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Where Do Finance Careers Rank Among The Most Desirable?

Where Do Finance Careers Rank Among The Most Desirable?

Aspiring investment banker? Wannabe accountant? How do your chosen career paths rank alongside the most desirable in the country?

Finance Graduate Jobs In London Increase

Finance Graduate Jobs In London Increase

Oh boy, yes you did read that correctly… the number of jobs in the City are on the rise.

Economics Students Protest Over ‘Impossible’ Exam

Economics Students Protest Over ‘Impossible’ Exam

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.

The Lowdown on NHS Financial Management Training

The Lowdown on NHS Financial Management Training

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…

LinkedIn ‘Buzzword Bingo’ Warning

LinkedIn ‘Buzzword Bingo’ Warning

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 Launches New Financial Apprenticeship Scheme

London Stock Exchange Launches New Financial Apprenticeship Scheme

London Stock Exchange (LSE) have worked in collaboration with charity City Gateway to offer a brand new financial services industry apprenticeship.

Wealth of Richest 1% to Be More Than Rest of World

Wealth of Richest 1% to Be More Than Rest of World

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.

Which University’s Graduates Earn the Highest Salaries?

Which University’s Graduates Earn the Highest Salaries?

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 Banker Bonus Season!

It’s Banker Bonus Season!

It’s January. And that means banks will be paying employees their annual bonuses. However, this year there’s a bit of a difference…

Accountancy & Professional Services to Offer Most Graduate Vacancies in 2015

Accountancy & Professional Services to Offer Most Graduate Vacancies in 2015

The High Fliers Report for 2015 shows that accountancy and professional services firms will be the biggest graduate hirers this year.

PwC Hires Record Number of Trainees in North West in 2014

PwC Hires Record Number of Trainees in North West in 2014

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 to Leave The Apprentice

Nick to Leave The Apprentice

Nick Hewer is to leave the BBC’s The Apprentice after ten years on the show. Noooooo!!

Fund Manager Banned from the City for Fare Dodging

Fund Manager Banned from the City for Fare Dodging

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. 

Brits Top Festive Spending Amongst World Economies

Brits Top Festive Spending Amongst World Economies

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! 

New EY Forensic Accountancy Team to Help Drive City Fraud Prosecutions

New EY Forensic Accountancy Team to Help Drive City Fraud Prosecutions

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. 

David Cameron Top of Fresh Business Thinking Power 100 List

David Cameron Top of Fresh Business Thinking Power 100 List

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?

Finance Firms Amongst Clegg’s Social Mobility Champions

Finance Firms Amongst Clegg’s Social Mobility Champions

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?

New Rules for ‘Too Big to Fail’ Banks Revealed

New Rules for ‘Too Big to Fail’ Banks Revealed

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.

London’s Iconic Gherkin Building Bought for £700m

London’s Iconic Gherkin Building Bought for £700m

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.

EMBA Single “Global Model” Approach Challenged

EMBA Single “Global Model” Approach Challenged

Questions have been raised over the global education provided within Executive MBA (EMBA) courses.

Up to 40 Apprentices to Join TSB This November

Up to 40 Apprentices to Join TSB This November

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.

New Report Reveals Salary Rise in Finance and Professional Services Industry

New Report Reveals Salary Rise in Finance and Professional Services Industry

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.

Employment in London’s Financial and Related Professional Services Industry Hits Record High

Employment in London’s Financial and Related Professional Services Industry Hits Record High

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.

Pink Diamond Sells for Record £11.1 Million

Pink Diamond Sells for Record £11.1 Million

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.

KPMG Expands Business and Administration Apprenticeship Scheme

KPMG Expands Business and Administration Apprenticeship Scheme

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.

Development of Actuarial Apprenticeships Announced

Development of Actuarial Apprenticeships Announced

Word is out of the actuarial grapevine that work is underway to develop a brand new framework for an apprenticeship route into the profession.

UK Funds under Management Hit Record £6.2 Trillion

UK Funds under Management Hit Record £6.2 Trillion

Recently released research shows that the UK fund management sector was responsible for a whopping £6.2 trillion at the end of 2013. 

Business & Admin Studies Subject Group Has Most Acceptances Amongst September 2014 Students

Business & Admin Studies Subject Group Has Most Acceptances Amongst September 2014 Students

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 Barclays Apprentices Graduate at Westminster

140 Barclays Apprentices Graduate at Westminster

140 young people have marked completion of their apprenticeships with international Bank Barclays with a graduation ceremony at the House of Commons. 

Lord Hill Appointed Financial Services Commissioner for EU Commission

Lord Hill Appointed Financial Services Commissioner for EU Commission

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.

ACCA Highlights Graduates’ Role in Driving Small Business Growth

ACCA Highlights Graduates’ Role in Driving Small Business Growth

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.

 BDO Announces 100 New Traineeships

BDO Announces 100 New Traineeships

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 to Launch New Free MOOC Course in Business

ACCA to Launch New Free MOOC Course in Business

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 Record Student Interest in Their Graduate Roles

PwC Have Record Student Interest in Their Graduate Roles

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?

Hiring Growth in SMEs Helps to Maintain Steady Recruitment in the City

Hiring Growth in SMEs Helps to Maintain Steady Recruitment in the City

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.

Should Bankers Take an Oath to Restore Virtue in the Financial Sector?

Should Bankers Take an Oath to Restore Virtue in the Financial Sector?

A new report from think tank Res Publica has called for an alternative approach to help rebuild public trust in the finance industry…

GCHQ Certifies Masters Degrees in Cyber Security

GCHQ Certifies Masters Degrees in Cyber Security

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).

Could Water Be Traded on the Financial Markets in the Future?

Could Water Be Traded on the Financial Markets in the Future?

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.

Survey Warns of ‘Bottleneck’ for Finance Job Seekers

Survey Warns of ‘Bottleneck’ for Finance Job Seekers

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.

New Figures Reveal UK Financial Services Trade Surplus Biggest in the World

New Figures Reveal UK Financial Services Trade Surplus Biggest in the World

The UK has the world’s biggest trade surplus in financial services, according to new figures from TheCityUK.

Morgan Stanley Received 90,000 Applications for Summer Intern Positions

Morgan Stanley Received 90,000 Applications for Summer Intern Positions

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.

Deloitte Announces 200 New Graduate and School Leaver Jobs

Deloitte Announces 200 New Graduate and School Leaver Jobs

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”. 

CIPFA Reveals Rapid Expansion in International Student Numbers

CIPFA Reveals Rapid Expansion in International Student Numbers

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) have announced that the Institute now has over 1,000 international students.

KPMG Report Heralds ‘Age of Asset Management’

KPMG Report Heralds ‘Age of Asset Management’

KPMG’s Evolving Investment Management Regulation report has highlighted some positive signs for the asset management industry.

New AAT Qualification in Bookkeeping Revealed

New AAT Qualification in Bookkeeping Revealed

The AAT has unveiled a new qualification for individuals interested in taking on the bookkeeping profession.

Summer Interns Start Up in The City

Summer Interns Start Up in The City

Mid-June marks the beginning of the summer internship season in the City of London.

New Access Accountancy Initiative Promotes Diversity in the Profession

New Access Accountancy Initiative Promotes Diversity in the Profession

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.   

Finance Sector Leading the Way in Expected Graduate Recruitment Boom

Finance Sector Leading the Way in Expected Graduate Recruitment Boom

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!

London Tops PwC’s Cities of Opportunity Study

London Tops PwC’s Cities of Opportunity Study

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!

CIPFA Announce Winners of Annual Awards

CIPFA Announce Winners of Annual Awards

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.

City Bankers Take Up ‘Mindfulness’

City Bankers Take Up ‘Mindfulness’

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.

‘Returnships’ Trial at Global Bank in UK

‘Returnships’ Trial at Global Bank in UK

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…

Economics Students Call for Revision of Subject Teaching

Economics Students Call for Revision of Subject Teaching

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.

Apprenticeships for Financial Services Firms on the Up

Apprenticeships for Financial Services Firms on the Up

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?

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