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Statistics on accountants

Sources for statistics on accountants, including membership statistics for accountancy bodies.

Members of the world's largest professional accountancy bodies

An inaugural world survey of the accountancy profession was published in the December 2009 edition of The Accountant (Issue 6073) which provides details of membership numbers for 37 professional accountancy bodies in 24 countries. In addition to this, a league table of the 'Top 20 World's largest professional accountancy bodies by membership' was published.

The ICAEW Library & Information Service holds a complete run of 'The Accountant'. To find out more about the availability of older issues please see Library holdings: The Accountant.

For information on obtaining copies of individual issues of The Accountant please contact the publishers (VRL).

Members of UK Accountancy Bodies

The Financial Reporting Council has published an annual survey of the profession called Key Facts and Trends in the Accountancy Profession since 2002 which provides the following statistics for the each of the six Chartered Accountancy Bodies in the UK and the Republic of Ireland:

  • Number of members in the UK and the Republic of Ireland
  • Number of members worldwide
  • Number of members outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland
  • Sectoral employment of members worldwide
  • Gender of members worldwide
  • Age of members worldwide

The current survey and an archive of previous editions are available through the FRC website.

Historical Statistics - ICAEW Members

Headline membership statistics have often been included in the ICAEW annual report.

The ICAEW published annual and quarterly updates on member statistics between 1986 and 2008. The ICAEW Library & Information Service holds copies of the update - see Library holdings: Member statistics for further details.

Further statistics were published in the annual editions of the Official ICAEW Directory of Firms and the Official ICAEW List of Members until these publications ceased in 2012, including:

  • Members by work sector (Directory of firms, List of members)
  • Members by age and gender (Directory of firms, List of members)
  • Members by UK regions (List of members)
  • Members by worldwide regions (List of members)

For further details of the ICAEW Library & Information Service holdings of these volumes - see Library holdings: ICAEW directory of firms and Library holdings: ICAEW list of members

Members of other accountancy bodies by country

The monthly publication 'The Accountant' from VRL publishes a series of country surveys which detail the number of members and students for each accountancy body in the country surveyed, including breakdowns by age, gender and sector.

To see an up-to-date list of countries covered by these surveys you should consult the magazine, but as an indication the countries surveyed in the past have included:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • Republic of Ireland
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • United States

The ICAEW Library & Information Service holds a complete run of 'The Accountant'. The latest edition is available in the Library.

To find out more about the availability of older issues please see Library holdings: The Accountant.

For information on obtaining copies of individual issues of The Accountant please contact the publishers, VRL.

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