Insight / People in the news: RSM, IVSC, Quantuma, Leon & Co

In this week’s moves and appointments roundup, RSM appoints a tax director in its Manchester office and the firm’s legal arm makes it onto the Legal 500 list, the International Valuation Standards Council (IVSC) appoints a trustee member

Insight / Warning on ‘endemic’ low pay in UK

There has been little progress in the number of people managing to escape from poorly paid jobs in the UK with women earning less than men, according to a report from the government’s Social Mobility Commission

Insight / Treasury Committee launches inquiry into women in finance

The Treasury Committee is to investigate women in finance, focusing on the Treasury’s women in finance charter and the progress made against it, in a bid to identify the barriers to women entering and progressing in the financial services industry

Insight / ACCA says more focus needed on ethics at work

Half of UK workers have encountered unethical situations at work and a similar proportion also do not think their employer is committed to ethical behaviour, according to a survey by ACCA calling for more focus on ethics released on 18 October, which is designated as global ethics day

Insight / Brain drain: how can accountancy firms stop talent emigrating?

Brexit uncertainty is causing large numbers of talented EU workers to leave the UK but this is not just down to the referendum result says Simon Wright, operations director of, who suggests lack of progression within accountancy firms plays a part

Insight / People in the news: KPMG, RSM, Grunberg & Co

Career news this week includes a new head of tax at KPMG as well as a promotion for a director to head of automotive, RSM appoints a private client partner in its legal firm and Grunberg & Co promotes a partner

Insight / Tips and advice: how to deal with mental health in accountancy

Rob Alder, head of business development at the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), provides advice for accountants when approaching their boss about mental health issues and stress as almost half of accountants admit they suffer from stress on a regular basis

Insight / Millennial interviews: the growth finance head

This week CCH Daily speaks to Sarah Abrahams, head of growth finance at Grant Thornton on what made her choose to go into this particular role, whether she has any regrets and what she believes is the most important skill to have in accountancy

Insight / FTSE 100 set target to have one BAME director by 2021

FTSE 100 companies are to aim to have at least one Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) director by 2021 and FTSE 250 by 2024 as part of the Parker Review which sets out achievable objectives to encourage greater diversity, with only 8% of 1,050 FTSE 100 directors currently BAME

Insight / A third of accountants experience weekly stress

On World Mental Health Day, a study has shown that more than a third of accountancy professionals report experiencing stress on a weekly basis, and over half at least once a month, but 60% fail to mention this at work, according to research by global job board

Insight / EY is third of Big Four to publish pay gap data

EY has published its gender pay gap figures for the UK, six months ahead of the government’s regulatory deadline of April 2018, and is the third of the Big Four firms to do so

Insight / Union launches consultation on industrial action over public sector pay cap

The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) has launched a consultative ballot urging members to strike or take other industrial action to protest against the government’s 1% pay cap on the public sector

Tax / Termination payments – tax rule change from April 2018

Major changes to the tax calculations for termination payments are set to come into effect from April 2018 which will hit high earners and affect tax calculations. Sarah Bradford ACA CTA (Fellow) explains the changes and the affect on redundancy payouts

Insight / Salary prospects good for accounting/IT skills combinations

Accounting and financial staff are currently in high demand in the permanent vacancy market, and those with specialist IT skills can look ahead to salary increases, according to two recent surveys

Insight / People in the news: BDO, Blick Rothenberg, MHA MacIntyre Hudson

Career news this week includes an audiut partner in BDO’s Bristol office, Blick Rothenberg appoints three partners across its audit, tax and dispute resolution teams, MHA MacIntyre Hudson promotes a partner in its London office