using machine learning technology in its touchscreen kiosks to predict what you might like to eat.


Today, AI and robotic process automation (RPA) are handling many of the highly repeatable tasks that used to be done manually – and they’re doing those jobs with exacting accuracy and at speed, too. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they are coming for your job. There’s a more positive narrative here; that by taking care of the more mundane accountancy and finance tasks, technology can actually enhance rather than threaten livelihoods. 


It gives professionals the time and space to perform more meaningful work, which benefits both employee and employer.


“Automation will allow people to do more interesting work, more stimulating work.” says Kimberley Nation, Vice-President, Recruitment Solutions | Accounting & Finance at LHH. “It will also be a retention factor; we’re seeing employees are more engaged; they feel they are adding value. It allows you to make a bigger difference.” 


Attracting talent


Technology can also help attract new people to your team. The best candidates want to work for forward-thinking companies; in other words, those that are harnessing the power of this revolution.


“[This technology] also matters to the candidates when looking at jobs. They want to see if a company is really in tune with the future.” says Nate Lamberth, Performance Director, Accounting & Finance at LHH. “For companies who fall behind, it's going to be harder to attract and retain talent.”


Technology isn’t the end of the world, but the start of a new one. By anticipating and preparing for these changes, you can have one foot planted firmly in the future. 


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