It’s April and that means it’s the first day of the new financial year! We spoke to Dawn Register, a partner at BDO, to get some of her top tips for making sure businesses and individuals have their tax affairs in order before the financial year gets into full swing!
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The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, commonly known as ACCA, have announced a new approach to their ethical module which features in the top level of the ACCA qualification.
With the Apprenticeship Levy coming into force next week on the 6th April, the Association of Accounting Technicians have suggested that it needs refocusing before it can be truly effective.
New research from the Association of Accounting Technicians has revealed that almost half of UK businesses have taken on apprentices over the course of the last five years, showing that the trend is rising across all professions.
There's more to do in the banking world than you might think, and here at AllAboutFinanceCareers we want to show you all the different aspects of finance you could experience. In that vein, we sat down for a quickfire bonus quiz with a Corporate Risk Analyst from the London Institute of Banking and Finance, to see try and sum up their working life in just 12 questions!
A new report has found that perceptions of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths-based subjects are rapidly improving, in news that will delight the UK government, who have long identified a skills gap in the sector.
One of the best things about doing a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) degree is the variety of careers open to you after you leave university.
Working as a freelancer can be a liberating experience, whatever role and industry you may be involved in. It has all the perks of being able to work around your own schedule, in the comfort of your own home and take on only work you wish to do. The main downside is that you do not have the financial security of a full-time position and salary. For this reason, there are various rules you must follow to secure your finances.
The number of financial job postings in England has dropped by 10.1% in July and August, compared to May and June. This is the only year in the past four where such a trend has occurred, highlighting the impact that the Brexit result has instantly had upon the UK economy.
When you first begin running your own business, you’re bound to make a great number of mistakes. Although you can’t eliminate mistakes from the way that you run your business, you can attempt to limit them.
There's a lot of information about on which postgraduate business course you should take or the differences between them. We sat down with Simon Healeas, Deputy MBA Director at Westminster Business School, to discuss what the MBA offers and why it's specifically useful for budding finance professionals.
Many people dream of self-employment, and the freedoms and flexibility it offers. We spoke to Ben Barlow about the pros and cons of making such a career move in a finance role, and found out what his top tips were for anyone thinking of making the move.
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, or ACCA, has announced seven attributes to what they're naming as 2016's 'perfect professional' and suggesting that this is the model which will be seen more of in the future.
The nuances of understanding the financial markets are an absolute must for any aspiring entrepreneur, so we sat down with Ben Barlow to discuss just what it is you need to look at in order to make the most of any entrepreneurial opportunity.
Latest research from the Association of Accounting Technicians has found that over a million UK employees spend more time on tea breaks than any form of work-based training.
This week, it was revealed that over half of Chief Executives in the UK's top firms come from a finance background. We got the insight of John Weston, head of ACCA UK, to see what was behind this trend.
So you're interested in accounting, but who should you work for? We sat down with Grace, an ACA trainee at Moore Stephens, who works within Corporate Audit in their Reading office, to get the lowdown on what life is like at Moore Stephens.
The New Entrepreneurs Foundation (NEF), the pre-eminent organisation dedicated to bringing through the next generation of entrepreneurs, is taking on 40 candidates, graduates or non-graduates, to join their 12 month development programme.
Dennis Wilson has recently been named the Construction Manager of the Year for 2015, for his work managing the redevelopment of the National Theatre whilst it was still fully operational as a working auditorium. In recognition of this, and in the light of his role model status amongst talented young members of the construction community, we've named him the first in our new series of AllAboutSchoolLeavers Ambassadors.
Even in the aftermath of huge scandals in the world of Accounting, such as those at Enron and WorldCom, research has suggested that unethical practice is still very much alive and kicking within the accountancy profession.
A recent report from the Office of National Statistics has revealed a high number of young people not in education, employment of training, but has also shown how 2015 saw a record number of businesses being created.
Everyone wants to earn as much as possible in whichever industry they’re part of, but research has revealed that there is a tipping point at which increasing your salary becomes less important in favour of a better work-life balance.
We’re now six years past the recession that hit our economy in 2009, but latest figures have revealed that 16 to 24 year olds are still disproportionately affected by its fallout. They are over twice as likely than the rest of the European population to be unemployed.
Share Radio, the station dedicated to sharing ideas about money and finance, have launched a radio show (and accompanying podcast) about how to manage your personal finance, in association with the Open University.
EY’s graduate, undergraduate and school leaver programmes, which opened this month, will no longer require a specific set of academic requirements.
The Institute of Directors has welcomed record numbers of students securing their places at University this year, and paid special mention to the continued increase in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects being studied there.
As it becomes more and more competitive to get into grad schemes and even internships, it’s become more and more important to get your foot in the door of the industry you want to work in early on, and this applies to nowhere more than it does to the Finance industry. What this has led to is a series of programmes designed for first year undergraduates, known as either insight days or spring weeks.
It’s the best time ever to start your own business in the UK, according to Lord Young. The Conservative peer was speaking at the launch of the third Small Business Saturday campaign, which celebrates small firms in the country.
A Masters in Business Administrations (MBA) is a stalwart of the financial world. Notoriously expensive, widely recognised and reassuringly common, an MBA is an in-depth course that gives its students a real insight into how a business works in practice and the leadership skills to enter the management realm.
Tendr is the latest app on the market to utilise the swipe mechanism of dating-app Tinder and twist it into a different marketing strategy. The app, launched about a month ago, has become a huge talking point about the opportunities it offers for the crowdfunding market.
Finance firms have been hiring in droves to make up for lost time during the General Election.
Throughout the UK School system, teenage girls are getting significantly less financial education than their male counterparts, according to a study released today.
A LinkedIn Survey has determined the top Universities when it comes to entering the world of investment banking, and, unsurprisingly, The London School of Economics (LSE) has topped the rankings.
A number of banks and financial and professional services firms have been ranked as the top employers for school and college leavers in the UK.
The revolving doors linking the City with Westminster are nothing new. But just who’s who in David Cameron’s new cabinet?
One of the world’s largest professional services firms, PwC, will no longer consider A-Level results in their graduate recruitment.
A whopping 16 financial and professional services firms have been named in The Times’ Top 50 list of best employers for women.
The entirety of Canary Wharf was sold yesterday to Brookfield, a US property developer, and the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA).
Uh-oh. Not the best news for the financial industry, which is stereotypically viewed as an industry that is dominated by white, middle-class blokes.
One of the Big Four auditors, KPMG, have announced a brand new apprenticeship programme
A couple of weeks ago we mentioned how a career in finance provides a higher salary than any other industry, including law.
A range of roles in the finance industry have been ranked as the best jobs in the UK… aww yeaaaaaah!
There’s a ton of graduate jobs out there that will put you on the route to making a pretty penny fairly early on in your career.
Aspiring investment banker? Wannabe accountant? How do your chosen career paths rank alongside the most desirable in the country?
Wondering what it’s like to work the financial markets? Kyrillous, an analyst on the global markets at investment bank Nomura, told us more.
“They paid more than 99p… rofl lol!!”
Oh boy, yes you did read that correctly… the number of jobs in the City are on the rise.
It’s every student’s worst nightmare: opening a final year exam paper to find a bunch of questions you cannot for the life of you answer. Economics students at Sheffield University have experienced just that – and have made official complaints.
Following his Economics degree from the university of Westminster, 25-year-old Amin Choudhury is now working as a Finance Management Trainee Accountant as part of the finance department at Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He studies for the CIPFA qualification too, which will mean he will qualify as a Chartered Public Finance Accountant. He let us in on what the programme is like…
As professional networking site LinkedIn anticipates update action aplenty this January for thousands of LinkedIn users looking for a new job, they’ve given the heads up on the top ten buzzwords in use on the site that could mean you run the risk of being lost in the crowd.
London Stock Exchange (LSE) have worked in collaboration with charity City Gateway to offer a brand new financial services industry apprenticeship.
Oxfam research shows that the share of wealth owned by the world’s richest 1% is set to outweigh that of the rest of the world’s population.
New research from salary research company Emolument.com shows which universities produce the top-earning graduates on average. Take a look at who’s on the list!
It’s January. And that means banks will be paying employees their annual bonuses. However, this year there’s a bit of a difference…
The High Fliers Report for 2015 shows that accountancy and professional services firms will be the biggest graduate hirers this year.
The Big Four firm announced it took on 62 new graduates and school leavers since January 2014 at their offices in North West England.
Nick Hewer is to leave the BBC’s The Apprentice after ten years on the show. Noooooo!!
A financial services director has been banned for life from working in the financial services industry after regularly dodging the cost of his train ticket on his daily commute to the City.
How much do you spend at Christmas time? According to PwC research released this week, Britain’s Christmas shoppers are amongst the biggest spenders in the world…Santa has expensive taste, clearly!
EY has announced the creation of a new team of forensic accountants who will focus on aiding City firms to pursue private prosecutions for fraud and economic crime.
The Fresh Business Thinking Power 100 list, ranking individuals who have the most impact on the lives of entrepreneurs in the UK, has been revealed – with the Prime Minister taking the top spot. Who else made the list?
Some top names in school leaver and graduate recruitment in finance have been named as Champions of Social Mobility by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. So who made the list?
The Financial Stability Board (FSB) unveils new global rules to prevent ‘too big to fail’ banks from being bailed out by taxpayers if they run into financial difficulties.
One of the most defining elements of the City of London skyline, The Gherkin (unfortunately not one of the tasty morsels shown above), has been sold to Brazil’s second richest man, Joseph Safra.
Questions have been raised over the global education provided within Executive MBA (EMBA) courses.
This November sees up to 40 school and college leavers start banking apprenticeships with TSB in seven locations across the UK as part of their new scheme.
Salaries for professional roles across finance and accounting, financial services, information technology and administration have risen by an average of 2.6% according to the 2015 Robert Half Salary Guide.
The CityUK’s October Employment Survey has shown that employment in London’s financial and related professional services industry reached a record high in June 2014 – nearly 2% above the pre-economic crisis peak in 2007.
How’s this for an asset? A pink diamond has sold for a whopping $17.8m (£11.1m) at auction in Hong Kong, setting a new world auction record for a fancy vivid pink diamond.
Following a successful pilot, professional services firms KPMG have expanded their Business Support Academy to offices across the UK, including Manchester, Glasgow, Leeds, Birmingham and Bristol.
Word is out of the actuarial grapevine that work is underway to develop a brand new framework for an apprenticeship route into the profession.
Recently released research shows that the UK fund management sector was responsible for a whopping £6.2 trillion at the end of 2013.
UCAS figures show that at the end of August 2014, 55,050 university applicants had accepted a course in a Business and Administration studies subject, making this the most popular subject group for 2014 entry at UK universities.
140 young people have marked completion of their apprenticeships with international Bank Barclays with a graduation ceremony at the House of Commons.
Former Head of the House of Lords Jonathan Hill has been appointed as Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union in the new EU Commission.
Global professional body for accountancy ACCA has commented that graduates can give the UK’s small businesses a boost by joining small and medium sized accountancy firms.
This year’s A-level results recipients interested in an accountancy career can consider an apprenticeship or school leaver programme route as well as the traditional university route. Accountancy firm BDO have just announced 100 new traineeships suited to school leavers who like the idea of learning on the job whilst they earn...
ACCA has announced it will offer a brand new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in ‘Discovering Business in Society’. The course is free, and could form one of the first steps towards qualifying as an ACCA qualified accountant…
PwC have hit record numbers with the amount of student applications they’ve received for their graduate roles this year. So how does your competition for a place with the firm look?
Don’t overlook small and medium-sized firms in your job hunt! Statistics suggest smaller firms are keeping hiring in the City steady, as creation of roles at investment banks stay at the same rate.
A new report from think tank Res Publica has called for an alternative approach to help rebuild public trust in the finance industry…
Thinking of taking a Masters course in Cyber Security? Take note! Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office, has announced the certification of six Masters degrees in Cyber Security offered by UK institutions by the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).
There have been reports in the national press that shortages of fresh water could lead to it being a commodity that’s traded on the financial markets in the future.
A survey indicates that competition is cranking up for roles in the finance industry due to a significant gap in those looking for jobs and the number of vacancies on offer.
The UK has the world’s biggest trade surplus in financial services, according to new figures from TheCityUK.
Bloomberg News have revealed that the world’s largest brokerage firm, New York based bank Morgan Stanley, received a whopping 90,000 applications for summer analyst and associate positions this year.
Professional services firm Deloitte have announced that they will recruit for 200 graduates and school leavers at their new digital office in London as part of what they’ve called their “biggest recruitment drive to date”.
The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) have announced that the Institute now has over 1,000 international students.
KPMG’s Evolving Investment Management Regulation report has highlighted some positive signs for the asset management industry.
The AAT has unveiled a new qualification for individuals interested in taking on the bookkeeping profession.
Mid-June marks the beginning of the summer internship season in the City of London.
More progress for diversity in the finance world; this time in the accountancy industry. A new initiative has recently been set up to promote and improve access to the accountancy profession for young people from all backgrounds. Some of the biggest names in the business have signed up in support of Access Accountancy.
The whispers are getting louder: planning is reportedly underway for a boost in graduate recruitment this year. And it’s great news if you’re an aspiring towards a career in the finance sector as, according to IDS data, businesses in these industries are leading the way!
PwC US have revealed that London has racked up the highest score in its survey of 30 cities representing global centres of business, finance and culture. It’s the first time that London has topped the survey results!
The Chartered Institute for Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has awarded the top performers in each of the papers for CIPFA Professional Qualification in 2013.
As it turns out, 2014 is all about a bit of Zen in the City. City bankers have started to take up meditation and mindfulness techniques to tackle the stress of the long hours and pressure in their top City roles.
There appears to be more developments bubbling away relating to diversity in the finance industry. Global investment banking giant Credit Suisse have just launched a UK trial of a ‘returnships’ scheme – the first of its kind in the UK – aiming to ease finance professionals who’ve taken some time out back into work in the industry…
Ever felt like your university course is missing out something important? Some economics students certainly do! There’s now a worldwide initiative driven by economics students who believe things need to change in the way their subject is taught, with more analysis of the financial crash.
Good news for school leavers with an interest in finance career opportunities outside of the graduate entry route! ICM has recently conducted research into the apprenticeship landscape outlook for the next few years, and it looks to be exciting times for apprenticeships in financial services firms. So how do the numbers look?