Professional Development / People in the news: RSM, Smith & Williamson, FCA

This week's news of professional moves in the sector include a capital allowance specialist joins RSM, Smith & Williamson gains a partner in its restructuring team, FCA gains a non-executive director and appoints a new chair to its smaller business practitioner panel

Insight / Over half of accountants unhappy with their pay

Pressure has increased on firms to boost employee salaries as the 1.4% salary rise in accountancy falls below the UK average and 60% of finance employees plan to leave their job this year with the main reasons being lack of opportunity (30%) and pay (27%)

Insight / Accountants viewed as boring but well-paid

Stereotypes of accountants being boring but wealthy have not changed over the years as 44% of people consider accountancy to be the most boring career while over a quarter (27%) believe that it is the best paid profession

Insight / Adopting flexible working: useful tips

How can employers stuck in nine to five thinking free themselves up for flexible working? Jude Tavanyar, leadership consultant, explores the key issues for any organisation looking to move towards a flexible working approach

Insight / Retirement age heading to 68 years

The state pension age is likely to rise to 68 years of age by 2037 as early indications from the Cridland report show that the long-term affordability of the state-funded pension will be put under increasing pressure due to greater life expectancy, reports Sara White

Insight / AAT beats ICAEW to sign women in finance charter

AAT has beaten the ICAEW to become the first accountancy body to sign up to the government’s women in finance charter, as the Treasury announces almost half of UK financial services staff are now covered by the pledge for signatory firms to work together to help build greater gender balance

Professional Development / People in the news: BDO, Kingston Smith, FRC

Career news this week includes two partners join BDO from Grant Thornton and KPMG, Kingston Smith gains a senior solicitor, the FRC appoints a memeber to its board to take over from current memeber, Elizabeth Corley

Tax / Osborne appointed as Evening Standard editor

Ex-Chancellor, George Osborne has been appointed as the new editor of the London Evening Standard starting from May, its owner Evgeny Lebedev has confirmed

Insight / Reducing the financial skills gaps with T levels

Last week’s Budget saw a dramatic shake up of the vocational careers system, as the Chancellor announced the introduction of T levels. Karen Young, director of Hays Senior Finance, outlines the benefits of T levels for accountants and explains why there is still work to be done to reduce the skills gap

Insight / Female GSK CEO to get 25% pay cut

Emma Walmsley, the new CEO at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), and one of just seven female FTSE 100 leaders, is to be paid 25% less than the man she replaced at the helm of the pharmaceutical giant, it has been announced

Insight / ACCA launches first apprenticeship programme

National apprenticeship week, which ends today, saw ACCA announce the launch of its first apprenticeship, and identify small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) as vital to the take up and make a success of such schemes

Tax / Budget 2017: £5m fund to boost return to work after career breaks

The Chancellor has made a commitment to encourage retraining after long career breaks with £5m of new funding to identify how best to increase the number of returnships offering people who have taken lengthy career breaks a clear route back to employment

Tax / Budget 2017: 20% VAT on roaming charges outside EU

The Chancellor has announced the introduction of UK VAT on roaming telecoms services used outside the EU for the first time, meaning that holiday makers and business travellers will see a 20% hike in call charges

Insight / Number of women in top business roles falls

A global survey released on International Women’s Day has found that the proportion of senior business roles held by women in the UK has fallen from 21% in 2016 to 19% in 2017, just a 1% increase compared to the first survey in 2004, according to Grant Thornton

Insight / Grant Thornton partners with Cranfield for apprenticeship MBA

Grant Thornton UK is teaming up with Cranfield School of Management to develop and deliver an executive MBA (EMBA) programme funded via the new apprenticeship levy