A chilling survey, admittedly from the United States, suggests that people working as accountants or tax specialists would love to be doing something else.
The Philip Fisher column
The world is overrun with blogs and tweets. While they serve a purpose, this column is something slightly different. You will not find out what the author had for breakfast or the colour of the socks he is wearing. You will not be pestered with tedious listings of every film, book, play etc that your correspondent has ever seen or his latest success or otherwise on the golf links.
What readers have come to expect from a writer who has been associated with AccountingWEB almost from its inception are objective but on occasion quite possibly opinionated articles about topics that might be of interest to accountants as people. The intention is to be simultaneously challenging, thought-provoking and entertaining.
Since the writer is a partner in the Human Capital team at BDO LLP these columns will frequently take on issues relating to taxation, business and government policy. For light entertainment, he is also London Editor of British Theatre Guide so there will be plenty of hints and tips about what to see and not to see.
He also regularly writes about technology for London Accountant and almost anything else under the sun for a variety of publications so there are always going to be odd surprises in store. Travel, art, books, theatre, sports and consumer issues are all likely to receive consideration in coming months - but so are taxation issues, thoughts on the latest technology and, inevitably, the activities of the Chancellor and HMRC.
Judging by the responses to recent columns addressing the government's attacks on tax evaders, many advisers do not seem willing to acknowledge the problem.
The latest announcement that vast numbers of the very rich are apparently evading vast amounts of tax should come as a wake-up call to us all.
Goodness knows what Victoria or Albert would make of it but instead of sculpture, artwork or design the latest exhibition at the V&A features an iconic pop star whose career has now spanned more than 40 years.
A corporate bonding exercise the week before last gave great food for thought during a debate entitled "This group should stop at nothing to reduce its tax liabilities".
Overnight, Maria Miller the Culture Secretary has apparently announced that future arts funding will be based on financial returns rather than artistic merit.
London is currently vibrant when it comes to cultural activity. On the art and theatre fronts, there is a great selection of wonderful experiences waiting to be enjoyed.
At last, the efforts of accountants are being recognised by enterprising theatre producers who are literally giving theatre tickets to accountants with no strings attached.
It is an old saw about all of the best business deals are brokered on golf courses. Is this really true or merely wishful thinking?
Following the merger of PKF and BDO, your columnist is effectively starting up what might well feel very much like a brand-new job.
About three months ago, the time seemed right to see whether it was possible to live without cash.