According to research by the World Economic Forum, EQ will be the sixth-most important skill required of employees in 2020, just behind complex problem solving, critical thinking and creativity
Emotional intelligence is the buzz word in hiring circles in Luxembourg, recruiters Robert Half found in their 2020 salary guide.
“Emotional intelligence (EQ) is one of the qualities they [employers] value most in a staff member. This is because EQ is becoming more and more important in a world where automation and robots are set to take on many of the more mundane and manual tasks that people do today,” the report read.
Strong communications, empathy and the ability to collaborate will also be highly valued, the report added. The report found that hiring managers were using a range of tools to assess emotional intelligence, such as personality tests and references from previous employers.
Aggregating advertised salaries for finance and accounting roles, the report found that at entry level AP/AR accountants could expect to earn €35,000 per year, senior acountants €55,000, general ledger accountants €42,000, controllers €62,000 and auditors €38,000. An entry level accounting manager meanwhile could expect to earn €62,000, head of controlling €72,000, finance manager €82,000 and starting CFO/finance director €85,000.
The chart below shows the scale depending on experience, skills and training.