Female chartered accountants face a number of challenges in the finance profession. We are committed to highlighting these issues and making the global business case for recruiting and retaining female financial talent.
Gender diversity in the workplace is fundamental to business success. Research has shown that companies with more women in leadership positions are more profitable and more efficient. Additionally, the Equalities Act 2010 means the issue of recruiting and retaining female financial talent is more pertinent than ever.
Skilled finance professionals remain in high demand and the competition for them is intensifying both on a national and global scale. In the UK and across the EU, women represent a large slice of this talent pool. They are becoming central to meeting the combined challenges of an ageing workforce, falling birth rates and a skills shortage.
Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate their economic, political and social achievements. International Women’s Day is an opportunity for ICAEW to share our commitment to championing the role of women, both in the accountancy profession and throughout the wider business world.
We equip female ACAs with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive in what is still, unfortunately, a male-dominated industry.
ICAEW supports the national Women in the City Awards Programme. The Woman of Achievement Award recognises senior and partner level women working in professional services. Nominees actively support the progress of women within their organisation, sector and the wider business world. The Future Leaders Award identifies high potential women at the point of transition between management and leadership. The Future Leaders Award Winner is offered a complimentary place on our Women in Leadership programme as part of her Award Prize.