Finance managers greet intake of staff from private sector

Finance directors welcome the influx of private-sector accountants into the charity sector, according to a survey from recruitment consultants, Hays Accountancy Personnel.

According to the study, 79 per cent of those surveyed expressed a positive attitude about their new colleagues. But the survey also revealed that a quarter of charity finance managers are annoyed at the unjustified labelling by their private-sector peers, some of whom see them as lacking in ambition.

July Jessop, business director of Hays Accountancy Personnel's charity division, said that this prejudice can create barriers for charity accountants trying to move into the private sector, especially in the current marketplace.

Third Sector's coverage of the survey (Third Sector, 23 October) should have stated that it was conducted by Hays Accountancy Personnel, the recruitment consultants, not Haysmacintyre, the accountants.

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