economia team 21 Dec 2017 03:18pm

Top 10 most-read news stories in 2017

This year stories about Big Four competition, an Oscars blunder, high-profile sackings, the best places to work, and dating, grabbed your attention
Caption: PwC were blamed for the now infamous Oscars blunder

1. Deloitte overtakes PwC as world's largest firm

Deloitte has wrestled back its crown as the biggest firm in the world by fee income following a strong year

2. PwC has most powerful brand of Big Four

PwC still has one of the top ten most powerful global brands, but its strength is in decline

3. PwC to blame for one of biggest Oscars blunders in history

PwC has issued an apology after handing the wrong envelope to the presenters of the Best Picture award at the 89th Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, leading to one of the most dramatic Oscars mix-ups in history

4. Ukraine bans PwC from audit work

The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has banned PwC from audit work over an accounting black hole worth billions

5. PwC accountants will not work with the Academy again

The two PwC accountants responsible for a dramatic mix-up will never work at the Oscars again, as the Academy reviews its 83-year relationship with the Big Four firm

6. KPMG US sacks five partners over insider leak

The Big Four firm has fired five partners, including its head of audit Scott Marcello, for receiving improper warnings of regulator inspections

7. Three of the Big Four are best companies to work for

PwC has just made it into a list of the best companies in the UK to work for, at number 50, and is the only accountancy firm to do so

8. Which are the best accountancy firms to work for?

Five accountancy firms have made it into the Sunday Times’ 2017 lists of the best companies to work for in the UK – and they don’t include all of the Big Four

9. Accountants among most dateable professionals

Accountants have been named as the fourth most desirable professionals in the UK, behind only doctors, emergency service workers and artists

10. PwC buys analytics consultancy

The Big Four firm has acquired research and analytics consultants Optimisa Research to create PwC Research