This reminds me of the ridiculous Hays survey sent out last week on diversity.
I started filling it out I a frank and honest manner - mainly in order to protest at the tedious irrelevance of the subject matter. Unfortunately I had to stop as the questions appeared to be more than leading, to create the result they want to report.
Am I the only one left who couldn't care less how 'diverse' their (or anyone else's) firms are? All I care about is how good the candidate is going to be at their job, how much money they want, and whether they are likely to hang around or not. gender/race/religion/class/sexuality/nationality/etc is largely irrelevant and any attempts to promote selection of staff based upon such factors should be treated with the utmost contempt.
Ive got clients who have been getting a 'please try again later' message for the last two years - and therefore have to keep filing by paper,
HMRC are aware, and don't give a [***]
Depends on whether the employer contribution is really 'at no cost to you'.
Most smaller or smallish employers I would expect consider the total package cost of each employee. For us, we add up the cost of salary, E'ers NIC, pension, study, parking, health, etc etc etc and know how much each member of staff is costing us.
We haven't specifically adjusted salaries for pensions but I can imagine some will have and for all businesses it affects how much is in the pot. I suspect that AE pensions will probably have been absorbed into employee salraies by most employers in the next 3-5 years (total speculative estimate off the top of my head of course).
Ah I see - I thought you meant check with your clients' staff (quite risky I reckon) not checking with your own staff (right thing to do I think).
Im not aware of any of our lot dropping out - but then I don't get involved in the payroll so unless those that do mentioned it, I probably wouldn't. I can probably predicts the one(s) who would opt out though.
Its probable that they are working on an MOD site or something in the secret squirrel club.
Doubtful. Certainly (from experience) SC and DV checks are done via an MOD portal, rather than asking some unknown accountant to verify documents that may well have originated from government departments anyway! CTC checks are the lowest level and I think even they are done via the NSVS.
As you say, it was always going to happen when the e'ee contributions went up.
Are we expected to confirm with them that they have taken advice on this or I feel I should maybe get an IFA to go and see them.
I feel a bit exposed on this, obvioulsy the business owners are happy at the drop out rate.
I wouldn't be asking the employees if they're sure - i'd feel a hell of a lot more exposed if my clients (for whom i do act) found out that I'd gone and convinced their employees (for whom i don't act) to opt back in when they'd previously indicated a desire to opt out!
We gave the employers communications to pass round to employees with their payslips giving them the heads up on it. Whether the employers did or not, who knows. If we see a massive drop out then we might give them something to pass round again I guess. Im not sure if we have seen too much drop off so far.
I think the problems are twofold:
1) There is a larger influx of cowboys, or IT bods without accounting experience, coming into the market
2) Some genuine, professional, established, forms are watering down their standards.
Simon Davis wrote:
Thanks for your comment. Agreed, this would be by people who understand business and have a track record of helping businesses succeed
I'm not sure if this a is pointed retort, or if Wanderer's post has genuinely gone over your head.
"Then again, maybe it really is a case of if you cant beat them join them."
Never, if we do not do the job professionally then we are not professionals.
Now this is possibly easy for me to say, I am bowing out (of the profession, not accountancy), but money would not compensate me for feeling somewhat sordid churning out unchecked junk. Accounts I prepare may not be perfect but they are as close to perfect as I can get them to be from the records provided ,and have always been since I first started in August 1985.
I'm entirely with you there - and our continued growth over recent years suggests that this is still achievable. However I do sometime wonder if the 'modern, progressive' (code for slap-dash) firms will instigate a race to the bottom on fees and force genuine professionals out of the market.