Demand surges for City accountants

SURGING demand for accountants has driven growth in member and student numbers for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), which now has a global membership of 140,000.

The 6.5 per cent annual growth in ACCA members came as student numbers increased from 366,000 to 404,000 – a rise of 10.4 per cent.

ACCA chief executive Helen Brand said: “This healthy growth comes during an economically challenging time, but it shows that the finance profession is an attractive global career. Accountants’ skills are more important than ever, to restore confidence in the global economy, to help businesses large and small to identify and manage costs and deliver sustainable growth.”

Last year ACCA opened new offices in Brussels, Bangladesh, Chengdu and Macau.

The association contributed to public debate on world issues such as the agenda of the G20 nations, in particular their call for the adoption of international accounting standards, climate change and regulation.