Finance and IT leaders are confident about business growth and continued strong hiring demand in 2016, according to Robert Half’s latest salary guide.

Some 86 per cent of CFOs and 77 per cent of CIOs anticipate business growth this year, and roughly half of hiring managers in each sector intend to add new headcount, the report shows.

In IT, the roles with greatest demand are business intelligence, infrastructure managers, ERP/CRM consultants, enterprise architects and IT project managers, while the hottest demand in finance is for finance managers, business analysts, financial accountants, financial analysts and management accountants.

The Sydney market is especially competitive, with the top five roles in each sector in demand terms all based there, said Robert Half Asia-Pacific managing director David Jones.

The report, which also surveyed 1,000 office workers, notes that salary expectations are still a key driver for attracting candidates, with 37 per cent of respondents saying a higher pay package would prompt them to leave their current role, above other considerations such as work-life balance and career advancement.