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UK government consulting spending faces major cuts as both main political parties have pledged to halve external advisory costs, potentially saving £3 billion over five years. This move follows record-high spending since the last election, driven by pandemic response, digital projects, and civ

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Hywel Ball, EY's UK chair and UK&I managing partner, has announced his resignation, triggering a leadership race for one of the most coveted roles in professional services. The 61-year-old veteran, who has dedicated his entire career to the Big Four firm since 1983, was a staunch advocate for Pr

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PwC has initiated a "silent lay-off" round in the UK, offering voluntary severance to staff in consulting, risk, operational, and managed service divisions in London and Belfast. Affected employees have been individually notified and instructed not to disclose their departure to colleagues or the na

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Several accountancy and financial services firms, including Big Four firms Deloitte and KPMG, have rescinded job offers to international students following the UK government's decision to raise the minimum salary thresholds for skilled worker visas. They are not the first and will not be the last, a

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The Financial Reporting Council (FRC), has imposed hefty fines on accounting giants PwC and EY, along with a smaller firm, Oliver Clive & Co, for audit failures related to London Capital & Finance (LCF), a collapsed investment group. PwC and EY were fined £4.9 million and £4.4m r

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Deloitte has initiated a major reorganisation of its global operations, the largest in over a decade, as the Big Four firm aims to reduce costs and complexity amid an anticipated market slowdown. The restructuring will consolidate Deloitte's main business units from five to four, comprising audit an

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PwC UK has made the decision to delay the promotion of 90 junior consultants, keeping them on the graduate programme for a further six months, citing insufficient work amidst a challenging market environment. The decision specifically affects graduates who joined PwC's consulting practice in late 20

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Big Four accounting firm EY incurred over $700 million (around £555m) in additional debt on its global operating business due to the failed Project Everest, according to recently filed accounts at Companies House.

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Deloitte is set to cut approximately 100 jobs in response to the sluggish corporate dealmaking environment. The decision stems from a comprehensive review, leading to considerations for restructuring its advisory corporate finance business. The restructuring will concentrate on larger, sector-focuse

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