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Employers need to do more

Employers need to do more to support their PQs.

Do you behave ethically?

How often do you ‘observe’ unethical behaviour at work?

Our survey said...

Are you offering your PQs the right types of study support? Hays’ Karen Young analyses the results of a joint PQ/Hays survey

The Apprenticeship Levy: helping fulfil the needs of employers

The Apprenticeship Levy is almost upon us. Mark Farrar explains its implications and outlines the advantages apprenticeships can bring

Improve your prospects

We spoke to Cheryl Ramsden from top recruiter Howett Thorpe about the general state of the job market

Pay ratios needed

More than 90% of AAT members believe executive pay would be better controlled by the introduction of pay ratios, according to the AAT Corporate Governance Survey 2017.

Audit isn’t sexy enough anymore

The audit profession is at a tipping point.

Technology is king

Wow Company’s Paul Bulpitt says it’s time for accountancy firms to get with the program and get IT savvy

Apprenticeships: change is imminent

James Taylor explains changes to apprenticeship funding due to come into force in April

Ensuring your longevity

Pauline Schu explains how to ensure longevity in a finance and accountancy career

‘Generation Next’ is ready to move

Young finance professional are almost permanently looking for a career promotion or a jump to a new job, says a new global survey from the ACCA.

Cyber security offers new career options

Simon Wright explains why this growing area offers opportunities for the right candidates

Future perfect

Karen Young explains on how PQs can ensure their skills stay relevant in a fast-changing profession

Now is a great time to be a PQ

We may live in increasing uncertain times, but one certainty for 2017 is that talented part qualifieds will still be in big demand, says Hays Accountancy & Finance’s Karen Young.

New gateway to the CGMA

CIMA and CIPFA have agreed a new ‘CPFA to CGMA Top Up through the CIMA Gateway’.

Recruitment firm target for hackers

Recruitment firm Michael Page has been hacked, resulting in the theft of the personal information of 710,000 applicants.

Seeking perfection: be the perfect finance professional

Faye Chua explains how you can become the perfect professional accountant

Salary survey: what are you worth?

Karen Young provides her insight into the newly released Hays UK Salary & Recruiting Trends 2017 guide.

Time for gender equality

Gillian Fawcett explains why CIPFA is setting up a Women in Public Finance Network to explore gender equality in public services

Are the NHS' foundations flawed?

Can the NHS’s transformations plans work? Some FDs have serious doubts

How to make sure you’ll fit right in

Karen Young explains how PQs can assess whether an employer is the right fit for them

Trainee unfairly sacked

A Circuit Civil Court in Ireland has ruled that trainee accountant Peter Nowak was unfairly dismissed by PwC.

Tax goes global

Ever looked at the Advanced Diploma in International Taxation (ADIT)?

Woman on a mission

Meet Rebecca Gilmour, a woman who took a different route to land the ACCA qualification

Make that job yours

Karen Young offers you some advice on super-charging your search for that dream role

Embrace the new world

Garry Carter argues the digital revolution is fundamentally changing accountancy – and you must take note!

Rising to the challenge

Accountants working in the public sector face a unique set of challenges. So how are they dealing with them?

Rise of the machines

Do CIMA PQs feel under threat from new technology? A CIMA survey found out, writes Tony Manwaring

Don’t get too close

EY has agreed to pay a whopping $9.3m to the US Securities and Exchange Commission to settle charges that two of its audit partners “got too close to their clients on a personal level and violated rules that ensure firms maintain their objectivity and impartiality during audits”.

Which accountancy firm is best?

So who is the best accountancy firm to work for?

Mazars recruits 170 new trainees

Mazars has announced it has taken on just over 170 trainees this year.

Ace that appraisal

Karen Young gives her expert advice for surpassing expectations in that all-important appraisal

ATT exams: meet a top performer

Lewis Richardson achieved the best performance by an apprentice in the November 2015 ATT exams. So we asked him how he did it

Automation a credible risk to business services jobs

The business services sector is at high risk of automation in the next 20 years, says a new report from Deloitte.

Meet the new boss

PQ editor Graham Hambly went for a chat with CIMA’s new CEO, Andrew Harding

FDs want to end tax havens

Most finance directors believe the time is now right for governments and international agencies to work together to abolish offshore tax havens.

What does your chief executive get paid?

ICAEW’s CEO Michael Izza got a nice rise in his pay packet again this year, according to our review of the annual reports.

Life after exams

Karen Young gives guidance on what to consider after your exams and before your results

It’s not about the money…

Salary is important, but it’s not the be all and end all of your working life, say Karen Young

Audit of revenue 'is a weakness’

Do the big firms need to do more training in the audit of revenue?

Sing for your supper

Sally O’Neill explains how the ACA qualification can get you where you want to go!

Whole of Government Accounts explained

Gillian Fawcett outlines why the Whole of Government Accounts are so important

‘Mismatch’ for young auditors

The whole audit process is being compromised by the social ‘mismatch’ between young, inexperienced auditors and older, more experienced client management, says award-winning research from US academics Bradley Bennett and Richard Hatfield.

Where's the diversity?

The year may be 2016, but the big accountancy firms’ diversity policies have some way to go.

Perceived bias of NHS finance

More needs to be done to improve gender diversity in NHS finance departments, says a report from Future-Focused Finance (FFF).

On the buses: how to succeed when you fail maths GCSE

Billionaire transport tycoon Brian Souter is living proof you can be successful and an accountant without a maths O-level! The son of a bus driver had wanted to be an accountant but couldn’t go to university at first because he didn’t have that maths O-level.

ICAEW bans digital watches from exams

The ICAEW has confirmed that digital watches will not be permitted in any ICAEW exam from June 2016.

SMEs stealing a march

London South Bank University School of Business has won prestigious Small Business Charter Award. So why is this sector of the economy important for PQs?

How to deal with that counter offer

It’s a nice position to be in, but how do you deal with it, asks Karen Young

PwC trainee accountant with gambling addiction ‘died of shame’

Trainee accountant Joshua Jones, who jumped to his death last summer from the ninth floor of PwC’s London offices ‘died of shame’ after being overwhelmed by his gambling addiction, his father told the recent inquest.

Your pay: don’t ask, don’t get!

Male accountants are more likely to push for a pay rise than their female colleagues, and are more likely to get one, says new research from the AAT.

Top women employers

The Big 4 accountancy firms all made it into The Times’ Top 50 Employers for Women 2016 list.

EY wants you to answer this: what will you be famous for?

EY has managed to get itself on a new list, of the 10 toughest interview questions of 2016, with: “What will you be famous for?”

The Professional Accountancy/Tax Technician apprenticeship is here

A new employer-led higher apprenticeship is now available.

Meet our PQ of the Year

Say hello and a very well done to Manuy Figueroa – musician, AAT and our PQ of the Year 2016

Six steps to heaven

Speak up for yourself and you can take control of your career, says Karen Young, who offers six suggestions to help you do just that

‘Old boys’ club’ is alive and kicking

The ever-present ‘old boys’ club’ and male domination at senior levels are both seen as major factors for male accountants being offered better progression opportunities in 2016 than their female colleagues.

‘I didn’t want to be a burden to anyone’

When Melissa couldn’t cope after her boyfriend dumped her just before crucial exams she turned to CABA for help. Here’s her story

Mastering workplace communication

Karen Young explains how improving your communication skills will help you get ahead in your career

Don’t steal from a partner!

ICAEW provisional member Saurabh Choudhary has been issued a severe reprimand and fined £1,200 after he was sacked by his firm for stealing Japanese prints and a Chinese vase from a partner’s office.

Record intake boosts ICAEW

The ICAEW just can’t stop growing! New figures show that the number of students signing up to an ACA training agreement rose by over 10% in 2015.

Should I stay or should I go?

Karen Young discusses how can decide whether to stay or to move on to a new job

PQs average £33k as CIMA salaries on rise

The average UK CIMA PQ earns £33,031 a year while their qualified colleagues have a yearly pay packet of £62,791, nearly 100% more!

It pays to be posh

It still pays to be posh if you want to earn more as an accountant, according to new ground-breaking research.

'Accountants have no moral compass'

Unethical practices are worryingly rife in the accountancy profession, despite corporate scandals such as WorldCom and Enron and concerted efforts to tighten professional standards.

Time to get stuck in, says new CIMA President

PQ chats with CIMA’s new President Myriam Madden about her career and her plans for the institute’s future

Volunteering overseas: broaden your horizons

Thinking about a career in international development but can’t gain the relevant experience? Accounting for International Development (AfID) has assignments available for part qualified accountants just like you

Kaplan survey: change is good!

Career changers are delighted to become accountants, says a new survey

Temping can work for you

Karen Young offers advice on how to make the most of your temporary assignments

Demand for PQs just keeps growing

Some 50% of PQs think they will be moving jobs in the next 12 months.

World a better place – thanks to accountants

It’s official: accountants make the world a better place.

Institutes launch exciting route to two qualifications

The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) and ICAEW have launched a much-anticipated ACA/CTA joint programme in the owner-managed or private business (OMB) specialism.

What are you worth?

Karen Young provides her insight into the newly released Hays UK Salary & Recruiting Trends 2016 guide

Plotting your climb to the top of the tree

The ICAEW has published a new guide packed with advice on how you can one day become a partner. Here we pick out some of the highlights

Planning will pay off

Karen Young offers some advice on that most important of skills – negotiating a pay rise!

Special relationship moves to next level

After more than three years of ‘courting’, CIMA and the AICPA have announced they are ready to take their relationship to the next stage!

‘The more I study and progress, the more I enjoy it’

Ajmal Shahzad was the first British-born Asian cricketer to play cricket for Yorkshire. Since then he has played Test, one day and T20 cricket for England. But he has another preoccupation – studying for his AAT exams

How AAT membership can help you

Membership of AAT is open to part qualifieds signed up with other accountancy bodies. Here AAT explains how this can benefit your career

The robots are coming!

Will you – or your job – be replaced by an automaton?

Deloitte goes ‘contextual’

Deloitte has changed its selection process.

It's village life for Deloitte recruits

As part of a new initiative with Get Living London, more than 40 of Deloitte’s 2015 graduate intake have moved into East Village (the former Athletes’ Village at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park).

How to deal with stress

Nicki Cresswell offers some tips on how you can keep calm and carry on

Working for the taxman: a PQ profile

Matt Jones, External Financial Management Lead at HMRC, tells PQ what it’s like to work for the high-profile agency and outlines his career path to date

What skills do you need?

Karen Young discusses the importance of developing the skills that employers are looking for

Your career problems solved: what can I put on my CV?

Be as open and honest on your CV as you can, says Walker Dendle’s Jordan Dodds

So how long will it take you to pass?

Professional accountancy exams are tough. But did you have any expectations about just how long it might take you to qualify?

Wellbeing a vital student issue

Accountancy students need to look seriously at creating an environment that breeds wellbeing and resilience if they want to succeed, says leading tutor Mike Pennington. That way they will be able to cope with what life throws at them, he said. First Intuition’s Pennington recalled invigilating a CIMA exam just last year when a student fainted half way through. The student had to abandon the exam. And, the reason for this fail? “I forgot to eat”.

Meet our PQ of the Year

PQ magazine caught up with Stephanie Moonan, our current PQ of the Year. Could it be your turn in 2016?

Settling into a new role

Starting a new job? Nervous? Karen Young offers advice on how to calm your new job nerves

The workplace: the hardest question of all

So what was the toughest question you’ve ever been asked at interview?

No ordinary Joe

ICAEW/CIOT name first prize winner for its new joint programme exam

Exam grades don’t add up

In a bold move, EY has removed academic qualifications from its entry criteria for the 2016 graduate, undergraduate and school leaver intake.

Qualification base widened

MSc or MBA? CIPFA members have plenty of choices for online professional development

Take your pick: your career options

What are your options once you’ve finally got qualified? Karen Young explains all

The workplace: the perfect CV

PQ editor Graham Hambly gives some pointers on writing a winning CV

Book review: crack that interview

Why You? 101 Interview Questions You’ll Never Fear Again by James Reed (Penguin £9.99)

Do you pass ‘posh’ test for elite job?

Top accountancy firms are systematically excluding bright working-class applicants from their workforce, says the latest report from the Social Mobility & Child Poverty Commission.

The workplace: finding your dream job

Shahid Nawaz offers some tips for PQs wanting a new role

Emotional intelligence is key

Nike Lawal offers you some self-improvement advice

The workplace: exploiting social media

Social media can help your job search, says Karen Young

Help at hand for generation rent

PQ magazine went to meet ACCA-qualified Payal Bhavnani, who has launched a website for property renters – @asktenants.co.uk

A complete approach to audit

CIPFA and ICAS launch ground-breaking integrated qualification for auditors

Find your special 1%

HSBC’s Naomi Bowman, guest speaker at the ICAEW’s prizegiving event, explains the importance of finding your ‘uniqueness’. You need to find out what you are passionate about and stop competing

The workplace: telephone/video interviews

Karen Young explains how you can succeed at a telephone or video interview

Gender pay gap is getting wider

The gender pay gap for ICAEW accountants in business has widened, according to a new survey from the ICAEW and Stott & May.

Diversity makes business sense

ACCA is calling for an increase in gender diversity to boost business performance. In its latest report, ‘Increasing gender diversity to boost performance’, it says that many barriers still exist to achieving more equal representation of women and other social groups in senior management positions.

The workplace: making an impact

Karen Young explains how you can make a positive impact in your first two months in a new job

The workplace: building your nework

Karen Young offers advice on how to build your personal brand online and in person

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