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Aug 2022

ABS Census data: what it means for Australian accounting firm owners

By: Odyssey Uncategorised
Tags: Australian Accountant, australian tax return outsourcing vietnam, compliance, digitization, migration, Post-COVID

The annual Australian Bureau of Statistics 2021 census data was recently released, and there are some nuggets of information for Australian accounting firm owners. Some of the stranger numbers must be attributed to Covid, and the particular states approach to lockdowns. Many city dwellers have moved to regional locations away from the cities, especially those that had tough long lockdowns. …

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Jul 2022

Upsurge in accounting salaries, skills needed in data visualization and SME insight analysis

By: Odyssey Uncategorised
Tags: Australian Accountant, compliance, Cyber Security, Data security, inflation, Upskilling

As the AFR recently noted, we’re still seeing the war for Australian accounting talent is becoming increasingly fierce. At the smaller end of the town, in the suburbs and the regional areas, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to compete with the larger salaries being offered by the bigger firms. One recent article mentioned “raids” of smaller firms by bigger companies, often …

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Jul 2022

Job vacancies at all-time high

By: Odyssey Uncategorised
Tags: Australian Accountant, job advertisements, labour shortage, offshore, Outsourcing, Post-COVID, visas

It’s a difficult time to be looking for more accounting resources. We’re seeing increased pressures on accounting wages domestically due to the three prong factors of limited skilled short term and long term immigration exacerbated by budget cuts in the home affairs department (responsible for processing skilled visas), reduction of international students in the Australian universities,  and high job vacancy …

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Jul 2022

How the fluctuating Australian accounting dollar impacts overseas labour hire companies

By: Odyssey General
Tags: Australian Accountant, Exchange Rate, Exchange Risk, Offshoring, Suppliers

It’s no secret that many Australian SME firms have been seeking labour hire overseas, with the risk as these services are usually quoted and paid in the foreign country source currency. With an Australian accounting dollar noted as a fluctuating currency, and the recent economic turmoil, especially in times of high inflation, it’s sure the foreign country source currency can …

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Jul 2022

Inflation and wage rises to affect Australian accounting firm owners

By: Odyssey Outsourcing
Tags: Australian Accountant, Indirect Costs, inflation, Outsourcing, wage growth

Over the next 12 months we can expect increased pressures on pricing for domestic Australian accounting employees. At the moment, the Australian Bureau of statistics has the November 2021 Full-time adult average weekly total earnings at just under $2,000, with specific higher demand industries being above average. The Australian accounting news sources are already reporting large salaries being offered to …

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Jun 2022

Focus on the client and leave the Australian compliance tax work to Odyssey outsourcing

By: Odyssey Outsourcing
Tags: Accounting Regulations, Australian Accountant, Australian tax compliance, compliance, Outsourcing

Are you too busy? We recently received a comment from a client that pretty much summed up everything good about outsourcing your compliance work. Odyssey believes that Australian SME businesses are best served when Australian accounting firms are providing additional work outside the compliance space. And with a never ending raft of new tax laws, guidance notes, practice notes and …

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Jun 2022

The worker shortage continues

The worker shortage continues

By: Odyssey General
Tags: Australian accountants, deglobalisation, labour shortage, Outsourcing, Post-COVID, skills shortages, worker

Australian accounting, finance and legal professional services staff are being offered pay rises of up to $40,000 (on a $90,000 salary) to stay in their current jobs, and up to $100,000 sign-on bonuses. Costs of hiring have more than doubled and employers are forced to wait an average six weeks to hire new employees, potentially delaying growth plans for some …

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Jun 2022

Why Australian accounting firm owners need to get out of the office (permanently)

By: Odyssey General, Outsourcing
Tags: Australian Accountant, australian accounting, compliance, Offshoring, outofoffice, Outsourcing, Post-COVID, Remote working

The successful practice does not need the Australian accounting firm owner to be present in the office, and should not need the owner to be contributing to the bottom line. Allow me to explain by way of the evolution of the accounting firm. In the first quadrant, an accountant gains experience through working for another accounting firm as an employee. …

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Jun 2022

Best Practices in banking security

Australian Accountants, Time To Re-Look At Your Banking Security

By: Odyssey General, Outsourcing
Tags: Australian Accountant, australian accounting, Australian Accounting firm owners, Bank security, Outsourced Accounting, Outsourcing

In the last 3-5 years, there has been increased losses through lax security around bank accounts. Instances include loss of email accounts of senior executives and these accounts are used to email the junior payable accountants requesting payments to fraudsters bank accounts, all the way to loss of control of bank accounts through loss of control of mobile phone banking. …

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Jun 2022

Best practice in phone security for Australian accountants

Australian Accountants, Time To Re-Look At Your Mobile Phone Security

By: Odyssey General, Outsourcing
Tags: Australian Accountant, australian accounting firm, Mobile Phone Security, Outsourced Accounting, Outsourcing, Phone Security

In the last few years, there has been increased activity by nefarious actors in the identity theft and bank hacking. Many bank hacks occur with the loss of control over the mobile phone number, frequently through SIM jacking. There are plenty of sites online that can give information on how best to protect your mobile number from being hijacked. Losing …