About Leinster Society

The 2020/21 Leinster Society committee comprises of twelve elected members representing a mix of Chartered Accountants from industry and practice. Additionally, the monthly meetings are attended by the Leinster Society executive, our secretary, two CASSD representatives and a Young Professional's representative.

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Chartered Accountants Leinster Society has announced the shortlist for its Published Accounts Awards for 2020 which reward companies for excellence in financial reporting in Ireland. The Awards are sponsored by Euronext Dublin.This year’s shortlist includes a total of 31 public and private companies, including not-for-profit organisations. The winners will be announced at a virtual event, taking place on 5 November 2020.FINALISTS FOR THE 43rd PUBLISHED ACCOUNTS AWARDS 2020 Small / Medium Quoted Company Kenmare ResourcesIrish Continental GroupDalata Hotel GroupGlenveagh PropertiesCairn HomesLarge Quoted CompanyCRH Kerry GroupGlanbiaCompany Listed on a Foreign MarketDCCGrafton GroupUDG HealthcareEuronext Growth AwardOrigin EnterprisesTotal ProduceCpl ResourcesUnipharStatutory Unquoted Large Entity (IFRS)IPUTAn PostNI WaterESBEirgridStatutory Unquoted Large Entity (Non-IFRS)Central Bank of IrelandCoillteTusladaaLarge not-for-profitCRCConcernHousing Finance AgencyBarnardosSmall / Medium not-for-profitBarretstownThe WheelThe Care TrustIn addition to the category awards, there are also a number of other awards consisting of;• Overall Winner’s Award from across all categories, • CSR and Sustainability award,• Branding, Communication & Marketing award,• Best Digital Reporting,• Sustained Excellence Award,• Diversity & Inclusion Award.To register or for more information please contact leinstersociety@charteredaccountants.ie or call 01-6377219. 

Oct 05, 2020
Press release

The average salary package (including such elements as base salary, pension scheme, health insurance) for a Chartered Accountant in Leinster remains steady at €109,989, a marginal decrease from €112,582 last year. The survey of more than 1,000 Chartered Accountants, published today by Chartered Accountants Leinster Society in partnership with Barden, Ireland’s leading partner led expert recruitment firm, and in association with Coyne Research provides the most up-to-date guide to Chartered Accountant salaries and employment prospects in the Leinster region.While overall salary packages have remained steady for the majority, the survey, conducted during August, reveals some evidence of pay cuts among employees – just over 1 in 10 claim to have had their salary reduced as a result of COVID-19, over half of whom had their salary reduced by more than 10%. Almost 4 in 5 say they their employers have been “good” or “very good” in adapting to working from home arrangements. At the same time, many employees working from home have felt an increase in workload, with almost 1 in 2 reporting working longer hours than when they were office-based.  Overall, the resilience of the profession comes across among respondents, demonstrating the importance of a strong accountancy function in organisations at a time of such uncertainty. Only 18% of respondents are “quite” or “very” concerned about job security at the moment. The annual survey also highlights the importance of other types of remuneration to members. Over half of respondents (51%) say they had the ability to work from home before COVID-19, while 49% say they could avail of flexible working arrangements (including flexitime and time in lieu). 85% report having a pension scheme and, of those, employers contribute to 91% of them. Just over half receive health insurance as an employment benefit. Key findings include:84% of respondents place value on work / life balance or flexible working arrangements, and would sacrifice between 5% and 10% of their wages for a better work life balance or to have flexible working arrangements.  (86% in 2019.)56% of respondents say they are satisfied or very satisfied with their work / life balance. (62% in 2019.)82% of Chartered Accountants have received a salary increase within the last three years (85% in 2019), with 3 in 10 of members obtaining an increase of over 25%. 51% of respondents have been promoted in the last three years. (51% in 2019.)22% have moved to a new job in the last 12 months, on par with last year.  25% believe the market for Chartered Accountants is buoyant (85% in 2019). 36% believe the market is contracting (5% in 2019).  Commenting on the findings, Áine Crotty, Chairman of Chartered Accountants Leinster Society, said: “The 2020 Leinster Society salary survey shows that pay remains consistent for Chartered Accountants in this unprecedented and challenging time. It is reassuring to see that many members are satisfied in how their employers shifted to remote working and flexible working arrangements, which is key as we head into the future and deal with the realities of COVID-19.“This survey gives employer firms, recruiters and those who may be considering a career in Chartered Accountancy a reliable insight into the profession. Chartered Accountants Ireland offers a range of flexible entry-routes into the profession so that students can work and learn in a way that best meets their individual needs, which is increasingly important in the current environment.”Elaine Brady, Managing Partner, Barden, said: “We are delighted to partner once again with the Chartered Accountants Ireland Leinster Society annual salary survey. For us in Barden it’s absolutely critical for us to be able to provide our clients with cutting edge insights on reward so that they in turn can make informed strategic decisions on talent attraction and retention and managing their teams.“The insights gained from this survey, especially at this challenging and uncertain time for Irish business, will help to drive key decisions especially when it comes to businesses and their teams. It is very positive to see that in the main remuneration remains consistent, however at this stage it is difficult to see the true impact of this pandemic on Irish business. Another positive outcome of the survey is the excellent flexibility amongst employers, who in the main have been quick to adapt and facilitate their teams working remotely, which no doubt will shape the future of how we work.”Bernadette Coyne, Managing Director at Coyne Research, said: “This survey highlights the fact that the average pay has remained similar to last year’s survey, however we see some members having their pay cut since the onset of COVID-19. While most members say their company transitioned well to working from home arrangements, this has to be taken in the context of many having to work more hours at home than they would have in the office.” Where Chartered Accountants WorkThe survey highlights the wide range of industries and sectors that Chartered Accountants work in. Of the 15% of respondents employed in practice, 47% work in a Big 4 practice and 53% in a Non-Big 4 practice. 83% of those working in practice are in a Manager or Director role.The majority of those who do not work in practice are currently working in financial services at 25%. Respondents also work in IT & Telco (14%), Government and Public Sector / Education (9%), Construction and Property (7%), and many other sectors including manufacturing, not-for-profit / charities, food industry and more. Of those not employed in practice, 37% work for companies that are a subsidiary of a foreign-owned multinational compared to a private Irish company (28%) or the business unit of an Irish plc (12%). Most respondents surveyed work in Dublin (82%).  ENDS Notes to editorsThis survey of more than 1,000 Chartered Accountants was conducted by Coyne Research on behalf of Chartered Accountants Leinster Society and Barden between 12 August – 27 August 2020.  Chartered Accountants Leinster Society is a district society of Chartered Accountants Ireland, representing 13,586 Chartered Accountants throughout Leinster.  Barden is a partner led expert recruitment firm consumed with supporting companies that really know the value of their people. Barden’s expertise covers Accounting, Finance, Tax, Legal and Financial Services recruitment. Our people are trained/qualified in their specialist areas, and our approach is consultative not transactional. Barden has proudly partnered with the Chartered Accountants Ireland Leinster Society, for the last 3 years, to bring you the annual salary survey. Over the next 3 years Barden will also be working closely with Chartered Accountants Student Society of Ireland (CASSI) to make sure their members get access to the right information, at the right time so when they qualify they can make the right decisions about their professional future.

Sep 10, 2020

Over the course of 3 weeks in July and August, Leinster Society Chairman Áine Crotty hosted a packed wellness programme designed to tackle the 3 key areas of wellbeing; physical, nutritional and mental health. Physical health with Emma Dowling, Empowered MamaThe programme got off to a flying start with our first special guest Emma Dowling of Empowered Mama.On Wednesday 22 July at 7.30am Emma started us off with a workout session geared towards pre and post-natal mothers, with excellent tips and useful information for those who want to start a new fitness routine, or tailor their current fitness regime to suit. To watch back Emma’s session, click hereOn Thursday 23 July at 7.30am Emma turned the intensity up a notch with a more universal workout catered to all our members at any fitness level! To watch back Emma’s session, click hereNutritional health with the Happy Pear The programme continued Thursday 30 July with Steve and Dave, the energetic Happy Pear Twins.The cook along kicked off with a delicious, healthy and quick chickpea curry, with chat and loads of interaction throughout, including 5 tips for a happy healthy life. The twins finished off with a 5-minute chocolate mousse which will impress any party guest!Throughout the cook along we encouraged our attendees to take pictures of their culinary masterpieces for a chance to win a signed copy of the twins’ new book. Congratulations to Kevin Prendergast and Fiona Shine who impressed us with their creations! To watch back The Happy Pear’s session click hereMental Health and resilience with Nigel Owens, MBEThe finale of our Summer Wellness Programme took place Thursday 06 August and featured the one and only Nigel Owens MBE.Nigel gave an incredibly honest and open insight into his life growing up in rural Wales, his struggles with his sexuality and the massive obstacles he had to overcome mentally to find the happiness and success he has achieved today.Nigel spoke about acceptance and how accepting oneself can positively impact on your happiness and in turn your job performance. Nigel also gave some very useful tips for overcoming difficult situations and building resilience. Several questions from participants saw Nigel discuss everything from his funniest memories on the pitch, to his challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic and his plans for the future. Congratulations to our two winners of our “Guess the Speaker” competition Mary and Tom, who received a signed copy of Nigel’s book.  A massive thank you to all who tuned in to the Leinster Society Summer Wellness Programme over the 3 weeks and provided invaluable feedback which will allow us to build upon these worthwhile events in the future.  Finally, many thanks again to our sponsor Glennons for making it all possible.

Aug 24, 2020