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Are contractor accountants a healthy bunch?

Are contractor accountants a healthy bunch?

Contractor accountants may be interested to hear that the world of finance is a healthy world, at least in the eyes of Bupa.

Bupa recently conducted research that discovered that finance workers are less likely to contract serious health problems than those who work in manufacturing, technology, transport and utilities.

Nearly three-quarters of the workers in the utilities sector were found to be overweight compared to 55% of those working in finance. Only 5.1% of finance professionals are likely to develop high cholesterol levels, compared to 10.1% of transport, storage and distribution workers.

Bupa Health and Wellbeing’s assistant medical director, Dr Peter Mace, said these results prove that working long hours doesn’t automatically lead to an unhealthy lifestyle. He also went on to explain that people can improve their lifestyle and one way of doing this is to understand their health profile and use it as motivation to make positive changes.

Meanwhile, the ICAEW has launched a guide entitled ‘International Trade: An Accountants Guide’ to support the coalition’s exporting for growth campaign.

Lord Green, the trade and investment minister, said that members of the ICAEW are bound to have SMEs in their portfolios and they will understand the way they work. The government wants to see the UK’s export levels increasing to match the EU average of 25%, and as well as providing SMEs with advice, accountants may be able to introduce them to new overseas contacts.

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