Insight / Accounting technicians support ethnicity pay reporting

A survey of members of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) shows significant support for a requirement of companies to report differences in ethnicity pay among employees

Insight / Accounting and finance apprentices report above-average support

Accounting and finance apprentices receive above average support from HR teams during their apprenticeship programmes, according to an analysis of post-apprenticeship data captured over five years from more than 15,000 apprentices across nine industry sectors

Insight / Public sector accounting careers more inclusive, says ACCA

Public sector roles offer a more inclusive route into the accountancy profession according to the ACCA, which says global research suggests this is a more effective option for those from comparatively lower socio-economic backgrounds

Insight / People in the news: Saffery Champness, RSM, FRC

This week's news of professional moves in the sector includes a corporate partner joins RSM’s Manchester office, RSM gains a private client partner in its tax team, FRC appoints members to its actuarial and audit & assurance councils

Insight / Dave Dunckley confirmed as CEO of Grant Thornton

Grant Thornton has announced that Dave Dunckley, previously head of mid-market clients, has been confirmed as the firms CEO elect, subject to regulatory approval

Insight / Patisserie Valerie CEO resigns

Patisserie Valerie has appointed Stephen Francis as its chief executive officer with immediate effect following Paul May’s resignation, which comes only weeks after shareholders approved a rescue deal for the café chain

Insight / People in the news: Crowe, KPMG, Ayming

This week's news of professional moves in the sector includes a tax partner appointment at Crowe, KPMG appoints an international tax director in its London office, ex-KPMG partner joins Ayming

Insight / 33% drop in number of accounting job vacancies

Although there was a 26% increase in the number of accountants seeking jobs last month, there was a 7% drop in the number of vacancies with the amount of accounting jobs available decreasing 33% year-on-year, according to research from Morgan McKinley

Insight / People in the news: RSM, UHY Hacker Young, BDO

Career news this week includes RSM appoints a restructuring director in Bury St Edmonds, a partner joins UHY Hacker Young’s turnaround and recovery team, BDO promotes 900 staff across the firm

Insight / Firms favour communication skills over technical knowledge

The development of artificial intelligence (AI) has resulted in accounting firms prioritising human skills over technical knowledge when recruiting candidates, according to research from Reed Finance

Insight / Blick Rothenberg acquires Hazlems Fenton accountants

Blick Rothenberg, part of Cogital Group, is expanding with the acquisition of accounting firm Hazlems Fenton LLP, which primarily deals with entrepreneurial and owner-managed businesses

Insight / Living Wage rates rise to £9 an hour

At least 180,000 people that work for Living Wage employers across the country are set for a pay rise as the new Living Wage rates see an above inflationary increase

Audit / Stephen Haddrill to quit Financial Reporting Council

The head of the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) Stephen Haddrill is to leave the audit regulator as soon as a replacement is found

Insight / Big Four making progress on employee diversity

The Best Employers for Race - 2018 report, carried out by charity Business in the Community, has shown that the UK’s Big Four are among the UK’s best employers for taking a pro-active approach to address racial inequalities in their organisations

Insight / People in the news: IIRC, Carey Olsen, New Quadrant Partners

Career news this week includes partner appointments at New Quadrant Partners and Irwin Mitchell, while IAASB resumes search for new chair and the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) hires former McKinsey chief to head up organisation