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Audit / Big Four FTSE 100 audit fees hit record £726m

The UK’s top 100 listed companies have seen an 8% hike in annual audits fees to hit £726m, as Big Four dominance locks out challenger firms while investment and regulatory pressure drives up costs

Audit / FTSE 100: audit fees hit record levels

As the impact of intense regulatory scrutiny and audit automation escalates, the UK’s top 100 listed companies saw an 8% hike in annual audit fees to hit £726m, amid an increasing lack of competition due to Big Four dominance, Philip Smith reports

Insight / BAME firm survey 2020: slow progress despite BLM push for change

In Accountancy Daily’s third survey of ethnic diversity within the UK’s top accountancy firms, data reveal partners and staff remain overwhelmingly white while Black Lives Matter movement forces concrete action

Audit / FTSE 250: firms in fees bonanza amid regulatory scrutiny

The long-expected hike in audit fees has finally come to pass, with FTSE 250 companies now paying on average 14% more this year to their auditors than last year, while challenger firms are beginning to make inroads, reports Philip Smith

Insight / Mid-tier firm challenger RSM names Rob Donaldson as CEO

Top 10 accounting firm RSM has named Rob Donaldson as CEO three months after the mid-tier cleared out the executive team 

Insight / Top 75 Firms trainees: how salary packages stack up

As part of the exclusive Accountancy Daily Top 75 Firms trainees survey, Philip Smith analyses the driving factors shaping the recruitment market for trainees, part qualifieds and newly qualifieds based on Hays data with salaries split by qualification and geographic location 

Insight / Trainee numbers drop at Top 75 accountancy firms

Trainees numbers are down at the Top 75 accounting firms despite rising fee income, signalling the first slide in numbers since the fallout from the crash a decade ago

Insight / Top 75 Firms trainee survey 2020: contracting numbers

High demand for training places at the leading accounting firms belies the fact that trainee numbers are down. Philip Smith analyses hiring trends, the use of apprenticeships and attempts to improve diversity across the profession

Insight / Top 75 Firms trainees: why train to be an accountant?

Accountancy Daily talks to a selection of trainees about why they want to become an accountant, and the pros and cons of their training on a mix of graduate schemes, school leaver programmes and apprenticeships

Insight / Top 75 Firms survey 2020: record profits as partner numbers cut

Revenue at the UK’s top accounting firms is on a growth trajectory with 7% growth as income exceeds £16.8bn but stronger profitability and rising staff numbers has resulted in a decline in partner numbers as the fee to partner ratio has risen, reports Philip Smith

Insight / Top 25 accounting firms in 2010: where are they now?

A decade since the financial crash, the top 25 accountancy firms look rather different to their pre-2009 counterparts, except for the ever expanding Big Four. Philip Smith assesses the cataclysmic changes of the last 10 years, with revenue comparisons 

Insight / Big Four alumni at FRC: who’s running the audit regulator?

The Financial Reporting Council is set for a complete overhaul this year and heavy criticism of the regulator has seen a purge of top management with fewer Big Four alumni in key positions

Insight / Big Four Alumni Survey: questions of conflict at FTSE 100

As the Big Four audit firms come under continuing criticism over client conflict and lack of robust interrogation of client boards, the annual Accountancy Daily FTSE 100 Alumni Survey finds widespread representation by Big Four alumni at the highest levels of UK listed companies. Philip Smith reports

Insight / Big Four auditors dominate £910m listed audit market

The Big Four audit firms have pushed all competition out of the FTSE 100 audit market in the last 12 months as BDO and Grant Thornton both lose top tier audit client ranking

Audit / FTSE 100 Auditors Survey 2019

Big Four firms now have total domination of the FTSE 100 audit market as mid-tier presence is squeezed out of the market. Philip Smith analyses the £700m plus audit market, highlighting the risk of substantial audit fee price rises after year-one audit wins and the impact of second-cycle audit tendering on competition
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