10 things we learnt this week
A round-up of recent top content you may have missed from CA Today.
1. ICAS the Movie was released online
A film promoting the values, standards and reach of ICAS premiered this week. Some of our CAs share how ICAS has been instrumental in their success.
2. Nominations are now open for 35 CAs under 35
The 2016 One Young CA/35 CAs under 35 competition is now accepting nominations for potential candidates. The overall winner will represent ICAS at the One Young World summit in Canada later this year.
3. The new living wage came into effect
From 1 April 2016, all workers aged over 25 are entitled to the new National Living Wage. The raise will see many full time employees gain an extra £900 a year.
4. NYC millionaires called for higher taxes
A group of wealthy individuals have suggested new tax rates in New York to revive an 'ailing infrastructure'. The “1% Plan for New York Tax Fairness” calls for higher taxes on the wealthiest of the population.
5. The world's top Accounting & Finance universities were revealed
The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016 were published and listed the best learning institutes for studying Accounting & Finance. Universities in the US and UK dominated the board.
6. PwC and CBI have reported a dip in confidence for the UK economy
The latest CBI/PwC Financial Services Survey has shown that optimism in the country's economic outlook is at its lowest since 2011. EU uncertainty and the Chinese market are among the reported factors.
7. David Nichol CA told us about being CEO of Brewin Dolphin
David Nichol CA was appointed CEO of wealth management firm Brewin Dolphin in 2013 and has served on the ICAS council for four years. He has over three decades' worth of experience as a CA and offered his advice to the newly-qualified.
8. Scott-Moncrieff and Ogilvie & Co. announced their plans to merge
The Scottish accountancy firms will begin conducting business under the same banner from May 2016. The move will contribute to the expansion of Scott-Moncrieff's tax advice and trust management team.
9. Accountancy firms are promoting social mobility
KPMG, EY and Deloitte are among those backing a new government scheme to measure socio-economic diversity in the UK. The standard aims to promote social mobility and will involve assessing employee backgrounds for data.
10. Glassdoor released a list of the strangest interview questions
How many tennis balls could you fit in a limousine? Recruitment experts Glassdoor have published their pick of the oddest questions ever posed in job interviews.