Thursday, February 18, 2021

ICAEW Recruiting Full-time #VAT and Duties Manager

 


The Tax Faculty is recruiting

The Tax Faculty is recruiting for a full-time VAT and Duties manager to lead on our work in the areas of both VAT and an expanding portfolio covering Customs Duties and international trade.

The VAT and Duties Manager role involves two aspects. Firstly, the management of ICAEW's policy and reputational work in these areas, which are overseen by the Tax Faculty's VAT & Duties Committee. Secondly, the production of high quality member services in these areas which will include presentations, webinars and the authoring of guidance notes etc.

This is an important role sitting right at the heart of the Tax Faculty’s activities. We would expect that the successful applicant will have a professional qualification and have detailed experience of VAT.

In addition, the role has been expanded to cover the growing importance in our work of customs duties and international trade related issues. While existing knowledge of the latter would be advantageous, we would welcome applications from suitable specialists who can display a determination to learn and upskill in this area as the UK moves to establish an independent trading policy. 

The faculty is seeking a full-time, permanent staff member based in London, but is willing to be flexible for the right person. Salary is c£70,000 FTE. Download a copy of the role profile, 

If you believe that you have the skills and experience we are seeking for this important role, please send your CV and a covering letter to hrapplications@icaew.com.

The closing date is 26 February 2021.

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Friday, February 12, 2021

KPMG Goes Into Meltdown - #MoanGate

 


The fallout from Bill Michael's (UK Chairman of KPMG) #MoanGate video continues.

The Telegraph reports that relationships at the top of the firm became so toxic under Bill Michael that it was forced to pay for an external coach to sit in on meetings to ensure senior managers would be civil towards each other, according to insiders.

KPMG's leaders were also asked to hand over their phones to investigators trying to root out the source of suspected leaks as the firm’s reputation took a battering over regulatory probes, alleged bullying and aggressive cost cutting, sources said.  

Unsurprisingly he has now resigned. Bina Mehta has stepped in as acting chairman, and Mary O'Connor has taken over Michael's day-to-day executive responsibilities as acting senior partner.

A pretty poor state of affairs by anyone's standards, and not how the firm used to be run when I was a member of staff in the late 1980's!

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

"Stop Moaning" - Message To Staff From KPMG Chairman

KPMG’s UK chairman, Bill Michael, has come in for heavy criticism after he told staff to ‘stop moaning’ about their working conditions during the lockdown.

In a virtual meeting with around 500 staff Michael reportedly told staff to ‘stop moaning’ and to ‘stop playing the victim card’. They had raised concerns about pension contributions, pay and bonuses. Questions were also asked about the ranking system of staff performance – from best to worse.

A Financial Times story revealed that Michael later apologised for his choice of words. He told the paper: 

“I am sorry for the words I used, which did not reflect what I believe in, and I have apologised to my colleagues. Looking after the wellbeing of our people and creating a culture where everyone can thrive is of critical importance to me and is at the heart of everything we do as a firm.”

KPMG wasn't like that in my day!

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Thursday, February 04, 2021

Which of The Big Four Accountancy Firms Broke Lockdown?

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Friday, January 22, 2021

Good Luck #ICAEWStudents

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Wednesday, January 06, 2021

ICAEW Summarises Brexit

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

The #ICAEWROAR Twitter List


 

I have been ranked 6th out of 50 in the ICAEW Top Online UK Influencers List.

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Monday, December 14, 2020

#ICAEWROAR Top Online UK Influencers: Accountancy 2020

 


I have been ranked 6th out of 50 in the ICAEW Top Online UK Influencers List.

In the third #ICAEWROAR event, the ICAEW focussed specifically on UK individuals using social media within the realms of accountancy.

As per the ICAEW:

“Regulatory changes, technological advances, environmental issues and economic pressures are changing the way business operates. This has created new opportunities and fresh challenges. 2020 has been particular challenging due to the pandemic. Through campaigns such as ICAEW 100 years of female membershipGlobal Goals for Sustainable Development and launches such as ICAEW Insights and the Coronavirus and COVID-19: global recovery hubs, ICAEW have been working to foster discussion in our industry on how best to face these challenges.

There are those who have already seen this opportunity and taken a firm grasp. We wanted to discover these early adopters, not just to celebrate their work, but to see what can be learned from their experiences and bring new ideas to our industry.

Our brand values are imperative to the way we communicate, behave and position ourselves. We are bound by our Royal Charter to promote a manner in acting responsibly and behaving with integrity, throughout our industry and beyond into UK business. These values have formed the backbone of this ranking system and have informed the design of the algorithm we have written, and as such will ultimately decide who ranks.

This algorithm we have developed using Falcon’s listening tool, our social media intelligence platform, to search and list the contenders.

For our third #ICAEWROAR Top UK Online Influencers ranking we have chosen to concentrate on individuals using Twitter within the realms of accountancy.”

The ICAEW focused on UK-based individuals tweeting and discussing accountancy related topics such as accountancy, tax, budget, assurance, insolvency, audit and finance. The ICAEW’s values of integrity, objectivity and respect for others were applied to the tone of voice of the tweets and retweets, determining the data that the ICAEW has included in its metrics.

Working with Falcon the ICAEW used their social media listening tool to pull data relevant to their specific keywords, looking at a metrics comprising of:

  • Audience re-tweets;
  • Author tweets;
  • Positive and neutral sentiment
  • Visibility and audience relevance.

The #ICAEWROAR algorithm values quality over quantity. Placing more emphasis on topical engagement of the authors’ tweets than the amount they’ve tweeted, the algorithm considers everything from visibility, relevance and tone of voice, to reaction and audience engagement.

My thanks to the ICAEW, and congratulations to those others on the list.

 

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Friday, November 13, 2020

Nominate Elaine Clark For The ICAEW Council


 

My Twitter chum, and fellow member of the ICAEW, Elaine Clark is standing for election to the ICAEW Council in the North West. 

I wish her all the best, and would ask any members in the North West to sign her nomination papers; as she will be a force for good.

Elaine has correctly called out the absurdity of the ICAEW's regional (and indeed international) council structure that not only prevents members from one region nominating members from another, but also does not have space for a "cyberspace" council member.

 

In 2007 I noted the following:

"Why does the ICAEW claim to be international, yet council elections are decided on a local basis?

Why does the ICAEW insist on prospective candidates for council needing 10 signatures from the local area, before they are even allowed to stand?

Why does the ICAEW need 90, or more, council members?

Operating a Victorian trading association model simply will not do for the 21st century.

Until the ICAEW gets that point it will go nowhere."

In fact in 2007 I tried to stand for council, but couldn't get the nominations because the ICAEW wouldn't tell anyone in Croydon (where I was living at the time) that I was standing. 

Therefore please nominate Elaine, as she might actually achieve what I failed to achieve!

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Thursday, November 12, 2020

Update on The ICAEW Investment in Engine B

In October I noted that the ICAEW had invested in Engine B, and that Michael Izza is on the Board.

AccountingWeb have now run with the story:

"The ICAEW’s recent additional investment into tech start-up Engine B was perhaps largely unnoticed by many members. Taking a 10% stake and Michael Izza joining the board seems an unusual step for an institute to take. 

Aside from the potential conflict of interest, historically, accounting institutes and major tech initiatives have largely been a failure. How will this investment stack up?

Getting to grips with Engine B and what it aims to do isn’t easy. The website is quite opaque and subsequent press releases unhelpful, especially as it describes itself as an “intelligent data access platform” using “dynamic knowledge graphs”.

Put more simply, Engine B seems to be two things:

  • A set of rules (or data models) that help to standardise structured data (like financial accounts) and unstructured data (such as PDFs). 
  • A technology platform, that allows this data to be interrogated and for other software to be linked to it...
While at some point there could be a commercial conflict with other software providers, Lyford-Smith is keen to stress that their interest is at the ‘foundational layer’. He stresses there is no conflict with the audit itself as “this isn’t the standards of the audit, we regulate the professional behaviour, in the same way we don’t regulate Excel formula creation.” 

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