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"We have always found both Lisa and Darran efficient and effective in their search for solutions. Their ability to think "outside the box" has connected us with candidates we might have otherwise missed out on. We have been happy to recommend Fletcher George to our clients for their recruitment needs."

Senior Partner
independent Surrey firm

"Thanks again Lisa for all you and Darran have done you two are amazing"

ACCA Part Qualified
a Top 50 firm of Accountants

"Lisa at Fletcher George has become over the last few years our first port of call regarding finding professional staff. The last three times we have taken on a new person we have had to look no further and have ended up with just what we are looking for."

Partner
A Top 100 firm

"Fletcher George have found us three senior staff in recent years, all of whom are still with us. As a small firm it's particularly important that we employ the right staff and Fletcher George have never let us down"

Partner
Well established independent firm

"We have worked with a number of agencies, but what sets FG apart from the rest is that their service is, like the best run professional service firms, based on relationships and understanding what the clients need. Lisa in particular understands the culture of our firm and whether a candidate will "fit" within our organisation."

Managing Partner
Leading Surrey firm

In May, the government announced the formation of an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Council – an independent expert committee made up of leaders from business and academia – to help boost the growth of AI in the UK.  It is likely that AI will transform many areas of life and business in ways that we cannot yet imagine, so what does this mean for the accountancy profession?  Are the robots coming to take over?

Put simply, AI is about the creation of intelligent machines that use machine learning to mimic human intelligence.  The use of AI is already integral in our everyday lives.  Siri, Alexa, Amazon and Netflix are all well-known names using machine learning, predictive technology and speech recognition.  AI offers the potential for significant efficiency gain across almost every sector, automating and freeing us from the more mundane tasks.

Within accounting practices, AI is quietly picking up an increasing number of back-office processing tasks across audit, payroll, tax, and banking.  The sector is also starting to see AI appear at the front end of client encounters with virtual assistants (‘chatbots’) being built into accounting packages, for example.

Where does that leave human input?  The experts say that AI will free professionals to spend more time on more complicated processes and those that add the most value – those areas that require the uniquely human skills of intuitive decision-making based on expert knowledge.

 

While it is impossible to predict the extent to which computers will eventually replace job roles over the next 20 to 30 years, what is clear is the need for accounting professionals to have both the skills to understand and work with the technology, as well as the ability to adapt and be flexible – to take advantage of the new roles that are likely to be created and to further develop their ‘soft skills’ of critical thinking, empathy, intuition and creativity.

 

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