As the recession begins to bite, accountants are increasingly trying to differentiate themselves from their fellow professionals, it has been claimed.
A new survey has revealed that 69 per cent of those working in the accountancy profession have perceived an increase in competitiveness in their workplaces as workers do their best to stave off the threat of redundancy.
The poll, conducted by Careers in Audit, found that 45 per cent are putting extra hours in each week in order to impress their employers.
Should the axe swing, accountants will not be found twiddling their thumbs, with 65 per cent claiming they would begin their job search immediately.
Another 13 per cent would aim to return to education while ten per cent would aim to go it alone with their own business.
According to Ian Little, group financial director (FD) for Access Technology Group and FD for Access Accounting, an accountant's "balanced and pragmatic approach to business [ ] can act as a steadying force" for businesses.
He told AccountingWEB.co.uk that these attributes are vital in any economic climate.