Finance and accounting staff will receive an average salary boost of 3.4 percent next year despite the economic downturn, predicts recruiting company Robert Half International.

Researchers for the 2009 Robert Half Salary Guide said that companies are showing the most interest in professionals who can help their companies reduce inefficiencies and enhance profitability. Those who are familiar with International Financial Reporting Standards also are marketable. The positions most in demand include staff and senior accountants, public accountants, and credit and collections specialists.

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