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Salary surveys

Surveys and reports on remuneration and pay across firms can help you benchmark salaries and benefits in the financial sector for accounting professionals, directors and executives. On this page you can access a range of articles, books and online resources providing quick links to surveys, rankings and reports.

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ICAEW Salary Survey 2014

The annual comprehensive survey from ICAEW/Stott and May benchmarks the salary and bonus levels of ACAs working in business. View average salaries and bonuses across industry sectors and regions.

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Useful links

Accountancy Age special reports
Accountancy Age published bi-annual online salary and benefits survey for the accountancy profession for a number of years. Archived editions of the survey are available for 2003, 2005, Spring 2006 and Autumn 2006.

CIMA salary survey 2013
CIMA publishes global and country-specific salary surveys for qualified and part-qualified with data on salaries and bonuses paid. Previous editions include:

CFG People & Pay Survey 2013
The Charity Finance Directors' Group produces an annual salary survey. Previous editions include:

Economic Research Institute
Commercial providers of salary data through remuneration software and reports which cover the UK and some European countries. Product descriptions and free sample reports are available on the website.

Financial Director special reports and research
Financial Director magazine conducts an annual survey of financial directors' pay, bonuses and benefits, as well as correlating results to demographic data such as age and gender. The latest survey summaries include:

Hay Accountancy and Finance Salary Guide
Survey for accountancy salaries within different sectors and roles.

Hudson Salary Surveys
Annual survey by the global recruitment firm including salary and benefit data for a variety of job categories and industries. The firm provides separate surveys for the UK and a selection of other countries including Australia, Hong Kong, China and Singapore.

IDS Executive Compensation Review
This monthly journal held by the Library includes an annual survey on the job market for accountancy professionals including salaries for selected accountancy professionals by sector and typical salaries for a selection of accountancy roles in banking and investment and insurance. The journal also includes an annual table 'salaries for accountancy and finance professionals in professional services', with salaries given for a range of roles in various sectors including audit and assurance, corporate finance, transaction services, business performance and improvement, taxation and forensics.

IDS Pay Benchmark
Subscription-based online salary service incorporating jobs and pay rates in named organisations, pay climate briefings, and an earnings checker. The site also contains information on orders for the print copy of their directory.

IMA 2013 International Salary Survey
Global survey covering Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas conducted by the US-based Institute of Management Accountants, published in February 2014.

KPMG's Guides to Executive Remuneration
KPMG publish an annual survey which includes data on salary, bonuses, share plans and long-term incentives.

Michael Page financial sector employee outlook
The professional services recruitment agency conducts an annual finance salary survey by UK region.

New Bridge Street
Executive remuneration consultancy firm offering annual reports on directors' remuneration across a number of FTSE indices and industry sectors.

Pedersen and Partners Global Executive Compensation Report
Survey of executive remuneration across 17 countries, showing average base salaries, bonuses, stock options and total cash compensation in large corporations. Published 2013.

PwC annual pay surveys
PwC publish an annual executive reward survey, previously called 'Executive compensation review', which looks at key issues in executive remuneration practice within the FTSE 350.

Reed industry salary guides
Annual salary surveys for a wide variety of industries, including accountancy and finance.

Robert Half Finance and Accounting Salary Guide
Up-to-date starting salary information and hiring trends for the accountancy sector, with UK region-specific data.

Robert Walters salary surveys
Comprehensive global salary survey covering a range of professional sectors, including accountancy. Surveys are available for individual countries across the world.

Salary Search
Specialist salary service from Croner, pitched as the UK's most comprehensive online salary database. This site allows you to find the pay and benefits of a wide range of jobs in the Reward pay database, with charges varying depending on the degree of detail required. Sample data is provided along with the option to try out the service on test data.

Chartered Accountants Ireland Leinster Society salary survey
Annual salary survey for the accountancy profession in Ireland. The Leinster Society of Chartered Accountants is the CAI's largest district society.

Online articles

The ICAEW Library & Information Service provides access to a range of articles in full text from leading business, finance and management journals. This resource is available to ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users.

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