Survey: Nearly 9 in 10 CFOs in Canada Find Consulting an Attractive Career Option

Financial Executives Enticed by Variety and Challenge of Work

Toronto, ON  Is a seat in the C-suite the final phase of a successful career? Not necessarily, according to a new survey of CFOs from Robert Half Management Resources. Nearly nine in 10 financial executives in Canada reported they think a career in consulting attractive to senior-level accounting and finance executives; of those, 35 per cent find it very attractive, and 55 per cent consider it at least somewhat attractive.

For 26 per cent of respondents who consider consulting an attractive option, the most appealing aspect is the variety and challenge of the work. About two in 10 CFOs report a flexible schedule (24 per cent) and attractive compensation (18 per cent) are the biggest draws.

View an infographic about the call of consulting for the complete survey findings.

“Consulting careers offer experienced finance professionals exposure to a wider variety of organizations, industries and projects ― and in turn, companies gain the specialized interim expertise they seek to drive new change-management initiatives, or adapt to shifting regulatory needs,” said David King, senior district president of Robert Half Management Resources. “Senior-level finance professionals have many years of experience helping businesses realize their financial goals, making them ideal resources to provide strategic advice and counsel.”

Added King, “Consulting allows experienced finance professionals a refreshing change of pace and greater flexibility, while still advancing their career through new projects and challenges.”

What attributes do consultants need? Robert Half Management Resources highlights five key traits:

  1. Adaptability — Consultants must be comfortable acclimating to new people, processes and technologies as they move from one assignment to another.  
  2. Change management — Consultants often need to support teams during times of transition. Offering insights based on past experiences can help firms navigate new territory.
  3. Drive and enthusiasm — Companies rely on consultants to take initiative and help carry a project through to completion — and motivate staff and stakeholders along the way. 
  4. Soft skills — Consultants must be able to effectively communicate information and ideas, align diverse viewpoints, and collaborate with colleagues across the organization.    
  5. Technical expertise — Firms seek professionals who possess the subject matter knowledge and systems proficiency to parachute into a situation and hit the ground running. 


About the Research

The online survey was developed by Robert Half Management Resources and conducted by an independent research firm. It is based on responses from more than 300 CFOs at companies across Canada with 20 or more employees.


About Robert Half Management Resources
Robert Half Management Resources is the premier provider of senior-level finance, accounting and business systems professionals for companies’ project and interim staffing needs. Customizing its approach for each organization, Robert Half Management Resources can provide a single consultant, a financial team or full-service consulting, delivered through Protiviti, a Robert Half subsidiary. With more than 135 locations worldwide, Robert Half Management Resources works with companies of all sizes, including more than half of the top 100 companies from the FORTUNE 500®. For more information, visit