Industry Opinions

  • If the news is anything to go by it’s looking more and more likely that Boris Johnson, unwittingly or not, is leading the UK towards a no deal Brexit. For those working in audit, these are the things to consider as the 31 October Brexit deadline looms.
  • The past two to three years has seen a shift in jobseekers’ priorities. The candidate-driven market means recruitment can no longer operate as a one-way transaction. What companies offer candidates matter...
  • With organisations shifting towards digital and regulatory changes posing an ongoing headache for auditors, these four trends should be at the top of your risk-based audit plan in 2019.
  • The world may be connected by tangible bridges, roads and pathways but since ‘smart’ became the adjective for everything from our cars and phones to essentially the way we manage our households (cough) Alexa; connectivity has redefined itself.
  • When Dalian Paul qualifies as an ACA, in around 3½ years’ time, not only will he have dodged the dreaded student debt, he will have been earning for 5 years, visited around 50 different organisations, built relationships...
  • As corporate misconduct continues, from the bad old days of Enron, to the more current examples of Volkswagen, Nissan and NAB foreshadowing the dark side of business in the event of compliance failures; there is an overwhelming need for corporate culture to be added to the internal audit workload.
  • 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...
  • The European governance recruitment market is complex and multifaceted. But despite each nation’s unique economic, cultural and political influences, our first European Market Report found many shared challenges and opportunities across the continent.
  • “Should I stay or should I go to a different location?” used to be a fairly simple question for many audit and accountancy professionals looking for a better work life balance, to find a new challenge or in some instances, gain a step up in their career.
  • 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.
  • 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 four different audit professionals at different stages of their careers. Read their candid interviews and advice for newcomers to the profession.
  • 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.