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You are being stalked!

Do you feel like you are being stalked? Well, that could be the case, as a third of recruiters say they regularly use social media to ‘research’ potential candidates.

CIMA the choice for Big 4

The Big 4 accountancy firms are now recruiting a lot more CIMA PQs than ACCA ones, according to the recent Accountancy magazine survey.

Is a recruitment squeeze coming?

Trainee numbers at the Top 75 UK accounting firms are being squeezed, with the total number of trainees growing by just 2.8% in 2017, according to the latest comprehensive survey from Accountancy magazine.

Closing the pay gap

The Big 4 firms recently released new pay gap figures that included partners for the first time. So, how do they look?

Cryptocurrencies: so what do you know?

Accountancy professionals need to better understand cryptocurrencies, says Narayanan Vaidyanathan

How to be our PQ of the Year

We spoke to our recently crowned PQ of the Year, Tyson Nsimbe, about what makes him tick

How to get your small business off the ground

Darren Nicholls explains the ins and outs of running your business from your home

Association unveils new jobs shake-up

PQ has discovered that The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (The Association), the body formed by CIMA and its US partner the AICPA, has begun an extensive business transformation programme.

Big 4 firms are good for you

The Big 4 accountancy firms are a great place to work, but they wreak havoc with your work-life balance, according to the key findings of a new ACCA 'Generation Next' study.

The write stuff

Meet Jean-Paul Noel-Cephise, former accountant and author of 7 Deadly Dates

Make your mark

Alan Hatfield tells you exactly what you need to know to improve your leadership skills

Labour Party’s McDonnell takes aim at the Big 4 accountancy firms

Labour shadow chancellor John McDonnell says the large accountancy firms need to take a new ‘Hippocratic Oath’ to maximise the amount of tax their clients pay. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, McDonnell said the Big 4 were not doing enough to tackle tax avoidance. And he warned public anger over this issue was building.

Bringing finance into the digital age

PQ magazine sits down for one of its regular chats with the man in charge of the ongoing CIMA syllabus review, Noel Tagoe

Accountancy must lead the way when it come to equality of opportunity

The UK’s accountancy profession needs to change so it reflects the society it services – and a new ACCA survey highlights this point, says Maggie McGhee

Don’t fall prey to the identity thieves

Corporate identity theft is on the increase so it falls on us all to be vigilant. The case study here outlines a fictional scenario involving identity theft and offers some talking points and courses of action

Ready for the fourth industrial revolution?

PQ dropped into the ICAEW HE conference to hear how the future might look for today’s trainee accountants

MPs grill FRC chief on Carillion collapse

The FRC’s Stephen Haddrill recently answered questions from the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Works and Pensions committees. Here are extracts of the best bits…

ACCA now 200,000 strong

ACCA recently reached an impressive milestone – its 200,000th member.

EY graduates to become apprentices

EY has announced that it will be transforming its graduate programme in 2018 by offering apprenticeships to both existing students and new joiners. Eligible graduates will now have to work towards their professional accountancy qualification and a government-led Level 7 Apprenticeship in Accountancy and Taxation.

The cost of qualifying

CIMA’s three-tier exam fee system means UK students now pay £390 more than their colleagues in South Africa to sit the professional qualification exams.

A matter of trust

Professional membership of the ACCA is all about trust, says Claire Bennison

AAT unveils three new qualifications

AAT has launched three qualifications for those are aiming to take their first steps into a career in finance.

Do accountants have a future?

The robots are coming, but the big question is, will they be taking your accountancy job?

Rise of the regions

More and more graduates are looking to start their careers outside London, according to the latest stats.

All the sacrifice is worth it in the end

PQ has a guest editor this month – Craig Coda. Here he offers some top tips on how to study effectively

You’ve been hacked!

Ken Witt explains the growing role of the management accountant when it comes to protecting against cyber attacks

One out of 20 not a great stat

Just one of the UK’s 20 largest accounting firms is led by an executive with a Black, Asian and minority ethic (BAME) background, says Green Park and Operation Black Vote (OBV).

Chelsea star with a plan B

Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante has revealed that he is a trained accountant.

CIPFA and the AAT create apprenticeship pathway

CIPFA and the AAT have teamed up to provide the complete public finance apprenticeship pathway.

Ethics survey shows there’s more to do

A new report from ACCA exposes a worrying level of unethical behaviour in the workplace in the UK. ACCA’s Brian McEnery explains all

Making business Qlik

PQ magazine’s Graham Hambly went to talk to the CFO Tim MacCarrick about Qlik, a leader in the visual analytics market

Know your business

Josie Gowler offers some top tips on how you can hit the ground running when you start a new job

Where are the recruitment agencies now?

Has the internet created a better way of recruiting in the accountancy profession? One old timer thinks not…

Boost your career options

ICAEW unveils new designation for ambitious PQs who want to show commitment and drive

PwC publishes BAME pay gap

PwC has revealed that its UK Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff (BAME) earn 12.8% less than other employees.

How to get a master’s degree in six months

Shagufa’s story shows what can be achieved with dedication and hard work

Your guide to the revised CTA exam

The CTA qualification is getting a major overhaul – and it is looking good

CTA exam makeover

The Chartered Institute of Taxation unveiled its new-look CTA exams in early September, to much applause.

ICAEW unveils BFP qualification

Following discussions with leading employers, the ICAEW has launched a new PQ qualification – the Business & Finance Professional (BFP).

A bright future

Two ACAs explain how the ICAEW qualification has help boost their careers

How to give great financial presentations

Peter Simons has some advice on an activity that scares many of you witless – giving a presentation to your firm’s top brass

Female AAT students enjoy bigger earnings

Shock news! There is one accountancy professional body where women earn more than men at both student and affiliate level.

The future belongs to you

PQ magazine and London South Bank University’s one-day conference takes place in November. It’s free to all PQ readers – so make sure that you’re there

Step up for career success

Potential job candidates often assume that upon qualifying as an accountant they will automatically secure a job when applying for a role. What they don’t realise is employers are looking for a lot more than someone who is ‘good with the numbers’.

Drones are coming to an audit near you

Wave goodbye to your calculator, the accountant’s new best friend could be their pet drone!

Computer says no?

Vodafone is extending its AI recruitment system to include senior managers and executives. Currently, only candidates for call centre and shop-floor roles are being asked to submit to video interviews, answering a standard questionnaire.

KPMG settles US hiring discrimination case

KPMG in the US has agreed to pay out $420,000 in back pay, interest and benefits to failed Asian applicants for audit jobs, to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination.

Grant Thornton top for social mobility

The number-one employer in the UK for social mobility is… Grant Thornton.

Big 4 firms like a CIMA

The Big 4 employ more CIMA trainees than ACCA, according to the latest stats compiled by Accountancy magazine.

How to become a partner in your twenties

EY believes robots will take over 30% of the work currently done by its graduates.

What women want

PwC, EY, Deloitte and KPMG all made it on to The Times’ Top 50 employers for women list.

Show me the money!

Accountants have come clean and admitted that money is the key driver for many of them who are looking to switch jobs.

The robots are coming

Automation is coming and accountants know their world is going to change dramatically in the next five years, says FreeAgent’s COO Kevin McCallum.

Back of the net!

We spoke to the AAT’s new Apprentice of the Year Rebecca Fay about her prize-winning night, her career so far and her goals (sorry, excuse the pun!)

How to get your small business off the ground

Cyber crime is something that happens to other firms, right? Wrong! Follow Darren Nicholls tips and keep your firm safe

Show me the money! The survey

A new survey reveals what you really want from your job, says Karen Young

Brexit and the ACCA member

John Williams says ACCA PQs are well placed to enjoy a successful career, whatever happens when the UK leaves the EU

Mental health issues are on the rise

Physical and mental health issues are affecting nearly half of all ICAEW PQs, according to a new CABA survey on student wellbeing trends.

KPMG sacks six

KPMG has fired six staff members, including the head of its US audit practice, after the firm discovered they improperly received advanced warnings that the US watchdog was planning an inspection of one of their audits.

The reluctant accountant

Amnesty International’s Nicki Deeson was the star turn at the recent ICAEW prize-giving ceremony. She explains how auditing nearly put her off accountancy for life!

How to get your small business off the ground: auto enrolment

In this article we deal with the issue of pensions auto enrolment

Transformation is the key to success – as CIMA is proving

CIMA CEO Andrew Harding explains the thinking behind the institute’s new branding that has set the tongues wagging

Land your dream job

Greg Thorpe offers the job hunters among you some top tips for standing out on paper and in person

Is your future in data science?

James Taylor looks at how big data is changing the world for accountants – and creating opportunities, too

The morning ritual

Brian Scudamore, CEO of O2E Brands, recently set out six morning rituals that he believes will make you productive all day. Here they are:

Book review: TED Talks

TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris Anderson (Headline, £18.99)

Another first for AAT

AAT has become the first accountancy body to sign up to the Women in Finance Charter.

Public servant with a love for numbers

Meet CIPFA student Tim Mpofu, who was recently named our PQ of the Year

All spent out…?

With the public sector under increasing financial pressure, CIPFA has a some suggestions that just might help

How to get your small business off the ground

Welcome to the first in a new series on business basics – simple stuff that you should know about

Kaplan survey: what do Brits really think about accountants?

Accountancy might be perceived as ‘boring’, but it also has plenty to offer, according to a new survey, writes Mark Wolstenholme

Business models: the full stack

A new report from ACCA, Business models of the future: emerging value creation offers insights and analysis into how businesses and policy-makers can support and engage with a range of models that are transforming industries and ways of working in the 21st century.

Book review: What They Don’t Teach You at Harvard Business School

What They Don’t Teach You at Harvard Business School by Mark H McCormack (Profile Books, £9.99)

Employers need to do more

Employers need to do more to support their PQs.

Do you behave ethically?

How often do you ‘observe’ unethical behaviour at work?

Our survey said...

Are you offering your PQs the right types of study support? Hays’ Karen Young analyses the results of a joint PQ/Hays survey

The Apprenticeship Levy: helping fulfil the needs of employers

The Apprenticeship Levy is almost upon us. Mark Farrar explains its implications and outlines the advantages apprenticeships can bring

Improve your prospects

We spoke to Cheryl Ramsden from top recruiter Howett Thorpe about the general state of the job market

Pay ratios needed

More than 90% of AAT members believe executive pay would be better controlled by the introduction of pay ratios, according to the AAT Corporate Governance Survey 2017.

Audit isn’t sexy enough anymore

The audit profession is at a tipping point.

Technology is king

Wow Company’s Paul Bulpitt says it’s time for accountancy firms to get with the program and get IT savvy

Apprenticeships: change is imminent

James Taylor explains changes to apprenticeship funding due to come into force in April

Ensuring your longevity

Pauline Schu explains how to ensure longevity in a finance and accountancy career

‘Generation Next’ is ready to move

Young finance professional are almost permanently looking for a career promotion or a jump to a new job, says a new global survey from the ACCA.

Cyber security offers new career options

Simon Wright explains why this growing area offers opportunities for the right candidates

Future perfect

Karen Young explains on how PQs can ensure their skills stay relevant in a fast-changing profession

Now is a great time to be a PQ

We may live in increasing uncertain times, but one certainty for 2017 is that talented part qualifieds will still be in big demand, says Hays Accountancy & Finance’s Karen Young.

New gateway to the CGMA

CIMA and CIPFA have agreed a new ‘CPFA to CGMA Top Up through the CIMA Gateway’.

Recruitment firm target for hackers

Recruitment firm Michael Page has been hacked, resulting in the theft of the personal information of 710,000 applicants.

Seeking perfection: be the perfect finance professional

Faye Chua explains how you can become the perfect professional accountant

Salary survey: what are you worth?

Karen Young provides her insight into the newly released Hays UK Salary & Recruiting Trends 2017 guide.

Time for gender equality

Gillian Fawcett explains why CIPFA is setting up a Women in Public Finance Network to explore gender equality in public services

Are the NHS' foundations flawed?

Can the NHS’s transformations plans work? Some FDs have serious doubts

How to make sure you’ll fit right in

Karen Young explains how PQs can assess whether an employer is the right fit for them

Trainee unfairly sacked

A Circuit Civil Court in Ireland has ruled that trainee accountant Peter Nowak was unfairly dismissed by PwC.

Tax goes global

Ever looked at the Advanced Diploma in International Taxation (ADIT)?

Woman on a mission

Meet Rebecca Gilmour, a woman who took a different route to land the ACCA qualification

Make that job yours

Karen Young offers you some advice on super-charging your search for that dream role

Embrace the new world

Garry Carter argues the digital revolution is fundamentally changing accountancy – and you must take note!

Rising to the challenge

Accountants working in the public sector face a unique set of challenges. So how are they dealing with them?

Rise of the machines

Do CIMA PQs feel under threat from new technology? A CIMA survey found out, writes Tony Manwaring

Don’t get too close

EY has agreed to pay a whopping $9.3m to the US Securities and Exchange Commission to settle charges that two of its audit partners “got too close to their clients on a personal level and violated rules that ensure firms maintain their objectivity and impartiality during audits”.

Which accountancy firm is best?

So who is the best accountancy firm to work for?

Mazars recruits 170 new trainees

Mazars has announced it has taken on just over 170 trainees this year.

Ace that appraisal

Karen Young gives her expert advice for surpassing expectations in that all-important appraisal

ATT exams: meet a top performer

Lewis Richardson achieved the best performance by an apprentice in the November 2015 ATT exams. So we asked him how he did it

Automation a credible risk to business services jobs

The business services sector is at high risk of automation in the next 20 years, says a new report from Deloitte.

Meet the new boss

PQ editor Graham Hambly went for a chat with CIMA’s new CEO, Andrew Harding

FDs want to end tax havens

Most finance directors believe the time is now right for governments and international agencies to work together to abolish offshore tax havens.

What does your chief executive get paid?

ICAEW’s CEO Michael Izza got a nice rise in his pay packet again this year, according to our review of the annual reports.

Life after exams

Karen Young gives guidance on what to consider after your exams and before your results

It’s not about the money…

Salary is important, but it’s not the be all and end all of your working life, say Karen Young

Audit of revenue 'is a weakness’

Do the big firms need to do more training in the audit of revenue?

Sing for your supper

Sally O’Neill explains how the ACA qualification can get you where you want to go!

Whole of Government Accounts explained

Gillian Fawcett outlines why the Whole of Government Accounts are so important

‘Mismatch’ for young auditors

The whole audit process is being compromised by the social ‘mismatch’ between young, inexperienced auditors and older, more experienced client management, says award-winning research from US academics Bradley Bennett and Richard Hatfield.

Where's the diversity?

The year may be 2016, but the big accountancy firms’ diversity policies have some way to go.

Perceived bias of NHS finance

More needs to be done to improve gender diversity in NHS finance departments, says a report from Future-Focused Finance (FFF).

On the buses: how to succeed when you fail maths GCSE

Billionaire transport tycoon Brian Souter is living proof you can be successful and an accountant without a maths O-level! The son of a bus driver had wanted to be an accountant but couldn’t go to university at first because he didn’t have that maths O-level.

ICAEW bans digital watches from exams

The ICAEW has confirmed that digital watches will not be permitted in any ICAEW exam from June 2016.

How to deal with that counter offer

It’s a nice position to be in, but how do you deal with it, asks Karen Young

Your pay: don’t ask, don’t get!

Male accountants are more likely to push for a pay rise than their female colleagues, and are more likely to get one, says new research from the AAT.


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