Industry Opinions

  • The Auditor Dossiers - Profile 1: Big Four Audit Director
    AG is your complete audit specialist. External audit is what she does, has always done and even after twenty years of honing her expertise, audit, remains, to this day, her professional passion. As a big four audit director, her technical abilities in audit and financial reporting compliance and...
  • The Audit Agony Aunt, Carol McLachlan, interviews three different audit professionals at different stages of their careers. Read their candid interviews and advice for newcomers to the profession.
  • The way we interact and communicate has fundamentally changed over the past 15 years.  The likes of Google and many social media apps are here to stay and whilst some channels may not last, the monopoly of some such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn means you cannot ignore the...
  • Jane’s story provides a valuable case study for identifying personal motivators, finding a passion and then carving out a career in a service that she really cares about. So, let’s find out how she has gone about it…
  • Claire was just coming up to the end of her ACA training contract when we first met. I wanted to find out how she had made her initial career decision on graduating and how she had found the experience of working in a smaller, local firm...
  • Have the ethics of accountants and audit professionals slipped since the 2001 Enron scandal and dissolution of Arthur Andersen? Following the Ethics Re-Visited survey from September 2018, Simon Wright takes a closer look at the current situation.
  • Read our discussion on making Internal Audit more independent.
  • As the months draw ever closer to the inception of the EU GDPR, a revolutionary piece of legislation that will alter the way global business handles data privacy and security; there may be a question as to how, if at all, Britain’s exit from Europe will impact the effects of the directive on UK b...
  • Work is an important, and large, part of our lives; as Auditors, we spend a staggering 99,000+ hours at work in our lifetimes. Because of this, it’s important that you feel you achieve emotional well-being and work satisfaction in your audit role.
  • The ambiguity of a post-Brexit world has left UK and EU professionals alike contemplating the future of their careers.
  • As whispers travel down the grapevine about the status of Brexit, it would appear that while the initial aftermath sent British businesses into a brief turmoil, the reality as it stands is far less dramatic.
  • We spoke with the Head of Internal Audit at the ACCA to ask his thoughts on the post-Brexit fallout and how this may affect those in the profession not just in the UK and Europe but across the world.
  • In this modern age the proportion of virtual interviews is likely equal to those conducted face-to-face, however that doesn’t mean that aspiring employees branching out into the areas of internal audit, compliance, risk and cyber security are properly educated as to the etiquette of Skype intervi...
  • 'I'd like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn'. How often have your received this inoffensive, modest invite?
  • We consider the impact such a move could have on the UK economy and how this affects audit professionals and auditors currently working in the UK and across Europe.
  • According to the Chartered Management Institute's recent report on 'The Quality of Working Life', you are likely having to work over 200 hours of overtime which cancels out the average holiday/bank holiday entitlement of 28 days per year.
  • I've quoted it before, and I'll quote it again, but are you aware that Emotional Intelligence (EI) is more critical to your professional success than the intellectual variety?
  • It's crazy conference season and as a veteran circuit speaker, this is the peak time of my working year. Closely akin to the external auditor's January equivalent (those of us with the glut of December year ends and insane international reporting deadlines), it feels like a full twelve months ar...
  • The 2015 annual Audit & Risk Recruitment Survey by CareersinAudit.com asked over 1,700 auditors and accountancy professionals worldwide their opinions around ethics and when they will look to move on in their careers.
  • Many of us carry round a whole lot of clutter. I'm not talking handbags and briefcases here, rather the mental baggage that clutters up our minds and slows down our thinking processes. Tasks that we tell ourselves we should do, but we don't do.