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Practice Management

Study: Compliance, staffing capabilities will need special attention in changing economy

The 2011 benchmarking study of the finance function has been released. The study reveals how public and private firms of all sizes are currently managing their financial departments in six vital areas.
Education & Careers

Survey: Executives face greater job demands today than five years ago

More than 80 percent of chief financial officers recently interviewed said they believe it’s more difficult to be a company leader today than it was five years ago.
Practice

Accounting, finance HR managers emphasize good cultural fit

More than two-thirds of HR managers or recruiters who have responsibility in recruiting accounting and finance positions have indicated that they are planning to hire in the next six months.
Practice

Business confidence remains high among CFOs; recruiting challenges rise

A net 2 percent of chief financial officers interviewed for the Robert Half Financial Hiring Index said they plan to hire full-time accounting and finance professionals in the first quarter of 2011.
A&A

Deloitte CFO Vision Poll: Midterm elections improve business outlook

Despite the fact that more than 70 percent of chief financial officers at Deloitte's annual CFO Vision conference believe current government financial policy has either had no effect or negatively impacted their business, the tide is turning toward a more positive outlook.
Practice Development

Survey: 82% of top 100 accounting firms tie new tech to client retention, firm growth

The largest U.S. accounting firms believe they are nearly 100 percent focused on client needs and expectations, and perceived by their clients as technologically savvy, with the adoption of paperless and cloud-based technologies, according to a recent survey.
A&A

Employment, pay improves for small businesses in October

Small business employment growth and compensation picked up in October with a strong uptick in hours worked.
A&A

CFOs have mixed feelings regarding social media

More than half of chief financial officers said their greatest social media concern is that employees are wasting time during business hours using such sites as Facebook and Twitter.
A&A

Nearly half of executives anticipate SEC decision on IFRS in 2011

Most executives responsible for corporate financial reporting said their firms will be ready, but likely will not move to IFRS until mandated, even if an "early adoption" option is allowed, according to an IFRS convergence survey.
Practice

Economic confidence rises in Q3; CFOs plan to hire

Chief financial officers are slowly but surely easing from the recession, and are finding new opportunities to hire, despite unemployment levels remaining historically high.
Education & Careers

Women in accounting feel dissatisfied with career, not equally compensated

Forty-seven percent of women in accounting and finance are satisfied with their careers and only 19 percent believe they are equally compensated for their work as compared with their male counterparts.
Practice Management

Survey: Finance executives would delegate administrative duties first

If financial executives could get one thing off their plates, it would be administrative tasks, according to a recent survey by Robert Half Management Resources.
Technology

Seven features to consider when purchasing a laptop

What would make the perfect laptop computer for an accountant? Sure, you would want a device that has the best performance at a reasonable price. But what about other important features like battery life, keyboard quality, and portability? AccountingWEB’s Jason Bramwell reports.
Technology

Survey: Executives' organizations moving to Cloud-based services within two years

Business and government executives expect their organizations to use Cloud computing within the next two years, according to results of a recent survey.
Practice

More accounting and finance workers confident in ability to find new job

The Accounting and Finance Employee Confidence Index increased 0.6 points to 53.9 in the third quarter of 2010, according to a recent survey. The index is a measure of overall confidence among U.S. accounting and finance workers.
A&A

Rosenberg MAP Survey: CPA firms weather recession nicely

The recession hit the CPA industry with full force in 2009, and the results were quite different than in years past. Growth for CPA firms has been steady for 20 years or more, so firms had to rapidly adapt to the reality that the gravy days are gone for the time being.
Practice

Slightly higher salaries projected as key roles prove challenging to fill

With some signs pointing to a slight uptick in financial hiring, compensation for accounting and finance professionals should see commensurate gains. Starting salaries in these fields are expected to rise an average of 3.1 percent in the coming year.
Community News

Big Four dominate student ranking of top global employers

Students around the world have placed the Big Four accounting firms atop a ranking of the world’s top 50 most attractive employers, bested only by Google in the coveted No. 1 spot.
Education & Careers

CFOs cite integrity as most important trait for future leaders

A strong moral compass can give high-potential managers a leg up the career ladder, according to the results of a recent survey.
A&A

Survey: Most finance executives confident in business growth

Financial executives are more optimistic today than they were this time last year. More than 80 percent of financial leaders surveyed worldwide are at least somewhat confident in their companies' growth prospects.

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