IT Skills Accountants: A Study on Job Ads


  • Lidya Puspita Sari University of Negeri Malang
  • Ani Suryani
  • Zetty Zahureen Mohd Yusoff University of Teknologi MARA Selangor


Purpose This study aims to identify the IT skills required in the labour market for accounting staff, manager, and supervisor positions, and aimed to assist prospective accounting graduates to build the necessary skills to obtain the desired career.

Design/methodology/approach This study has utilized the content analysis method to analyze 543 job advertisements from the job street website. The data was then tested using the Kruskal Wallis test to determine the differences in the skill requirements between positions.

Findings The most in-demand skills across all positions are those associated with Microsoft Office and accounting software. The difference in needs at staff, supervisor, and manager positions was confirmed.  

Practical implications This study informs prospective accounting graduates about the labour market’s skill requirements and is expected to raise graduates’ awareness and understanding, allowing them to prepare the skills required for the expected jobs.

Originality/value —This study contributes to the previous literature by identifying the intensity of the need for information technology skills in the current digital era through the percentage of needs. Framed in the signalling theory, the content analysis of the paper presents the comparison of skills required among different positions (staff, supervisor, manager).

Keywords accountant; content analysis; IT skills; job advertisement; data analytic; accounting software

Paper type empirical paper

Author Biography

Ani Suryani

Accounting Department





How to Cite

Sari, L. P. ., Suryani, A., & Yusoff, Z. Z. M. . (2022). IT Skills Accountants: A Study on Job Ads. The International Journal of Accounting and Business Society, 30(2), 1–36. Retrieved from