Finance Staffing Ratio

Benchmarking Report

Finance Staffing Ratio

This PDF report includes benchmarking data (in a visual, chart-based format), an comprehensive KPI definition, characteristics of high performers and technical details on measuring Finance Staffing Ratio. Purchase and download this easy-to-understand, presentation-ready report immediately to compare performance levels, set attainable performance targets, and push towards best-in-class performance for this KPI.

What is Finance Staffing Ratio?

The number of company-wide employees divided by the total number of Finance Department employees working for the company at the same point in time. Finance employees typically include any staff working under the CFO within functions such as accounts payable, accounts receivable, accounting, financial reporting, treasury, tax, and budgeting/forecasting.

Why should Finance Staffing Ratio be measured?

Finance Staffing Ratio (i.e., total employees per finance employee) measures staffing levels within the Finance Department relative to the total headcount of the organization. Finance Department headcount should be relatively low as compared to other revenue-generating functions or lines of business, particularly in industries such as heavy manufacturing and consumer packaged goods, where day-to-day operations are more focused on producing and managing tangible assets. On the other end of that spectrum, investment banks, large insurance firms and commercial banks typically require more finance employees to support the day-to-day operations of the business (i.e., treasury management, international tax management, regulatory reporting, etc.). In any case, relatively high finance costs may be related to highly manual (i.e., error prone) accounting processes, a large amount of low-value work (e.g., excessive report generation, error correction, etc.), overstaffing and/or general inefficiencies within finance processes (e.g., financial close and reporting, account reconciliations, general ledger management, etc.).

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