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Emotional intelligence is key to success in digital age

ACCA says emotional intelligence is vital for the success of professional accountants in a digital age ... [More»]

PQ shortlisted for another award

It was great to see today that PQ magazine has been nominated for a LUCA award ... [More»]

Your fired!

So, what are the top signs that someone is about to be fired? ... [More»]

An end to non-audit add-ons?

KPMG says it will limit the work it will provide for audit clients ... [More»]

Trainee accountant guilty of £30,000 VAT fraud

PQ creates phoney invoice chain to reclaim VAT from wife's cake company ... [More»]

Come to the Dark Side…

Sign up now for our free one-day conference on 28 November ... [More»]

Turn on LSBF TV

A free-to-view television network, airing every Friday afternoon, has been launched for AAT PQs. ... [More»]

Time to get nominating

Do you know someone who needs a PQ magazine award? ... [More»]

Haddrill to step down in 2019

FRC CEO Stephen Haddrill puts an end to the speculation ... [More»]

IASB clarifies ‘material’ definition

The International Accounting Standards Board issues amendments to its definition of material ... [More»]

The fear of failure

What is stopping accountants changing jobs? The fear of rejection is right up there! ... [More»]

MORE BUDGET STUFF…

Here’s more from the chancellor’s budget you might want to know! ... [More»]

Insolvency on the rise

New figures released today show that corporate insolvencies in Q3 jumped by 19.3 per cent ... [More»]

CIPFA networking

The CIPFA Student Network has a number of Strategic Case Study preparation events coming up... ... [More»]

UK BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS

Here’s our take on the October 2018 Budget… ... [More»]

Fall in CIMA strategic case pass rate

CIMA PQs may have to read up a bit more on the newspaper industry, if the latest strategic case study results are anything to go by! ... [More»]

Passing AAT with distinction

The AAT’s latest pass rates come with a breakdown of the number of ‘pass’, ‘merit’ and ‘distinctions’ awarded to AAT PQs at the various levels of the qualification ... [More»]

Are you working hard enough?

Work is tough enough without hating the people you work with! ... [More»]

Those late filing excuses

Each year Companies House receive a whole stack of unusual excuses from directors who fail to file their company accounts on time ... [More»]

The demise of 3aaa

The sudden collapse of 3aaa, one of the UK’s largest apprenticeship providers, has sent shock waves across the industry ... [More»]

Three out of three wins

The latest ICAEW Professional level exam results show just under 80% of ACA PQs sitting three papers (79.2%) passed all the exams they sat ... [More»]

Fake degree scam

ACCA and Middlesex University have cracked down hard on a group of students who all claimed to have been awarded degrees from Middlesex University, when they were all obvious forgeries! ... [More»]

Accountancy has a future

The need for an accountancy qualification will be as relevant in 10 years time as it is today, claims big data expert Sam Ellis ... [More»]

CIMA syllabus update - in 2019!

CIMA’s new syllabus is on track to be ‘presented’ to the world in early 2019, PQ magazine can confirm ... [More»]

ACCA unveils pass rates for September 2018 exams

So just how taxing was the September sitting? Here are the pass rates ... [More»]

Dyslexic employees the answer

Dyslexic employees could help to solve the skills shortages of the future, claims a new EY and Made by Dyslexia report ... [More»]

Brexit recruitment boom for grads

Graduates leaving university next summer will find a plethora of jobs in the public sector, according to figures complied by ‘The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers’ ... [More»]

Patisserie Valerie’s woes just go on and on

Over the weekend there was the shock disclosure of £10m of unreported loans with Barclays and HSBC ... [More»]

EY removes face-to-face final interview

From application to job offer will now take five weeks at EY ... [More»]

Retaining talent is key

Public sector accountancy need to be made more attractive to ensure that young talent stays and helps countries develop, says African Union’s Assietou Sylla Diouf ... [More»]

Young fraud victims on the rise

New data reveals 24% rise in under-21s falling victim of identity fraud ... [More»]

Tune in to TV for AATs

LSBF launches a regular tv shows for AATs – so tune in for FREE every Friday!  ... [More»]

Patisserie Valerie suspends shares

The owner of Patisserie Valerie has suspended trading in its shares over “significant, potentially fraudulent accounting irregularities”  ... [More»]

FRC sets out new strategic focus

Does the consulting work undertaken by auditors compromise their independence? ... [More»]

JOB OF THE MONTH

The Bedford Estates is looking for a Financial Accountant - do you fit the bill? ... [More»]

Salaries on the rise

Salaries for accounting roles across the UK saw a massive jump of 8.8% in September, when compared to data from the same period in 2017 ... [More»]

What no pot noodles?

Waitrose recently got into hot water when it put forward its rather wonderful ‘Student Store Cupboard’ for graduates off to university ... [More»]

Staff ‘too young and raw’

HM Treasury staff are often “too young and inexperienced” to make good decisions about where the best place is to spend taxpayers money, claims the Institute for Government ... [More»]

CMA launches immediate review of audit sector

The Competition & Markets Authority has launched a detailed investigation of the audit sector, following concerns that it is not working well for either the economy or investors ... [More»]

Five long years, and more…

Over 170,000 accountancy trainees are still studying five years after they first signed up to their professional accountancy body ... [More»]

JOB OF THE WEEK

An investment manager, who are growing their team, are looking for an experienced Fund Accountant to help with the developing pensions funds  ... [More»]

Let them in

Universities UK believe that in order to avoid missing out on international talent, overseas students to the UK should be given a two-year work visa after graduation ... [More»]

It’s your time to shine

Do you know anyone who deserves a nice shiny ‘PQ’. There are now 18 up for grabs, as we open for nominations this month for the PQ magazine Awards 2019 ... [More»]

JOB OF THE WEEK

Service Charge Accountant needed to join Rendall & Rittner head office in Aldgate ... [More»]

Latest PQ magazine hits the streets

The new PQ magazine is now 'out' and hitting letter boxes and in boxes around the world today! ... [More»]

Consultancy fees drop…

…but audit fees on the rise. ... [More»]

New crackdown on reckless directors

The UK government is to press ahead with new plans to safeguard workers, pensions and small suppliers when a company goes bust ... [More»]

ACCA SEPTEMBER EXAM FEEDBACK

The paper-by paper guide to the September 2018 sitting… ... [More»]

ACCA EXAMS – DAY FIVE

How was FM and AFM? You told us… ... [More»]

ACCA EXAMS – DAY FOUR

What did sitters think of the Financial Reporting and Strategic Business Reporting exams? ... [More»]

Self-employed tax cuts scrapped

Treasury abandons plans to abolish Class 2 NICs for self-employed ... [More»]

Councils behaving badly

Local councils and other public sector organisations are too aggressive when dealing with people with ‘problem debts, says a report from the NAO ... [More»]

ACCA EXAMS – DAY THREE

How did PM and APM go? You tell us… ... [More»]

Taxes must rise, says Welby

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has called for a more just economy and fairer taxation of large technology firms ... [More»]

Tax penalty proposals unfair

ATT has said that the new tax penalty proposals from HMRC are unfair and could result in taxpayers suffering from substantial repayments. ... [More»]

A cheaper degree?

More students are applying for two-year degrees in order to cut costs. ... [More»]

ACCA EXAMS – DAY TWO

Latest feedback from the TX, ATX and SBL September exams ... [More»]

ING fail to prevent financial crime

ING has been fined €775m after insufficient safegaurds led to the bank being used for criminal activities, such as money laundering, during the six-year period between 2010 and 2016. ... [More»]

Revenue rises at Deloitte

Deloitte’s 702 equity partners will receive a bumper payout of £832,000 on average for the last financial year. ... [More»]

Mourinho ‘sentenced’ for tax evasion

Manchester United manager José Mourinho has been given a one-year jail sentence for tax evasion. ... [More»]

Grant Thornton fined over ethics breach

Grant Thornton UK LLP and three senior auditors have been fired and reprimanded by the FRC over the audit of Nichols PLC and the University of Salford. ... [More»]

JOB OF THE WEEK

Assistant Management Accountant Role at BAE Systems ... [More»]

ACCA EXAMS – DAY ONE

Here’s our feedback for the first day of the September 2018 ACCA exams  ... [More»]

Once bitten, twice shy

TSB boss Paul Pester finally steps down after the most recent IT failure in a long string of problems for the bank. ... [More»]

Alternatives to taxation?

A new report published today by AAT recommends a number of ways of saving billions of pounds, rather than simply increasing taxation and borrowing. ... [More»]

Going flexible with PwC

PwC is opening up a new recruitment route to respond to the increasing demand from people to work flexibly and forgo traditional working patterns ... [More»]

You could be a winner

This month we are giving away two fantastic books, ‘The Mensa Quiz Book’ and ‘The Pacesetters.’ Take a look at page 30 of our August issue to find out how to enter the draws, and you could be in with a chance of winning!  ... [More»]

Students - Claim Tax Refunds Now

Graduates who have been working over the summer must make sure they have not overpaid tax, says the Low Incomes Tax Reform group. ... [More»]

HMRC blocks tax avoiding celebrities from honours

Don’t expect a knighthood if you join a tax avoidance scheme. ... [More»]

ACCA September exam tips

Here’s BPP ‘advice’ on how to plan for success at the September sitting ... [More»]

Woman at the top?

Could Deloitte could become the first Big 4 firm in the UK to be led by a woman? ... [More»]

Improving financial instruments reporting

IPSAS 41 released to improve financial instruments reporting ... [More»]

Time to enter CIPFA’s Public Finance Awards?

The Public Finance Awards are now open for entry ... [More»]

Finance salaries hit three-month high

Average salaries for finance professional jumped by 3% year-on-year in July ... [More»]

Speaking with one voice

The Big nine accountancy firms are joining forces to try to agree proposals that they hope will halt a full-scale review by the Competition and Markets Authority ... [More»]

ICAEW Scottish first

Classroom tuition for ICAEW students begins in Scotland for the first time this September with face-to-face tuition at Certified and Professional level being offered in Glasgow by Kaplan ... [More»]

FRC sanctions KPMG over Ted Baker audits

The FRC fines and reprimanded KPMG Audit plc and partner Michael Barradell ... [More»]

Another apprenticeship fall

Another slump in apprenticeship numbers has added to the rising demand for reform of the levy ... [More»]

What employers want…

Do you have common sense and will you fit in with the culture? These are two key attributes employers are looking for in a new recruit, says AAT poll ... [More»]

7-year hitch

Women in accountancy and finance take seven more years than their male counterparts to reach executive level as they battle with a ‘two-tournament gender system’ throughout their careers ... [More»]

Wrong degree?

Over a thirdof accounting graduates admit that they have regrets about their degree choice ... [More»]

Qualifications are still key

Just 6% of CFOs believe that industry experience is more important than qualifications when recruiting finance professionals ... [More»]

CIPFA results hold steady

CIPFA’s June results are now out, and it looks like the previous problems with the PSFR and CFR papers can finally be ‘forgotten’ ... [More»]

Anyone for an auditing career?

The auditing sector (in Holland) could lose over half of its trainees within two years, according to a new study from Nyenrode Business Universiteit ... [More»]

Where is the payroll?

AATs need a payroll qualification now ... [More»]

CIPFA has new education chief

Lindie Engelbrecht has been appointed CIPFA's managing director of education and membership ... [More»]

From Russia with Love…to ACCA AFM students!

Sunil Bhandari (a big football fan) explains why the time is right for ACCA optional sitters to choose the Advanced Financial Management (AFM) paper ... [More»]

Farewell F5 and welcome PM!

ACCA PQs will have to start getting their head around even more acronyms! ... [More»]

Smart working with smartphones

More than 10 Million UK workers could be using smartphones to boost productivity, says Deloitte ... [More»]

Top 10 issues on the FDs’ agenda

What are the issues keeping FDs awake at night? Here their top 10…  ... [More»]

KPMG graduate programmes – open for business

KPMG in the UK has opened applications for its 2019 graduate programmes for audit and tax, pensions and legal services practices  ... [More»]

Three former AssetCo plc executives ‘excluded’

The FRC has excluded three former members of AssetCo’s management from the accountancy profession ... [More»]

EY buys ‘disruptive’ law firm

EY acquires legal services business Riverview Law ... [More»]

Off to a flying start

A collaboration degree programme between Nottingham University Business School, PwC and the ICAEW has produced its first cohort of graduates ... [More»]

New look strategic report

The FRC publishes revised Guidance on the Strategic Report ... [More»]

End of phones on desks?

Big 4 firm PwC has ‘hung up’ on landlines at its UK office desks ... [More»]

More support needed around mental health

A worrying 71% of accounting professionals believe employers are just not doing enough to support good mental health at work ... [More»]

Time to act on smart drug?

The UK’s top universities have been accused of turning a blind eye to the growing use and danger of their students turning to ‘smart drugs’ to help boost exam performance ... [More»]

Football agent own goal

Former football agent, Jerome Anderson, has lost his £1.2m tax battle with HMRC ... [More»]

Here come the CIMA results…

What is the current state of the CIMA pass rates? Well, here they are - you judge... ... [More»]

CIMA Connect still down

CIMA has been working hard to ensure no student loses out because of the on-going problems with CIMA Connect ... [More»]

A code fit for the future

The FRC unveils the 2018 UK Corporate Governance Code ... [More»]

Do you need to take more papers?

Is it time for ACCA PQs to take a leaf out of ICAEW students’ book? ... [More»]

First impressions matter

Do employers need to do more to attract the top talent? ... [More»]

Don’t tax the robots

AAT says it wouldn’t be right to tax AI ... [More»]

ICAEW student events

Fancy getting away from the books? Here’s how ICAEW PQs party! ... [More»]

Accountants will have superpowers

AI and robots will give accountant superpowers, says CIMA’s Noel Tagoe. ... [More»]

2 better than 1

ICAEW June pass rates for the professional level ... [More»]

Whoops it’s happened again

Some ACCA June sitters appear to have been able to access their exam results before the official release date of Monday 17 July. ... [More»]

ACCA summer exam results here…

The June 2018 ACCA pass rates have now been released ... [More»]

Sign of the times

Aspiring accountant Kamran Hussain goes out on the street to find a job ... [More»]

Alexa to the rescue

‘Open HMRC’ – Alexa helps tax credits customers ... [More»]

Case study exam kits

CIMA case study sitters need to check out HTFT’s exam kits ... [More»]

Free exam and study skills webinar

FME Learn Online is offering free webinars for F5, F9, P4 and P5 ... [More»]

Scrap apprenticeship fees!

Is it time to scrap the 10% apprenticeship fees for SMEs? ... [More»]

EWI’s ACCA eBooks - £1

Emile Woolf International(EWI) has announced that its ACCA eBooks will be available for just £1 each ... [More»]

LSBF launches AAT level 4

LSBF online has launched new AAT level 4 professional diploma courses ... [More»]

Primary statements

IASB chair, Hans Hoogervorst, outlined how primary financial statements in occupying the boards mind at present ... [More»]

New FRC investigation

FRC has started an investigation into KPMG’s audit of Conviviality ... [More»]

Show your workings

Muddled and non-existent workings is hindering ACCA candidates in both the paper based and CBE exams, says the F7 examiner.  ... [More»]

Put down the calculator!

ACCA CBE sitters need to put their calculators away and use the spreadsheet software, says the F5 examiner. ... [More»]

I will drink to that

CIMA pre-seens for the August case study exams are now on the way… ... [More»]

Classifying financial instruments

Why is the IASB consulting on the accounting for financial instruments with characteristics of equity? ... [More»]

Has there been a data breach at HMRC?

Did HMRC take 5m taxpayers’ voice IDs without consent? ... [More»]

Audit quality is in decline

It's official audit quality is in decline, says a worried FRC ... [More»]

New AAT assessment pass rates

The AAT has published new one-off pass rates for the revised versions of three assessments ... [More»]

Instant poll results

So which were the hardest ACCA exams in June? ... [More»]

It's diversity – get over it!

The ICAEW has put diversity at the top of its agenda with the launch of a new online Diversity Community. ... [More»]

All male shortlists banned

PwC has banned all-male shortlists for jobs in the UK as it attempts to increase the number of women in its senior roles. ... [More»]

Concern over reason for PDSY pass rates

The AAT examiner is worried that only 30% of students who enter the Professional Diploma Synoptic Assessment (PDSY) have successfully achieved all three of the contributing units (FSLC, MABU and MDCL). ... [More»]

A call to action

Accountant Elaine Clark has launched a Women in Accountancy group and is asking fellow female professionals to provide their input into a survey about their experiences in accountancy. ... [More»]

Is diversity stalling?

Ethnic diversity at the top 10 accountancy firms has stalled, showing little growth over the past two years, according to a new study by Accountancy magazine. ... [More»]

Hot weather doesn’t help

Students may need to avoid hotter weather if they want to better exam results. ... [More»]

Carillion auditor KPMG censured by FRC

KPMG has been singled out by the Financial Reporting Council in a report critical of the quality of auditing in the UK. ... [More»]

AAT to publish new pass rate statistics

The AAT has said that it plans to publish one-off pass rates on 22 June to show that the AQ2016 assessments are now working well. ... [More»]

Delays, time pressure – it’s the ACCA exams

Delayed exams and computers crashing seems to be a common theme of students sitting the ACCA CBE June exams in the UK. ... [More»]

£850k windfall is bad news for accountancy student

Second-year accountancy student Sibongile Mani may soon be looking for a new profession. ... [More»]

Career paths are not clear

Too many young finance professionals in the pubic sector are being left in the dark about their potential career paths, says a new report from the ACCA. ... [More»]

The robots have arrived

HMRC says it has now processed over 10m transactions using robots since 2015. ... [More»]

Brotherly love

You need your taxes done and your brother is an accountant. ... [More»]

ACCA JUNE 2018 EXAM FEEDBACK – DAY FIVE

How did F9 and P4 go? One good, one bad? ... [More»]

KPMG ‘sanctioned’

The FRC fines and reprimands KPMG  ... [More»]

Where to be on Monday - Future-proofing your career?

Come and join us at our FREE one-day conference in London… ... [More»]

ACCA JUNE 2018 EXAM FEEDBACK - DAY FOUR

Here's our F6, P3 & P6 feedback ... [More»]

ACCA JUNE 2018 EXAM FEEDBACK - DAY THREE

Your F5 and P1 feedback is here ... [More»]

ACCA JUNE 2018 EXAM FEEDBACK - DAY TWO

How did students cope with the last-ever P2 exam and F7, of course ... [More»]

Future-proof your career next Monday!

There's still time to sign up to our free one-day London conference on Monday 11 June. Just look at the final line-up - it's unique! ... [More»]

ACCA JUNE 2018 EXAM FEEDBACK - DAY ONE

How did P7 and F8 sitters cope? ... [More»]

FREE accountancy career conference line-up complete

You can future-proof your career at our one-day London conference on Monday 11 June ... [More»]

ACCA June 2018 exam tips - P1 to P7

The June exams are nearly here, so here’s some top tips form some top tutors… ... [More»]

Even more great exam tips for June 2018...

A big thanks goes out to FME Learn online for these June tips... ... [More»]
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