Archive for March, 2008

UK payroll profession braces itself for a revolution

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

Often, training is not on the top of the things to think about.

On top of concerns about managing a the workload, most courses aren’t cheap. And, when the pressure increases at in our daily jobs, it can be almost impossible to find a healthy work versus life versus study balance. But, a new scheme from the Institute of Payroll Professionals is changing that equation.

It’s called, ‘Don’t Pass Don’t Pay’, and is being described as the risk free way to gain a payroll qualification. In short, it provides its students with something of a safety net.

On their website, the Institute of Payroll Professions say:

The principle is simple, if you dont pass the course, then you don’t pay for it but the effect it can have in the payroll revolution is enormous! How much easier will it be for you to get your employer’s sponsorship for your payroll qualification if they have the guarantee that you pass or they get their money back?

And with employer’s willing to sponsor you for your qualification, they are more likely to notice the payroll function and its benefit to the organisation. Career development: qualifications enhance your career prospects - you’ll gain respect for both you and your profession.

Not sure it’s a payroll revolution, but it certainly sounds like a win-win idea to us!

America’s Next Top Accountant generates record TV viewing figures

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

A website has revealed that top singers, actors, dancers and rock stars have all been queuing up in the hope of getting a steady job in accountancy in the latest talent show to top the ratings in the United States. The question in all our minds, is will they be able to figure out their debits and credits? And, what about Double Entry? Almost brings tears to my eyes.

Well, this is what the pilot episode revealed …

‘I always had this secret dream that I might one day work in some area of financial management’ said an excited Beyonce, ‘but this TV show means that at last there is the chance that my dreams might come true…’ she said as she practised her audition piece with her calculator and spreadsheet.

‘Ever since I was a kid I used to practise accountancy in my bedroom…’ confessed Amy Winehouse. ‘I’ve sent a few tables of some projected expenses into all the big firms, but even though they kept rejecting me, I always believed I had the financial acumen and auditing skills to make my dreams come true.’

‘You call that deductible!’ shouted one of the professionals to a tearful Madonna as he tore up her illegible receipts from some holiday gift shop. ‘Forget it sweetheart. You’ll never make an accountant; you’ll just be an iconic rock superstar for the rest of your life.

Alas, this nothing more than another amusing, tongue-in-cheek article from the infamous spoof news site, News Biscuit. But, given the never ending proliferation of TV reality shows, maybe, just maybe, I might yet make onto the UK’s next top Accountant ;)

I can only hope!