Leadership & management

Insight / Only 22% of CFOs rated personally effective

Under a quarter of CFOs are personally effective and most spend too long on finance tasks, wasting the equivalent of one day a week when they could be supporting the business in other areas, according to Gartner

Insight / How to handle romantic relationships at work

After a number of high profile dismissals over work-based relationships, Beverley Sunderland, managing director of Crossland, examines what steps to take to reduce risks for firms dealing with conflicts of interest, allegations of sexual harassment and claims for unfair dismissal

Insight / Institutional investors criticise UK’s biggest companies over workers’ pay

Some of the UK’s largest companies, including Royal Mail, JD Sports and Hargreaves Lansdown, have been told to improve workers’ pay rates in a letter signed by 21 asset managers, pension funds, stewardship service providers, and charitable investors

Insight / EY to cut back financial services team

EY has confirmed that up to 100 members of its financial services advisory business have been placed at risk of redundancy, as the firm seeks to reposition the team’s focus and spread technology expertise more widely

Insight / ACCA names Jenny Gu as president

ACCA has announced its new officer line-up at its annual general meeting, with Jenny Gu the first woman member from China elected as president

Insight / People in the news: RSM, MHA Moore and Smalley, BDO, Mazars

In this week’s accountancy career moves, senior hires and partner promotions at RSM, Progeny, MHA Moore and Smalley, BDO, Mazars

Insight / Tips and advice: what's your next job move?

The job market may be unpredictable, primarily caused by Brexit, but there are good opportunities for accountants with specialist knowledge in systems accounting and financial reporting. Helen Firth and Anna Miah at Morgan McKinley, review the options

Insight / EY partner earnings drop as fee income hits £2.45bn

Partner earnings at EY have fallen matched by a modest rise in annual fee income of £2.45bn, up 1.5%, as the Big Four firm focuses on improving diversity at partner level and investing in audit quality

Insight / Quantuma moves Bristol office to grow practice

Business advisory firm Quantuma LLP has taken on more office space and plans to double staff numbers

Insight / FTSE 100 CFOs dominated by men as gender diversity stalls

The majority of CFOs in the FTSE 100 are men, with only 14 of the top finance jobs held by women 

Insight / People in the news: MHA Henderson Loggie, Duff & Phelps, Cowgills

In this week’s accountancy career moves, senior hires and partner promotions at MHA Henderson Loggie, Duff & Phelps and Crowe, FD appointed at Beard and tax team expands at Cowgills  

Insight / PwC ranks top accounting firm for worker satisfaction

Accountants and auditors are the happiest and most loyal workers in the UK, but where are the top firms placed?

Insight / One in three millennial business owners dissatisfied with accountants

Millennial business owners are not happy with the service provided by their existing accountants and bookkeepers, with more than 39% of owners actively looking to replace their existing adviser in the next year

Insight / BKL acquires Green & Purple accountants

Chartered accountants BKL has acquired Green & Purple, an accounting firm specialising in providing chief financial officer (CFO) led virtual finance office services

Insight / Underwood: cry for help from accountants

Growing an accountancy practice in a highly competitive business environment requires a strategic vision and the desire to shake off the comfortable status quo. Keith Underwood, managing director of Foulger Underwood, gives some useful tips on how to future-proof your business