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BLT SURVEY SNIPPET

Did you know that whilst the number of women in indirect tax is still below where it should be there have been considerable efforts to redress the balance in recent years.  In the last two years 43% of appointments made by the Big 4 have been women.   Return to work initiatives and a fresh approach to flexible working have certainly helped.

There’s a lot to digest in BLT’s Indirect Tax Market Report 2018, so over the coming weeks we’ll highlight a few of the items that you might not have spotted amongst the mass of data! If you haven’t yet received your copy of the Report do drop Emma a note on ejw@blt.co.uk

 

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The revolution will not be televised….but it will be automated! by Tariq Siraj

 

So apparently the robots are coming!

You know that rhetoric about immigrants coming in and stealing our jobs? Well in this case it might actually be true. But rather than humans being replaced by slightly cheaper humans from a different country, we’re talking about replacement by machines, robots and artificial intelligence.

According to McKinsey, “the coming workforce disruptions could match the scale of the epic historical shifts out of agriculture and manufacturing—and could possibly occur at a faster pace.”

It’s the automation revolution! Read More

BLT SURVEY SNIPPET

Did you know that 40% of the UK Indirect Tax population don’t hold any kind of professional qualification? Music to the ears no doubt of all those who have been struggling with the CTA this last year.

There’s a lot to digest in BLT’s Indirect Tax Market Report 2018, so over the coming weeks we’ll highlight a few of the items that you might not have spotted amongst the mass of data! If you haven’t yet received received your copy of the Report do drop me a note to gnb@blt.co.uk

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If you can’t do the little things right, you’ll never be able to do the big things right…by Tariq Siraj

Many of us use the turn of the year as a symbolic point to make resolutions, start afresh and take a new approach. Usually things we know we should have been doing anyway but, hey, you need to start somewhere.

I didn’t really make any specific resolutions this year, but I have been thinking on a broader level about improvements, about how to make things just that little bit better. How do I make processes run a little smoother at work? What new approaches can make the team perform on a higher level?, how can my wife and I find that extra time (and energy) for each other when we both work and have a toddler and a crawler at home? Read More

BLT: In-house Indirect Tax Recruitment

It’s been a particularly great six months for in-house Indirect Tax recruitment round here at BLT; we’ve successfully filled all but one of the permanent in-house Indirect Tax opportunities that we have been engaged on since March 2017!  A fair few more currently in train….but we’re delighted with how things have gone so far this year.

We’re not exactly known for blowing our own trumpet, but in an age where the temptation is for some companies is to shove an advert up on Linked In and see what happens, we’d suggest that this isn’t the most productive way of recruiting into such a niche area like Indirect Tax – you’ll save yourself time, money and an awful lot of aggravation by coming straight to the specialists. More often than not, you’ll likely get either no responses, a few of mostly dubious quality or applications from broader based tax/accounting specialists who haven’t got the deep specialist experience required! We’re regularly called upon to ‘rescue’ a recruitment assignment when direct sourcing or other larger, less specialised tax recruiters have failed. So why is this? Read More

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