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Accountancy industry

Use our industry guide to find key background information, market research, statistics, trade bodies and trade publications.

We can compile tailored key players reports, mailing lists, market reports, benchmarking reports and industry news. Our enquiry team can also research other industry-specific information, such as taxation, for you. Call us on +44 (0)20 7920 8620 or email library@icaew.com.

The Business & Industry Guides series is produced by the Library & Information Service for ICAEW members and ACA students.


Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19): Offices and contact centres
Guidance from GOV.UK for those who work in or run offices, contact centres and similar indoor environments in England on how to work safely while minimising the risk of spreading COVID-19.


Reports and studies looking at the impact of Brexit on the accountancy sector.

Brexit industry insights

Summer 2020

Series of industry insights from Deloitte which summarise the implications of Brexit and provide practical guidance on the steps companies can take to prepare. Industries covered include: Travel and Aviation, Retail and Consumer Products, Food and Drink, Automotive, Logistics, Energy, Manufacturing, Aerospace and Defence, Technology, Telecommunications, Media and Arts, Professional and Business Services.

UK Powerhouse: Brexit disruption index - Autumn 2019

September 2019

Report from law firm Irwin Mitchell. Analyses the impact Brexit will have on different sectors and the level of disruption expected for each. Sectors covered: Manufacturing, Wholesale, retail and repair of vehicles, Admin and support services, Accommodation and food services, Agriculture, forestry and fishing, Professional, scientific and technical, Information and communication, Construction, Financial and insurance, Water supply, sewerage and waste, Health and social work, Mining and quarrying, Education, Electricity and gas, Real estate, Public admin and defence.

No-deal Brexit: trade

September 2019

House of Commons briefing paper setting out the implications of a no-deal Brexit on the UK's trade with both EU and non-EU countries. Includes case studies for the automotive sector and the professional and business services sector.

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Government guidance

Accounting for UK companies after Brexit
Guidance published by GOV.UK from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy on accounting and reporting requirements for UK companies after Brexit.

Accounting for EEA organisations after Brexit
Guidance published by GOV.UK from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy on how EEA companies and groups with a presence in the UK can comply with UK accounting and reporting requirements after Brexit.

Auditing for UK auditors and audit firms operating in the EEA after Brexit
Guidance published by GOV.UK from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy on what UK audit firms, UK auditors and those with UK audit qualifications need to do to prepare for Brexit.

Auditing for EEA auditors and audit firms operating in the UK after Brexit
Guidance published by GOV.UK from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy on what EEA audit firms, EEA auditors and those with EEA qualifications need to do to prepare for Brexit.

Brexit readiness notices
Technical notices published by the European Commission to assist stakeholders in getting ready for the end of the transition period. The notices cover a range of areas including statutory audits.


Brexit - impact on ICAEW members
A range of resources to help ICAEW members prepare for Brexit including articles, checklists and technical guidance.

Online articles

The library provides full access to articles from leading business, finance and management journals.

Articles are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users.

Useful links

IFAC Global SMP Survey: 2018 Summary
Summary of the 2018 survey by IFAC of practitioners operating in small-and medium-sized practices (SMPs) around the world. Includes SMP performance in 2018 and key issues, trends and developments impacting the sector. Free registration is required to view the publication.

The 2016 IFAC Global SMP Survey Report and Summary is also available which contains data for and analysis of the following areas:

  • challenges facing SMPs
  • external factors impacting SMPs over the next five years
  • membership in networks, associations or alliances
  • business advisory and consulting services
  • SMP performance in 2016
  • SMP outlook for 2017
  • challenges facing SME clients
  • international activities of SME clients
  • change in SME client revenue from 2015 to 2016.

European SMP survey 2015
The Federation of European Accountants (FEE) published a separate report giving more in-depth commentary and data from the responses of its members across Europe to the IFAC global survey.

Market research

We offer access to market research on the accountancy industry from a number of specialist sources. Reports include national and regional accountancy industry profiles for Asia, Europe and North America, and SWOT analyses of major companies operating in this sector.

Report from Mintel covering the UK accounting and financial management market. The website includes a summary and the option to view a contents listing.


Knowledge Guide to statistics on the accountancy profession
We highlight key sources of data and information on the accountancy sector, covering:


Eurostat, the EU statistics hub, collates detailed Structural Business Statistics giving the latest figures for industry, construction, trade and services by sector and country. The indicators available include:

  • number of enterprises
  • turnover
  • value added at factor cost
  • personnel costs
  • number of employees
  • number of part-time employees
  • number of persons employed.

Statistics within the database are available for Accounting, bookkeeping and auditing activities; tax consultancy (M692) – see the database section ‘SBS – services’ and ‘Business services statistics’.


Salary surveys

We link to the latest annual salary surveys and reports on remuneration and pay across the financial sector for accounting professionals, directors and executives.

Office for National Statistics

UK average employment costs within this sector are available from Table 14 of the Office for National Statistics publication Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE). Average employment costs are provided for full-time employees, part-time employees and all employees.

The data includes average employment costs for:

  • financial managers and directors
  • chartered and certified accountants
  • taxation experts
  • financial and accounting technicians
  • financial accounts managers.

Other regions

Please see individual country profile pages for links to sources of national statistics.

Business guides

Practice resources
For ICAEW's members in practice, this area brings together the most up-to-date thought leadership, technical resources and professional guidance to help you in your professional life. Guides cover practice management, practice regulation, support, IT and how to set up a practice.

Practice management
We have compiled more resources for accountants in practice, including:

Trade bodies

The websites of trade bodies in this sector are a useful source of industry overviews, contacts and statistics.

We have a listing of major accountancy bodies in the UK and Republic of Ireland and a listing of international accountancy bodies, including regional organisations and networks across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Eurasia. See our pages on accounting by country for national professional bodies and organisations.

Trade journals and publications

Trade journals, B2B magazines and specialist consumer magazines are another useful source of news and statistics. We have an extensive collection of journals and magazines on accounting, including many available online.

Further reading

Articles and books in the Library collection

To find out how you can borrow books from the Library please see our guide to book loans. You can obtain copies of articles or extracts of books and reports by post, fax or email through our document supply service.

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