Professional Development

Insight / Accounting pay and vacancies on the increase

The accounting sector has seen one of the largest rises in advertised salaries over first quarter of the year, with a year-on-year increase of 6.6% compared to the national average of 1.3%, according to data from CV-Library

Professional Development / People in the news: HW Fisher, Brown Shipley, R3

In this week’s moves and appointments roundup, HW Fisher hires an audit partner and promotes an additional five staff members to partner, Brown Shipley hires a lending specialist, R3 appoints a president 

Insight / EY becomes official apprenticeship trainer

EY has been awarded employer provider status, which will allow the firm to officially deliver apprenticeship training to its people, and is looking to take on 200 apprentices in September

Tax / Brexit and EU rules: Posting of Workers Directive – part 2

In part two of our EU Directives series, Stefan Petrovski, accountant at Paris-based accounting firm Primexis, considers changes to the rules on secondment and posting of workers to other EU member states for provision of services by companies under the Posting of Workers Directive

Insight / Grant Thornton to open shared working office

Grant Thornton is creating the first collaborative working space in the south, based at the University of Southampton Science Park, to encourage collaboration and communication amongst employees and clients, with the space set to open in June

Insight / Ex-HMRC chief Lin Homer appointed to ICAS Council

Dame Lin Homer, who left her position as head of HMRC a year ago, is to join the ICAS council as a public interest member for a four-year term, the Scottish institute has announced

Professional Development / People in the news: Mercer & Hole, Clemence Hoar Cummings, EY

In this week’s moves and appointments roundup, Mercer & hole promotes and gains a tax manager, a long-standing staff member retires from Clemence Hoar Cummings, EY appoints a head for its asset intelligence practice 

Insight / Dealing with high staff turnover at accounting firms

Many accounting firms, including the Big Four, are unaware of the full extent of the costs incurred when hiring a new employee. Dan Rogers, co-founder at Peakon, outlines the costs and impact of replacing staff and the implications of staff retention

Tax / Compliance director Jennie Granger to leave HMRC

After nearly five years leading HMRC’s compliance activities, Jennie Granger, HMRC’s director general for customer compliance, is to leave the tax authority, at the same time as the tax authority loses Ruth Owen, the head of customer service and it wrestles with the rollout of Making Tax Digital, reports Sara White

Tax / HMRC customer service chief quits

The head of customer service at HMRC has announced she is leaving in May to go to the private sector after less than a year in the job, a role specially created for Ruth Owen in the recent HMRC customer service reorganisation

Insight / EY moves audit and accounting out of Inverness office

Following consultation, EY has confirmed that it will stop providing audit and accounting services from its Inverness office, with 27 out of the 35 employees losing their jobs

Insight / Higher NMW and NLW rates introduced

Around 1.7 million workers aged 25 years and over are in line for a potential 4.2% pay rise this week as their hourly national living wage (NLW) rate will rise by up to 30p to £7.50

Professional Development / People in the news: BDO, Bibby, Brown Shipley

This week's news of professional moves in the sector includes a private equity partner at BDO,   Bibby promotes a member of staff to CEO, Brown Shipley fills new head of lending role

Insight / Gender pay gap reporting – unknown pitfalls

Companies risk being exposed to bad publicity and reputational damage if they fail to avoid a hidden pitfall in new legislation on staff pay that comes into force from 6 April, warns Jodie Hill, a commercial and employment law specialist at Milners

Insight / FTSE 350 chiefs urged to increase diversity

Business minister, Margot James, has called on FTSE 350 companies to increase diversity, with the largest companies urged to take up the McGregor-Smith review recommendations on black and ethnic minority progression in the workplace