Exciting Opportunity! Job Vacancy for an Accounts Assistant…

An opportunity not to be missed!

Due to continued growth, The Shepherd Partnership Ltd have an exciting opportunity for a PRACTICE ACCOUNTS ASSISTANT to join our friendly team.

We are looking for a committed, hard-working team member to support our senior staff and Directors… and make a real difference to our business!

Responsibilities

We envisage that key responsibilities will include, but not necessarily be limited to;

  • Preparation of annual accounts for limited companies, partnerships, sole traders and other entities
  • Maintenance client records/ book-keeping
  • Preparation of VAT returns and management accounts
  • Preparation of tax returns
  • Payroll

Qualifications & Experience

  • Candidates must have GCSE grade C or above in Maths and English.
  • A formal accountancy qualification is desirable but not essential.
  • The ideal applicant will have a minimum of 3 years’ experience gained within an accounting practice, ideally including knowledge of cloud based accounting packages and payroll processes (including auto-enrolment).

Work Pattern

This position is full-time (some flexibility in working hours may be possible for the right person). The successful candidate will primarily work from our Skipton premises.

To Apply

If you feel you are the ideal person to join our supportive and experienced team, please send a covering email and your CV to skipton@shepherdpartnership.com.

Salary

Competitive – negotiable depending on experience.

Business Groups React to Taylor Review of Employment

Business groups have reacted to the recommendations of the Taylor Review into modern-day employment practices, which sets out the key principles for providing ‘fair and decent work for all’.

The review suggests that a national strategy is needed to help provide security in such areas as wages, quality of employment, education and training, working conditions, work-life balance and the ability to progress at work.

Recommendations for the government include implementing strategies to ensure that workers don’t get ‘stuck at the living wage minimum’, initiating a review focusing on providing employees with ‘good work’, and avoiding an increase in the non-wage costs involved in employing an individual, such as the Apprenticeship Levy.

The review also highlights the so-called ‘gig’ economy, recommending the creation of new ‘right to request’ guaranteed hours, and the introduction of the term ‘dependent contractor’ to replace the term ‘worker’, with the aim of capturing those who are currently classed as self-employed, but who work for firms which have a ‘controlling and supervisory’ relationship with their workers.

Business groups have given mixed reactions to the report’s findings, with many welcoming the focus on labour market flexibility, but also warning that some areas, including the plans to rewrite employment status tests, are a cause for concern.

Commenting on the report, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: ‘The world of work is changing, and it is only right that employment law and practice change with it. Matthew Taylor has rightly recognised that the UK’s flexible labour market is a great source of strength and competitive advantage, but has also recommended some common-sense changes where grey areas have emerged in recent years.’

However, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) warned that the review ‘is not the game-changer needed to end insecurity and exploitation at work’.

DIGITAL ENTERPRISE GRANTS… AVAILABLE SOON

ARTICLE SHARED FROM CRAVEN DISTRICT BUSINESS NEWS

The highly successful Digital Enterprise scheme is to open again in September 2017 with grants of up to £5,000 available for Craven businesses to invest in computer hardware, software, telephony and connectivity.

The first phase of the programme received unprecedented demand with almost 480 applications from across the Leeds City Region submitted during seven weeks.  The next phase of the voucher scheme from September 2017 will target those projects that demonstrate significant digital  transformation for a business as well as economic impacts such as job creation or increased turnover.

To support the voucher scheme a series of workshops and conferences will be launched in July 2017 for businesses to improve their understanding of digital topics including designing your ideal enterprise, customer service in a digital age, content and video marketing and designing your 2017-2018 social and digital marketing strategy.

For more information on the Digital Enterprise Programme and to sign up to notifications for when the programme opens again visitwww.digitalenterprise.co.uk

Recommended App – Zoom

ZoomLogoBlue_copyFollowing last month’s article (the first in our series of monthly app recommendations), our featured app for July is:

ZOOM

What is it?

Zoom is a video conferencing solution which can be used on your desktop, tablet or mobile. It can be used for 1 to 1 video meetings, conference calls or to host webinars.

How much does it cost?

The pricing structure is staggered for different requirements but the basic version is free.

Features

The free version enables 1 host (the person holding the meeting/the account holder) to have group video meetings with up to 100 participants, for up to 40 minutes. The host can arrange as many 1 to 1 meetings as they like (without a time limit)… The 40 minute limit only applies to group meetings of 3+.

Meeting attendees (i.e. people that the host has invited to join), don’t need a Zoom account to participate – they just need a meeting code or link to join.

If required, the meeting host can share their desktop/screen with attendees.

Why we recommend it

  • It’s quick and simple to install and use on any device. We’ve generally used it on the I Pad app – which is very intuitive and easy to navigate.
  • It has some very clever features. For example, in group meetings, the picture automatically switches to the person that is speaking (i.e. you don’t have lots of small faces on the screen at once – just the face of the person that is talking).
  • If the video link fails, or connectivity is poor for an attendee, they can dial into the meeting by telephone using a VOIP number that is generated for the meeting.
  • Scheduling meetings and inviting attendees is really easy and looks smart and professional.
  • The free version is great but the ‘small business’ version (£11.99 per month per host) also provides an affordable solution with great additional features.