Finance Budget & Headcount Benchmarks

In the heat of planning season, Finance executives must make critical resource allocation decisions, often with limited information. The most accurate way to assess performance and identify inefficiencies is with relevant data from peer organizations. CEB’s Annual Budget & Headcount Benchmarking provides Finance, Audit, Tax, and Treasury executives with the peer comparisons they need to make the right organizational structure, budgeting, and staffing choices for the coming year.


More than 400 Finance, Audit, Tax, and Treasury organizations participated in the 2012 Survey. View the results to:

  • Plan for future budget and staffing levels
  • Forecast the effects of dramatic organizational change
  • Prioritize resource allocations to high-value activities
  • Identify process inefficiencies
  • Over 475 participated in our Finance function Budget and Headcount survey this year.
  • Global Participation: See how Internal Audit, Tax, Controller, Treasury, and IR functions from around the world are allocating limited funds to drive business outcomes.
  • Ability to Segment Results: Compare your budget plans against peers of similar region, industry, revenue, business strategy, and information intensity.
  • Participate to Compare Analysis of Key Metrics: Your custom report will compare your Finance budget and staff data against those of peer organizations.

Key Benchmarks

  • Year-Over-Year Budget and Staff Growth
  • Budget as Percentage of Revenue
  • Budget Allocation by Line Item
  • Budget Allocation by Activity
  • Finance FTE's per $Billion of Revenue
  • Finance FTE's as Percentage of Total Company Staff
  • Staff Allocation by Administrative Level
  • Staff Allocation by Activity

Online Benchmarking Tool

CEB members have access to our online benchmarking tool that allows you to create your own peer groups and view multiple charts and topics to help analyze benchmarking data. You can select different analyses and cut data in various ways to gain immediate insight into the metrics, plus you can export charts to PowerPoint for presentations.