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Record recruitment of new graduates

Graduate recruitment at Britain’s top employers is set to reach its highest level in more than a decade this year, and accounting and finance is leading the way. Research by High Fliers Research confirms that top employers increased their graduate recruitment by 7.9% in 2014, and are set to expand their vacancies for university-leavers by a further 8.1% in 2015.

A career as a zombie!

Working in finance can open up a whole new world.

ACCA picks Pearson Vue

The ACCA has unveiled that it is now targeting late 2016 for the introduction of CBEs for its skills level exams (F5-F9).

Health living: life in the NHS

We ask an accountancy trainee in the NHS Programme who’s studying CIPFA about their working life

Identifying your key strengths

Karen Young offers advice on how you can tell what you are good at

The workplace: look them straight in the eye

Richard King, former managing partner of EY, revealed recently that he used Martin Johnson’s ‘eye test’ to decide if his fellow partners were up for it and fully on board with his approach and ideas. Like former England rugby captain Johnson, King would look into the eyes of each partner and ask them a series of short questions to determine their level of commitment to what he was proposing.

Beware social media!

Accountants should keep professional ethics in mind at all times when using social media, says the ICAEW’s David Stevens

The workplace: planning your next move

Karen Young, Director at Hays Accountancy & Finance offers advice on career planning for PQs

Double-digit salary rises here, says Hays

There was more good news on the job front for PQs this month, courtesy of the latest Hays salary and trends survey.

Grant Thornton lands mobility award

Social mobility award goes to Grant Thornton, thanks to its participation in CIPFA’s apprenticeship scheme

Land your CV at the top of the pile

Lucy Clamp explain how you can make your CV stand out from the rest

'I’m worried that I’m stuck in a rut'

A PQ writes: I hope you can provide some much needed advice please. I am a part qualified CIMA accountant. I have completed the first level of the qualification. My work experience is quite limited at present – I have worked in AP departments on the purchase ledger and expenses for a few years (on and off due to health problems). I feel that my current experience is not taking me anywhere in terms of career progression as I am working in purchase ledger as a temp. What do the experts recommend as the ideal

The workplace: want to be an entrepreneur?

New Deloitte initiative set to open doors for would-be entrepreneurs

KPMG makes bold diversity promise

KPMG has ‘outed’ itself with the announcement of detailed diversity targets and the promise of greater transparency.

The workplace: take control of your career

Hays’ Tony Stevens gives advice on how to develop your career plan and highlights the importance of taking control of your career

The workplace: getting to partner level

Karen Young discusses the findings of the Hays ‘DNA of a Partner’ report

More doors open to AAT membership

The AAT explains why it is putting out the welcome mat to students of other bodies

The road ahead

Hays’ Karen Young explains the options facing newly qualified accountants

The workplace: get yourself connected

Never underestimate the importance of networking – it could be the making of you, says a new report

The workplace: how get to the top

Clare Needham offers five tips for getting to the top – while retaining your human qualities

Age is no barrier

We spoke to Jasmine Brook, just 22 but already qualified. She works for Wellers Accountants as a supervisor

In praise of internal auditing

Paul Clutton discusses the benefits of a rewarding career in internal audit

Record number of women promoted by Big 4 firms

PwC now has more women equity partners than any other accountancy firm, after announcing a record number of new partner promotions.

Hit the ground running

Karen Young discusses the skills newly qualified accountants need in order to develop their careers

The workplace: what do employers want?

LSBF and GAAPweb discover what accounting employers want from PQs

Daydream believer: top accountant, top author

Anna Belfrage combines her job as CFO of Bejer Electronics with a successful writing career. She tells PQ how she does it

What makes a PQ of the year?

PQ magazine editor Graham Hambly visited our current champion at work to find out what makes him so special

Harnessing the power of social media

Karen Young suggests five ways you can make social media work for you when you are looking for a new job

Gender pay gap just gets wider

What is the difference between a male and female chartered accountant? According to the latest ICAEW salary survey, around £50,000 in pay!

Profile: Vini Aujila

PQ spoke to Vini Aujla, co-founder of Vini & Bal’s Indian curry sauces business, about her time as a PQ and her career to date

Remuneration: Benefits matter

Don’t overlook the value of company benefits and development opportunities, says Karen Young

The workplace: tackling depression

More than 90% of people believe that admitting to a mental health condition could damage their career prospects.

Working experience changes for AATs

AAT moves from measuring hours to skills gained

Get a flying start

PwC and Nottingham Business School launch a new quick route to qualification

A call for help

More and more accountants asking for help over mental health issues

Time to work agile!

Deloitte has launched a new approach to agile working, find out how it works

Time to network

Are you fully connected with the business world? What should you be doing?

Graduates are in demand

Big 4 firm PwC has announced it is taking on a record number of graduates this year.

Does work stress you?

Stressed and overweight is how many ICAEW members feel going into 2014, according to the CABA’s second annual Wellbeing Survey.

Getting qualified: how much again?

We revisit the thorny question of the cost of getting qualified. PQ editor Graham Hambly reports

Gearing up for growth

Employers are competing fiercely to secure the services of a small pool of PQs who are looking to move jobs, says Mark Sheldon

The workplace: have a life, get a job!

We know that employers are increasingly using Facebook to screen job applicants and weed out candidates they deem to have ‘undesirable’ traits. However, a new study from North Carolina State University shows that many firms have a fundamental misunderstanding of online behaviour and, as a result, may be eliminating desirable job candidates.

How much?

What will it cost you to get your accountancy qualification?

The workplace: the ‘red sneaker’ effect

Accountants are known, rightly or wrongly, for their conformity when it comes to business dress.

How to cope with life after exams

Karen Young, Director at Hays Accountancy & Finance offers advice on career planning

Workplace: best job in the world

If you want the best job in the world you can relax – you are doing it!

Have you got the right DNA?

Karen Young discusses the findings of the Hays ‘DNA of an FD’ report

Normal service to resume in 2014

Next year should see a “marked return to normality” in the jobs market, according to Lisa Dendle, MD of top recruitment consultants Walker Dendle.

ICAEW concerns over its appeal to women

ICAEW President Martyn Jones has admitted he is worried that the ICAEW qualification is not as attractive to women as it is to men.

Gender pay gap widens

The pay gap between male and female accountants will increase by an average of £1,000 a year for the first 10 years of your career, says new research.

Jobs market round table

PQ put three of the UK’s leading recruitment consultants into one room and asked them about the PQ market place. Here’s what they had to say

A talent mismatch

Hays’ Karen Young highlights some of the findings from the Hays Global Skills Index 2013

Star makers

Tony Stevens explains how you can sell yourself at the interview stage

Temping to the top

Recruitment expert Karen Young outlines the pros and cons of temping

Time to move up

For many, getting a pass will open up new avenues of opportunity. Karen Young, above, has some advice on how to plan your career

The Nationwide: it’s good to share

Shared services are the order of the day at Nationwide Building Society, as the mutual seeks to re-model itself

Top tips for the top table

The BBC’s CFO, Zarin Patel, was one of the star speakers at the ICAEW’s recent prizegiving ceremony. Here’s her five tips to help you get to the top

The workplace: Are you working harder?

Accountants are now working longer hours than they were two years ago, according to the latest Robert Walters Career Lifestyle Survey. The survey found that one in four (26%) accountants now work more than 50 hours a week, compared with 20% in 2011.

Time to be an innovator

Any budding CFO needs to add a new skill set to their ever-expanding repertoire – that of ‘innovation catalyst’.

Apprenticeships to change the world

CIMA unveils higher apprenticeship in management accounting

The workplace: coming out

Can you be openly gay accountant?

Coping with addiction

CABA’s Wendy Saunders explains how and where you can get help and support if you – or someone close to you – is troubled by addiction

Think finance 'super-hub'

The future of finance is ‘super hub’ cities that pull in the world’s best young finance and accounting talent, says a new ACCA report.

Pressure on finance function

The finance function is under pressure to change.

The fame game

Are today's recruits more interested in the X factor than skill factors?

Fast-track to qualification

KMPG has created a fast track to the ACA qualification - you can be nearly qualified in just one year

Pay gap narrowing

Women still earn less than their male ICAEW equivalent - but not by much now!

Online competence checklist for ACCA PQs

The ACCA has published an interactive checklist of competencies

Do you know where your CV is?

Lisa Dendle warns of the potential dangers of posting your CV online

Body language speaks volumes

According to the research we carried out for 2013 Page Personnel Finance Salary Survey, 31% of hiring managers think that ‘the right attitude to work’ is the biggest factor that job seekers today tend to lack at interview. So what is the ‘right’ attitude and how do you go about demonstrating that you have it?

The future of finance

PQ magazine takes a look at the Hays accountancy and finance market overview and salary guide 2013

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