Leadership & management

Insight / RSM invests in creditor services expansion

RSM is beefing up its creditor services business with a £100k plus investment, including substantial investment in products, people and premises, in anticipation of increasing activity as the UK economy comes under strain

Insight / EY chief Steve Varley takes on global sustainability role

Steve Varley, senior managing partner at EY, is stepping down as managing partner of the UK firm to take on a role as global vice chair for sustainability at the Big Four network

Insight / Former FRC audit chief Melanie Hind joins BDO

BDO Global has appointed Melanie Hind, former audit chief at the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) as head of assurance quality

Insight / Training to become an accountant costs £21k

Accountancy, teaching and law are the most difficult professions to access without a university degree, with the cost of becoming a professional seen as a more significant barrier than ethnicity

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 / MHA MacIntyre Hudson merges with Keens

Top 20 firm MHA MacIntyre Hudson has finalised a deal to merge its Milton Keynes operations with Keens Shay Keens MK LLP

Insight / People in the news: KPMG, Quantuma, Jeffreys Henry

In this week’s accountancy career moves, interim CEO appointed at Chartered IIA, board director hired at PASA, KPMG announces chair for south region and promotions at Jeffreys Henry and Quantuma

Insight / PwC opens Birmingham Paradise site

As part of a major regional expansion, PwC has started moving staff into a new Midlands headquarters at One Chamberlain Square in Birmingham’s Paradise development

Insight / Half of levy-funded apprenticeships are ‘fake’

Half of the apprenticeships started by employers and universities since the launch of the government levy in April 2017 are ‘fake’, according to analysis by education think tank EDSK which says urgent reform is needed to ensure value for money

Insight / RSM removes top management after accounting error

Mid-tier firm audit firm RSM has been forced to overhaul its executive team following the discovery of errors in the way in which it accounted for professional liability claims provisions going back several years

Insight / FTSE 100 CEOs earn average £900 an hour

Heads of the UK’s biggest companies only need to work until the end of today in order to make the same amount of money that the typical full-time employee will in the entire year

Insight / Ex Big Four staff chair majority of audit committees

Six out of 10 FTSE 100 audit committees are chaired by former Big Four audit firm alumni, according to exclusive research by Accountancy Daily

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 / People in the news: Watson Buckle, Raffingers, RSM

In this week’s accountancy career moves, new directors at Watson Buckle, hires at Mazars, Raffingers and RSM, and BDO set to recruit 600 trainees

Insight / Accountant dads suffer work-life crisis

As research shows that the accountancy sector is in the bottom three when it comes to granting dads improved work-life balance, Daddilife’s Joe Flanagan offers six ways employers can help their staff be better dads and happier workers