Insight / People in the news: RSM Saffrey Champness, Blick Rothenberg

This week’s news of professional moves in the sector includes an audit partner at RSM, Saffrey Champness gains a partner in its Inverness office and Blick Rothenberg hires a partner for its global mobility tax team

Insight / People in their 40s will have to work until 68

The pension age is set to hit 68 within 20 years as the government sets out a new timetable for retirement dates with those in their early forties likely to be hard hit

Insight / People in the news: EY, Grant Thornton, FRC

This week’s news of professional moves in the sector includes 63 equity partner appointments and promotions at EY, Grant Thornton promotes a director and appoints a non-executive director, and the FRC has appointed Andrew Vials and deputy chair of the Financial Reporting Review Panel

Insight / Accountancy graduate applications drop 21%

The number of graduates applying for roles in the accounting sector has dropped by a fifth (21%) as the expected average starting salary for graduates rises to £24,300, according to High Fliers Research

Insight / Blockchain surge driving recruitment demand

Half of financial services directors in the UK have already implemented blockchain and nearly a third plan to invest in this area in the future, driving up demand for finance professionals with technology skills, according to research from Robert Half Financial Services

Insight / Accounting student numbers up while audit firm numbers fall

The number of audit firms is continuing to decline, as is the growth rate in audit fee income at the Big Four firms, but total fee income from auditing public interest entities (PIEs) is growing, according to the latest assessment of the accountancy sector from the Financial Reporting Council (FRC)

Insight / Half of ACA students leave accountancy after a year

Almost half of ACA students are looking to move jobs a year after qualifying and most plan to leave the accounting sector to work in business, according to research by CABA which says employers need to look at ways of encouraging newly trained accountants to stay with them

Insight / KPMG latest signatory to Women in Finance charter

KPMG is amongst a cohort of financial services firms to sign up to the Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter, leaving Deloitte as the only one of the Big Four not to have made a public commitment to four industry actions in order to increase female representation

Insight / People in the news: PwC, Smith & Williamson, Mazars

Career news this week includes a raft of partner promotions at PwC and Smith & Williamson, Mazars appoints a non-executive director, Johnston Carmichael appoints a head for its entrepreneurial taxes team

Tax / Jane Ellison back at Treasury after losing seat as MP

Jane Ellison, former Conservative MP for Battersea and ex Treasury financial secretary, who lost her seat in last month’s general election, has been hired as a special adviser in the Treasury

Insight / Minister calls for more firms to sign Women in Finance Charter

More financial services and accounting firms need to sign up to the Women in Finance Charter and end the practice of encouraging a work environment where women are underpaid, underrepresented and undervalued, says City minister

Insight / People in the news: Smith Cooper, JW Hinks, Deloitte

This week's news of professional moves in the sector include 57 partner promotions at Deloitte. insolvency manager promotion at Smith Cooper, JW Hinks announces three senior promotions, and Russell Brennan Keane appoints two partners 

Insight / Grant Thornton top employer for social mobility

Mid-tier firm Grant Thornton has topped the first Social Mobility Employer Index, ranking employers on the actions they are taking to ensure talent is recruited from all backgrounds, with the Big Four all appearing in the top 20

Insight / Bill to stop unpaid work experience presented to Lords

A Bill to prohibit unpaid work experience for a period exceeding four weeks has been introduced to the House of Lords by Lord Holmes of Richmond

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