There's good news for accounting and finance professionals -- starting salaries are expected to increase an average of 2.4 percent next year. But the news is far better for internal auditors and professionals focused on Sarbanes-Oxley and other corporate governance-related initiatives -- they're poised to see huge boosts in base compensation, according to staffing giant Robert Half International Inc.

According to RHI chairman and chief executive Max Messmer, compliance-related issues are fueling demand for workers with expertise in internal auditing and corporate governance regulations.

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