Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Go Home, Accounting Firms

While demand for professional accountants and financial planners increase, the Northeast finds an acute shortfall of qualified talent. One approach to solving the shortfall--hire stay-at-home moms and retired accountants as part-time employees. Not only do women and retirees have the skills and work ethic required for the job, but the marketplace has tended to overlook part-time professional employees. The employees, on the other hand, appreciate the work schedule flexibility, the reasonably good pay and the chance to reuse their skills.

I have some bias on this issue, as my wife worked part-time when I was teaching in Alabama 10 years ago. Hopefully, more firms will consider part-time employment for professional as well as non-professional employees.


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