Surveys

Insight / Top 75 accounting firms report 9% rise in fee income

For a seventh consecutive year firms in Accountancy’s Top 75 survey registered growth, with fee income up more than £1bn on last year to £13.9bn, a 9% increase, tempered by a drop in partner profitability

Insight / Top 75 firms survey 2017: profit squeeze as fee income nears £14bn

As fee income at the Top 75 accounting firms approaches £14bn, the cost of investment in technology and talent is squeezing partner profits across the board. Philip Smith analyses the latest financial results, profitability, growth areas and considers the key trends to watch

Insight / Editor’s comment: futureproofing profits at accounting firms

Profitability is being squeezed at accounting firms despite seven years of sustained growth at the Top 75 accounting firms in the UK. Sara White, editor of Accountancy on the trends to watch and prospects for the profession

Audit / FTSE 100 audit market ‘slowing’ despite 10% growth

The frequency of auditor changes among the FTSE 100 is beginning to slow, according to Big Four advisers taking part in Accountancy’s FTSE 100 Auditors Survey

Audit / FTSE 100: Auditors Survey 2016

With a record number of audits in the FTSE 100 switching auditor firms, Philip Smith considers the impact on fee levels, the non audit services (NAS) cap and a slowing volume of tendering activity, as the Big Four audit firms continue to dominate the listed market

Audit / Editor's comment: era of conflict over non audit services

As the FTSE 100 continues to revolve their audit contracts around the Big Four, the 70% cap on non-audit services is creating additional pressure for audit firms as they attempt to clean up their billing and divest of potential areas of conflict. The question for the boards of the major accountants is how the cap will affect future growth, says Sara White, editor of Accountancy

Insight / Top 25 survey: global accounting networks & associations 2016

Dominated by Big Four networks, the global accounting market is merging and evolving to retain client marketshare as combined revenues hit $183.92bn (£125.23bn), up 4.6% year on year, while growth at PwC International sees the network leapfrogging Deloitte into number one position, reports Rachel Willcox

Insight / Top 25 survey 2016: failure to promote women at global accounting networks

Gender diversity in the workplace is fundamental to business success; research has shown that companies with more women in leadership positions are more profitable and more efficient. But has anyone told the accountancy profession, asks Rachel Fielding?

Audit / FTSE 250: Auditors Survey 2016

With nearly half the companies in the FTSE 250 having recently switched auditor or planning to tender their audit in the next two years, the £185m UK audit market is going into overdrive, reports Philip Smith

Insight / Top 75 Firms trainees survey 2016: competing for talent to Top 75 accounting firms

With name, school and university stripped out of trainee applications and the top UK accounting firms vying to attract the best accounting applicants, Philip Smith reviews recruitment policy at the Top 75 Firms, including league tables of performance by trainee numbers

Insight / Top 75 firms survey 2016: merger frenzy

Accountancy’s annual Top 75 UK firms survey indicates an acquisitive mood among ambitious mid-tier firms and shifts among the Big Four rankings for the first time in years as annual fee income hits £12.8bn, and EY eclipses KPMG in the rankings. Philip Smith reports

Insight / EY ousts KPMG from number three spot in Top 75 Firms survey

For the first time, EY has pushed Big Four rival KPMG out of the number three slot in the annual Accountancy Top 75 accounting firms survey, hitting annual fee income of £2.01bn while the top 75 firms in the UK generated a record £12.8bn in revenues

Audit / FTSE 100 Auditors Survey 2015

A surge in audit tenders, shifting audit fees and greater scrutiny of non-audit service (NAS) fees is disrupting the FTSE 100 audit market. In our exclusive annual report into the FTSE 100, we analyse the audit fee income and audit tenure periods for the UK's top listed companies. By Philip Smith

Insight / Top 25 survey: global networks & associations 2015

A buoyant international accounting market and growth in emerging countries sees single-figure growth in fee income to $180.9bn (£118.3bn), up 6.1% year on year despite increasing regulatory pressure, reports Rachel Willcox

Audit / FTSE 250 auditors survey 2015: audit fee income hits £170m

Senior auditors are bracing themselves for an exceptionally busy year pitching for new business while trying to retain existing audit clients but once again the Big Four dominate the FTSE 250 as audit income rises and audit tenders increase, reports Philip Smith
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