Leadership & management

Insight / 'Motherhood penalty’ creates financial services gender gap

Motherhood is a key driver behind the lack of women in top roles in financial services, according to research commissioned by the Association of British Insurers (ABI), which says more evidence of ‘what works’ is needed to tackle the disparity

Insight / Deloitte’s global revenues hit $43.2bn

Deloitte has reported an 11.3% rise in global revenues, which hit $43.2bn (£323.7bn) for the fiscal year ended 31 May 2018, making the firm the current leader of the Big Four worldwide

Tax / HMRC’s head of strategy leaves for Bank of England job

Nick Lodge, director general of HMRC’s strategy group, has taken up a new position with the Bank of England, after a 28-year career with the tax authority

Insight / Andersen Global announces board of directors for Europe

Andersen Global, the international association of tax specialist firms set up by former Arthur Andersen staffers, has announced a new board of directors for Europe, including the heads of its London and Dublin representative firms

Insight / FTSE 100 failing at diversity reporting

The way the UK’s largest companies report on boardroom diversity needs improvement, according to research conducted for the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), which found that only 15% of FTSE 100 companies fully complied with the UK corporate governance code’s provision in this area

Insight / EY launches financial wellness support for staff

EY has launched a financial wellness hub for its staff in the UK, with the aim of helping them to manage their personal finances and improve their financial wellbeing

Insight / HG Capital invests in Brightpay payroll software provider

Private equity firm HgCapital have invested an undisclosed sum in BrightPay, the Irish accounting and payroll software provider, ahead of government PAYE reform which will see Ireland move to real time reporting

Insight / EY tech investment pays off as revenue hits $34.8bn

The Big Four firm EY has announced record revenue figures which it claims are the result of intensive investment in emerging technologies as fee income rises by 7.4%

Insight / Female SME director representation outstrips FTSE 100

A third of directors at UK SMEs are female - a higher percentage than in the FTST 100 - according to analysis by Moore Stephens, which says this is a sign that entrepreneurship amongst women continues to grow

Insight / EY has 50:50 gender-balanced board

EY has announced its two latest board appointments, both of whom are women, bringing a 50:50 gender balance to its top team of ten executives

Insight / ACA qualified graduates in high demand across accounting and finance recruitment

Marcus Williams, associate director of financial services at Morgan McKinley, reviews the key trends across financial services and accounting recruitment in Q2, with demand for ACA qualified graduates and Big Four candidates with experience in consolidations growing

Insight / Green-fingered accountant ends 42-year career

Midlands firm Smith Cooper has announced the retirement of its longest serving member of staff, Peter Hargreaves, who is leaving after 42 years but will remain in touch for the foreseeable future as a part-time consultant

Insight / Sage CEO leaves with immediate effect

Stephen Kelly, CEO of the Sage Group, has stepped down with immediate effect, and chief financial officer (CFO) Steve Hare has been named as chief operating officer (COO) on an interim basis at the accounting software specialist

Insight / Creating a personal brand: tips and advice

Laura Little, learning and development manager at CABA, explains the importance of the personal brand and gives advice on how to create one that differentiates you from the competition

Insight / The future of AI and machine learning for CFOs

As development in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning picks up up speed, Clive Swan, senior vice president for applications development at Oracle, considers the pros and cons of AI for chief financial officers