Future of the profession survey launched

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Robert Lovell
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FreeAgent has launched a new survey looking into the future of the accounting profession.

The software company wants to find out what it's like working as an accountant, as well as how key issues such as automation, PSD2 and MTD are going to affect them on a day-to-day basis.

The survey has already gone out to FreeAgent partners, which includes more than 1,000 practices, but the Edinburgh-based company wants to broaden the range.

Kevin McCallum, business development director at FreeAgent, said: “We’re aiming to uncover a range of opinions and perspectives from people actually working at the coalface of the accountancy profession. We want to go as broad as possible with input from across the wider industry.”

The closing date for participating in the profession-wide survey is the end of April and FreeAgent will be releasing the findings next month.

McCallum and chief executive Ed Molyneux will be talking at Accountex on 10-11 May and revealing some of the survey findings.

Take part in the survey now to have your say and be in with a chance of winning £250 in Amazon vouchers.


What do you think are the key issues that will affect the profession in the coming years? What will your job look like in the future?


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13th Apr 2017 15:11

Personally, I think the future for the profession lies in us all becoming "fixers" for everything that HMRC cocks up. It already takes up a good chunk of time, and MTD is unlikely to reduce HMRC error.

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21st Apr 2017 12:48

Yep, the time has come for the profession to officially split.

We will continue to have accountants servicing those clients who can manage to complete their book keeping correctly etc, and then we will have the rest as Members of the United Grunts Society whose role in life is to act as a digital scaffy.

(For those of you of a Southern persuasion, this link will help with the translation


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25th Apr 2017 08:36

Well the amount of posts to this article says it all doesn't it Robert?

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