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Accountancy membership on the up

12 July 2017

Membership of the accountancy bodies continues to grow.

The seven bodies in the latest FRC report ‘Key Facts & Trends in the Accountancy Profession’ report have over 350,000 members in the UK and Republic of Ireland and over 515,000 members worldwide.

In all 25,242 students became members during 2016, and just under 15,000 of these became ACCA members. The next highest total was CIMA with 4,958 new members.

The FRC also revealed that the total percentage of female members has increased from 33% in 2012 to 35% in 2016.

ACCA has the largest proportion of female members (46%). The ICAEW has the lowest percentage at just 28%.

There are also now 164,000 students in the UK and Republic of Ireland who are studying to become qualified accountant. The seven have a total of 576,000 students worldwide. That translate to a 0.7% increase of in the UK and RoI and a 2.9% increase worldwide. What these figures don’t show is the decrease in student numbers at the AIA, CIMA and CAI.

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