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Education & Careers

Surge Continues in Learning and Development Spending

In a recent study, Bersin by Deloitte found that overall spending on training rose 12 percent on average in 2012 – a sign that amidst greater financial stability, organizations are focused on reskilling their workforces.
Practice

AICPA Survey: Growth and Firm Development Key Priorities for CPA Firms

With economic conditions improving, CPAs are taking a longer-term, more strategic view of goals to ensure their firms thrive, according to the American Institute of CPAs' 2013 CPA Firm Top Issues Survey.
Education & Careers

Survey: Accounting and Finance Make List of Toughest Jobs to Fill

For the third year in a row, accounting and finance is among the top ten jobs that are the hardest for employers to fill, according to a recent survey from Milwaukee-based workforce solutions firm ManpowerGroup.
A&A

IFRS Foundation Charts Progress Toward Global Adoption of IFRS

The IFRS Foundation has completed the first phase of an important initiative to assess the progress toward global adoption of IFRSs. The G20 has called for global adoption of a single set of high-quality financial reporting standards.
Practice Development

Sage Survey: Most Small and Midsized Businesses Not Hiring in 2013

Thirty-four percent of US small businesses and fifty-five percent of midsized businesses say they expect their staffing levels to remain the same in 2013, according to a hiring forecast by Sage North America.
A&A

Private Company Likelihood of Default Improving; Companies May Be Positioned to Borrow

According to Sageworks latest "Private Company Report" released May 28, private companies in the United States continued to grow at a healthy pace and experienced strong profit margins in the most recent period.
Education & Careers

Hiring Outlook Looks Promising for Accounting Grads

While overall employer expectations for hiring college graduates this fall are likely to remain relatively flat, more than half of companies report they'll be pursuing graduates who majored in accounting, according to a recent study.
Education & Careers

BDO and Ernst & Young Named Top Workplaces for Recent Grads

BDO USA LLP and Ernst & Young LLP were among twenty-five companies that were included in the Best Places to Work for Recent Grads 2013 report from ConnectEDU Inc., a technology company committed to transitioning learners from school to college to career.
Practice

Survey Finds Small Businesses Slowly Increasing Economic Activity

Small business owners are showing a willingness to hire more employees amidst signs of expanding business activity, according to the most recent Business Confidence Survey released by Insperity, Inc., a provider of human resources and business performance solutions.
Practice

Three Indicators of Creditworthiness for Your Business Clients

Are your business clients applying for a loan? Sageworks Research Specialist Mary Ellen Biery outlines three indicators of creditworthiness and how your clients can improve them.
A&A

SOX Compliance Survey Shows Need for More Scrutiny on High-Risk Processes

Demand for added attention to high-risk processes, growing costs, and the increasing role of IT controls and testing reports are some of the key changes and challenges companies faced over the last year.
Practice

Maintaining Wage and Hour Compliance in 2013

Over the past six years or so, wage and hour lawsuits have become, if not commonplace, extremely prevalent. This trend, fueled by a large number of workers displaced following the financial crisis and stoked by successful settlements and court rulings over the past several years, is unlikely to end anytime soon.
A&A

FASB Requesting Participation in FASAC Survey

The Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council (FASAC), the primary advisory group for the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), has issued a survey to solicit stakeholder views about the FASB’s future agenda. Participants are asked to respond to the survey by May 30, 2013.
Tax

Pew Survey: One-Third of Americans Like Doing Their Taxes

While many people believe doing their income taxes is a hassle, a recent survey from the Pew Research Center shows that a good portion of Americans don’t mind the process.
Technology

AICPA/CPA Canada Survey: Managing Data Tops List of 2013 Tech Initiatives

According to the 2013 North American Top Technology Initiatives Survey conducted by AICPA and CPA Canada, managing and retaining data topped the list of ten technology initiatives for accounting firms in the United States and Canada.
A&A

AICPA Survey Finds Money Worries Taking Toll on Americans' Waistlines, Well-being

Feeling a little paunchy around the middle or particularly irritable when you pull into work in the morning? Don't blame it all on processed sugar or your two-hour commute. A recent AICPA survey found money worries are making many Americans impatient, unhealthy, and sleep deprived.
Education & Careers

$53,300: The Average Starting Salary for New Accounting Grads

Accounting students who will graduate in 2013 will be the beneficiaries of an average starting salary that has increased by 7 percent over last year, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
Tax

State Nexus Policies Focus of Bloomberg BNA Survey

Many states say they would find nexus as a result of owning a web server in their jurisdiction, telecommuting employees, and making transactions that involve non-US entities, according to the thirteenth annual "Survey of State Tax Departments" by Bloomberg BNA.
A&A

Report: Most General Ledger Accounts Reconciled Manually

If you think automation is primarily being used to reconcile the general ledger accounts of public and private companies, think again. Nearly two-thirds of finance departments in US companies and one-half in Canadian companies are still using a manual accounting system.
A&A

Political 'Hangover' Holds Back US Business Confidence Despite Financing Boost

Business confidence has grown in the United States, according to new research from ACCA and IMA®. However, businesses are not yet in a position to take advantage of better trading conditions and easier access to financing.

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