Surveys

Audit / FTSE 250 Auditors Survey 2018: turning up the heat on audit firms

Big Four dominance of the £269m FTSE 250 audit market is under fire as MPS set alight competition and mid-tier firms fail to gain market share. In the annual Accountancy FTSE 250 auditors survey, Philip Smith examines the latest trends in audit fees and the lack of competition from outside the Big Four

Insight / BAME firm survey 2018: ethnic diversity stalls at the top firms

In Accountancy's second BAME Survey ethnic diversity at the top 10 accounting firms has stalled, showing very little growth over the past two years. Amy Austin examines why progress is so slow and why certain groups are shunning the profession altogether

Insight / Top 75 Firms trainees survey 2018: the trainee perspective

Amy Austin talks to a range of apprentices, school leavers and graduates across a range of accounting firms about the struggles of studying whilst working, why university is not always the answer, and where they see themselves in the future

Insight / Top 75 Firms trainee survey 2018: trainee numbers plateau

Trainee numbers are being squeezed despite demand for skilled staff, with the total number of trainees only growing by 2.8% in 2017 compared to an 18% rise in 2016, putting pressure on accounting firms. Philip Smith analyses the top 75 firms trainee numbers, salaries and qualifications by institute

Insight / Top 75 Firms survey 2018: risk of profit meltdown

In a record year for firms as fee income surges towards £15bn, profitability is being squeezed and smaller firms are at risk. Philip Smith analyses the latest financial results, profitability, growth areas and considers the key trends to watch

Insight / Top 75 Firms survey 2018: seventh consecutive year of market growth

The Accountancy Top 75 2018 survey shows that fee income, for so long the measure of success in the profession, continues its run of seven consecutive years of growth since 2011

Insight / FTSE 100 alumni survey 2017: Big Four dominate boardrooms and regulator

In our exclusive survey of FTSE 100 boards, Philip Smith analyses the undeniable power of the Big four in corporate boardrooms and in the Financial Reporting Council's (FRC) senior executive team, with 61 out of 100 audit committee chairs held by a Big Four alumni

Audit / Two thirds of FTSE 100 CFOs are ex-Big Four

Exclusive research conducted by Accountancy illustrates just how dominant the Big Four is as a force throughout FTSE 100 boardrooms

Audit / FTSE 100 Auditors Survey 2017

Despite a surge in audit tenders, the FTSE 100 audit market, valued at over £600m, remains the domain of the Big Four auditors. Philip Smith considers the impact on fee levels, the non audit services (NAS) cap and the competition among the biggest audit firms with PwC potentially losing £100m in audit fee income over the next year

Audit / Big Four dominate AIM audits, despite more firms participating in market

The Big Four still make up the bulk of audits in the Alternative Investment Market (AIM), although a greater number of firms hold at least one of the top 100 AIM audits, Accountancy research reveals  

Audit / AIM 100 Auditors Survey 2017

Beyond the main FTSE 350 market, the Big Four continue to dominate the audit space, but there is some room for competition on AIM. In Accountancy's first exclusive survey on audit activity in the AIM 100 market, Philip Smith analyses audit fee income and audit tenure periods

Insight / Top 25 survey: global accounting networks & associations 2017

The Big Four networks once again dominate the global accounting market as combined revenues hit $188.53bn (£146.14bn), a rise of 3% on the previous year, while Deloitte leapfrogs PwC to again claim number one position, reports Rachel Willcox

Insight / Top 25 survey 2017: UK outlook for global accounting networks

The UK accounts for 10% share of global fee income from the global networks and associations with total UK revenue hitting $18.8bn, up from $18.2bn year on year, although the market has been hit by the 14% drop in sterling value compared to the dollar due to the Brexit vote, reports Rachel Willcox

Insight / Top 25 survey 2017: lack of promotion for women at global accounting networks

Global accountancy networks are still struggling to disclose female partner numbers, with gender diversity growth across the networks stalling as women partner numbers fall by 10% compared to the previous year, reports Rachel Willcox

Insight / Intern survey 2017: emerging talent

In Accountancy's first survey of internships, Amy Austin talks to the top ten accounting firms about their intern programmes, pay rates and recruitment policies and talks to a handful of past and present interns about their personal experiences
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