survey: webroot tops virus fighters

microsoft, norton close behind.

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regardless of how many new software tools come onto the market, one constant remains: an anti-virus has to be part of your firm’s mix.

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we hope those who reported “none, n/a or unsure” just didn’t know what they were using, as that figure stretched from 4.8 percent for solos to an alarming 21.4 percent for extra-large firms of 101-plus.

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cpa staff wages hit new high and keep climbing

tax prep hiring surges.

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earnings for staff in cpa firms: up 5.8 percent for the year

 

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earnings remain a bright spot in the accounting profession. we track other figures as well, of course, but when recruiting and staffing, this is the number your candidates are eyeing.

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the minimum hike year over year is 4.4 percent. according to the latest data available, these are average hourly earnings:

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except at payroll agencies, where wage gains are dipping.

cpa firm wages: up 9.8% from a year ago.

by beth bellor

let’s talk about earnings, because the latest national data shows some good news on that front. hourly earnings in the accounting profession have nudged above $39 for the first time, to $39.09, up 81 cents or 2.1% for the month and $2.48 or 6.8% for the year.

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another new high came at cpa firms, where they topped $41 for the first time at $41.61, up $1.23 or 3% for the month and $3.70 or 9.8% for the year. staff at cpa firms followed the trend with $31.84, up 53 cents or 1.7% for the month and $2.02 or 6.8% for the year.

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cloud backup declining

appliances are considerably behind. but who’s still using tape?

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backing up to the cloud is in a curious position. it’s the most popular primary system for accounting firms, but it’s on a decline, whether it’s handled by the firm or a vendor.

bar chartcloud backup was chosen by 37.3 percent of respondents to the accounting firm operations and technology survey, down from 42.3 percent.

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backup appliances were chosen by 21.3 percent as shown in the chart below.

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tax & accounting firms beef up wages and headcounts

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by beth bellor

tough to find employees to fill accounting posts? someone is managing. overall employment in the accounting profession rose to 1,101,900 in may, up 15,600 or 1.4 percent for the month and 52,000 or 5 percent for the year.

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every sector of the industry is pushing ahead with salary increases or new hiring, or both.

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survey: only 19% of firms host email

the percentage keeps shrinking.

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email is a core tool but that doesn’t mean firms want to be in charge of it. only 18.8% of accounting firms choose to operate their own mail servers internally. the option is most popular among extra-large firms (101+ employees) and medium firms (11-50), at 46.7% and 42% respectively.

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52% of firms look outside for it support

“i’ll just handle it myself” is the answer for 28 percent.

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more than half of accounting firms look outside their walls to solve information technology issues, but that doesn’t mean they all do it the same way.

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an external consultant is an answer 30.9 percent of the time, for projects or as needed, with a managed service provider taking on the rest. of respondents who handle things on their own, 80 percent are solo practitioners, while full-time it staff or an it department are 60 percent likely at extra-large firms. read more →

tech vexes 58% of solos

checklist: the five best ideas for winning the tech wars.

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solo practitioners enjoy certain privileges. they can set their own hours, pick their clients, work at their own pace, dress in office grunge, nap at will and take their dogs to work.

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but when it comes to tech, solos can be challenged. they may know accountancy and their clientele better than anybody in town, but when it comes to tech, they don’t know

  • what’s out there,
  • what’s coming down the techno-pike,
  • how to use new apps and
  • whether the latest stuff is worth paying for.

and they tend to run their hardware into the ground, investing in new tools only when they have to.
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next up? scheduling and paper.

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covid-19 and its variants forced a number of challenges upon the accounting profession. accountants are telling us that tops on that list were communication and workflow, at 49.4 and 49.1 percent respectively. even solos felt the burn, at 40.6%, so it wasn’t all internal communication to blame, although large firms of 51-100 felt it most sharply, at 60%.

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top corona problems: communication, workflow, and digitizing paper top the list.

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some responses that didn’t hit the top six still were notable. postal mail was called out by 21.9 percent, including 40 percent of solos and 33.3 percent of large firms. solos also reported phone calls and lost income at 24.6 percent. despite most groups saying lost income was a challenge, relatively few put that figure anywhere near the one for paying bills, except extra-large firms noting 11.8 percent difficulty with lost income and 5.9 percent with paying bills.

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pandemic changed work for 64%

extra-large firms had the easiest going.

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covid-19 threw some in accounting – 3 percent – into turmoil, while 61.4 percent reported that some change was in order.

 

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economy, pandemic among the causes.

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the tech spend: some 32% of firms are planning increases in technology budgets, according to this year’s survey. and 63% are continuing to spend as much as during the height of the pandemic. source: 2022世界杯32强对阵图

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after two years of caution and hesitant changes, accounting firms are getting ready to make up for lost time, according to findings from the new 2022世界杯32强对阵图

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the comprehensive national study of firms of every size says accountants are looking to change practice management, tax, audit, portals, workflow and document management systems. many had been reluctant to change their technologies during the covid-19 lockdown periods.
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pandemic? what pandemic?

how some firms are flourishing in the new normal.

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one of the benefits of an annual report such as the accounting firm operations and technology survey is the opportunity to see not only the current sentiments but those from years before. sometimes, though, new issues arise and are momentous to warrant inclusion via a new question … as when covid-19 crashed onto the scene.

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of those working at home for the first time, by far the largest group fell into large firms of 51 to 100 employees, where 93.3 percent were new to remote work. medium and extra-large flanked them in those results, at 51.9 percent and 47.1 percent respectively. see table: read more →

m&a looms large for 30% of firms

most solos are happy as they are.

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mergers and acquisitions for growth are on the minds of 30% of accounting firms, whether within the next year or further out. however, 56% have no such inclination and say a flat “no” to the prospect.

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for some firms, of course, these activities are options to be acquired. medium firms (11-50) top that interest at 9.6%, while 5.1% of small firms and 3.1% of solos are investigating their options, in the table below.

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today’s top 3 tech problems: security, client onboarding and workflow

process automation and tech strategy make the list.

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security and risk management top the list of technology issues challenging accountants, but they’ve dropped over the past year. meanwhile, there’s growing concern over business process consistency and cost reduction.

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firm size plays a role. the largest firms register uniform business processes and integration challenges as their roughest points, while those rank at the low end for solos, who fret more over security and risk management.

both ends call out application updates more than those in the middle, and training worries mid-size firms more than anyone else.

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