I now cover accounting and consulting for The Australian Financial Review.

The goal of the page, out every Wednesday, is to cover the major professional services firms, the disruptors in the industry and the independents.
Topics will include how the firms operate, what it is like to work at the firms, the key players in the industry, the services the firms sell, what clients think and how clients use these firms.

An addition to that brief is the way companies report their financial performance to the markets using statutory and non-statutory measures.
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AFR interactive artist Les Hewitt, my frequent partner-in-crime, and I have done some work with our award-winning investigative journalist Neil Chenoweth on a series of stories about profit shifting by multinational corporations.

The interactives in the stories are designed to complement Neil’s forensic examination of each firm’s accounts. A lot of time it involves taking a very complex set of accounting structures and telling the story as visually as possible to get the essence of what is going one without going into the detail.

Tax stories

I’ve written a series of stories looking at the job market for accounting students and graduates, the inclusion of the field on a list of in-demand occupations and the state of the jobs market.

It is an area where there is big money at stake (international students are a critical cash cow for universities) and conflicting views about the jobs market for accountants from the major accounting bodies (CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants ANZ), government agencies (the federal Department of Employment), accounting firms, universities and academics.

28 Oct 2014: Accounting bodies do about-face on jobs for foreign students

The major accounting bodies have, for the first time, publicly acknowledged the difficulties international ­accounting graduates have in finding professional work in Australia.

In an about-face, CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants ANZ now say the difficulties of overseas graduates have finding jobs are “well ­understood”, and they have “a number of programs in place at the local, state and federal level, and through ­universities around Australia aimed at supporting international ­students”.

The acknowledgement comes after the accounting bodies told the federal government last year of a shortage of accountants as part of a successful review to keep the occupation on the Skilled ­Occupation List (SOL), which is a list of ­in-demand occupations.

Ads for accounting jobs remain well below their pre-GFC peak / AFR / Edmund Tadros

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