The 10 most popular stories on CA Today in 2018

By Eleanor O'Neill, CA Today

21 December 2018

The past year has brought a wealth of news, insight and interesting developments to the pages of CA Today. Here we take a look back at our most-read content in 2018.

1. The ICAS Top 100 Young CAs 2018 announced

This year we took our recognition of exceptional Young CAs to new heights with the announcement of the ICAS Top 100 Young CAs 2018, in association with Investec Click & Invest. We asked you to nominate the CAs under 35 who were excelling in their professional lives, representing the best of ICAS in the worlds of finance, business and beyond.

2. ICAS signs historic deal with US accountancy bodies

In the first agreement of its kind, ICAS, NASBA and AICPA agreed a deal in February which provides a streamlined process for their respective members to achieve reciprocity of qualifications. The Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) provides a simple route for CAs to achieve the US CPA and licensure, and US Certified Public Accountants to attain the CA designation and UK audit signing rights.

3. Michael Scott named ICAS One Young CA 2018

Michael Scott CA was announced as the winner of the 2018 ICAS One Young CA award. He was distinguished from a group of top-notch finalists to represent Young CAs, ICAS and the chartered accountancy profession to the wider world.

4. Sandy Manson appointed ICAS President

Sandy Manson CA, Chief Executive of Johnston Carmichael, was appointed President of ICAS in May, succeeding Sir Brian Souter CA in the role. Sandy's themes for his term are Leadership, Trust and Legacy.

5. CAs recognised in Queen's birthday honours

Sir Douglas Flint CA, Barbara Allison CA, Grenville Shaw Johnston CA and Brian Gammell Ivory CA were recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

6. The top 30 accountancy firms for 2018 revealed

Research by The CA magazine revealed the top 30 UK and Scottish accountancy firms by revenue and fee earners in 2018. Against a backdrop of heightened change and uncertainty across the accounting sector, the Big Four remain at the top.

7. In defence of the profession

In a letter to the Financial Times, ICAS CEO Bruce Cartwright CA, highlighted the vital contribution that accountants make to the UK. In response to a column published in August, Bruce stated that the future of the profession is at an important crossroads.

8. Revealed: CA salaries were on an even keel in 2017

A survey carried out by The CA magazine revealed that nearly a third (31%) of respondents received an above-inflation increase in remuneration last year. Average salaries for full-time CAs ranged from £48,331 to £135,738 and 24% expected another raise in 2018.

9. 10 worst commutes in the world

We round up the 10 global cities with the lowest-ranking transit hubs and examine how bad traffic can be if you opt out of the train.

10. Former PwC Partner Bruce Cartwright CA assumes role as CEO of ICAS

Bruce Cartwright CA, former PwC Partner and Head of Corporate Restructuring, Scotland, stepped into his role as the Chief Executive of ICAS in March. Bruce had been working as Executive Director of Policy Leadership since May 2017 and succeeded Anton Colella who left after almost 11 years at the helm of ICAS.

What has been your favourite read on CA Today this year? Tell us in the comments below.


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