Leadership & management

Insight / Difficulty of juggling instant wins and long-term strategies for CFOs

Today more than ever, CFOs need to provide business strategy both in the long and short term. Angela Mazza Teufer, senior vice president at Oracle looks at how they can achieve just that without letting go of the day-to-day financial oversight

Insight / Big Four global heads make top 100 CEO listing

Despite a turbulent year for the Big Four, which saw strong criticism for their executive teams from MPs, the public and the regulators, the CEOs of EY, Deloitte, PWC and KPMG all feature in a new study of the world’s 100 most reputable CEOs

Insight / Calls to strengthen diversity pay reporting

MPs are keen to see more action on gender, ethnicity and executive pay reporting according to a survey by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) which found widespread support for tougher regulation, and is calling for more reporting on action plans to reduce imbalance

Insight / Accountants see marginal salary increase compared to lawyers

Accountants’ salaries saw a modest 3.2% growth in 2018 compared with legal services which saw salaries increase by 7.6%, although the average salary for an accountant remains higher, according to research from CV-Library

Tax / Dodwell replaces Morton as OTS head

Only five months after joining the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) as a senior policy adviser, Bill Dodwell has taken over the helm at the organisation succeeding Paul Morton who has been tax director since March 2017

Insight / Grant Thornton International posts 9.4% revenue rise

Grant Thornton International has recorded combined global revenues of $5.45bn for the financial year ended 30 September 2018, driven by broad-based growth of 9.4% across the network, its highest rate in six years

Insight / Shaw Gibbs merges with Pearson Bucholz

The top 100 accountancy firm has announced a decision to merge with Eynsham-based Xero Partner practice Pearson Bucholz with a view to pooling resources and improving its range of technology-based solutions

Insight / Hallam: where’s the reward in a no-deal Brexit?

With 80 days until Brexit, Nicholas Hallam, CEO of Accordance VAT, questions whether politicians have any understanding of the needs of business and the high risk stakes of a no-deal Brexit      

Insight / ‘Fat Cat Friday’ as FTSE 100 CEOs pocket average worker’s annual pay

Just three working days into 2019, the typical FTSE 100 chief executive has already been paid what it will take the average UK employee the rest of the year to earn, according to the High Pay Centre and the CIPD

Insight / Dealing with difficult bosses

Micromanager? Dictator? Bully? Favouritist? Incompetent? Bad bosses come in many forms and if you do not address the issue, working for them could have a severe impact on both your job performance and mental wellbeing. Simon Wright, managing director of CareersinAudit.com gives the inside track on survival tactics

Audit / FTSE 100 and Big Four alumni survey 2018: who are the real power brokers?

Increasing focus on the quality of audit in the UK means that the Big Four audit firms are under severe pressure with threats of breakup and radical reform. In our exclusive annual FTSE 100 Big Four Alumni survey, Philip Smith analyses the inextricable link between UK boards and the top audit firms

Insight / History of the top 10 audit firms: what's changed since 2003?

The demise of Arthur Andersen in 2002 was a watershed moment for the UK audit market. James Bunney looks at the history of the UK’s top 10 accountancy firms and how the Big Four firms - PwC, Deloitte, EY and KPMG - still dominate

Insight / KPMG fines staff £100 for late timesheets

Staff at KPMG have been threatened with £100 fines if they are late to file their timesheets, which record how long an employee spends on tasks, more than four times over the course of a financial year

Insight / Finance Mole: too much Glühwein on credit control trip

Finance Mole is forced to head to Frankfurt to flush out the cash when a recalcitrant customer fails to pay up with a tough-handed approach, but gets trapped in an un-magical Christmas market

Insight / Kingston Smith reports 13% revenue growth

Kingston Smith has posted a 13.4% hike in revenues coupled with a similar rise in profits for the year ended 30 April 2018, which the firm said represented largely organic growth driven by investment in people and technology
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