Statistics on the total number of accountancy firms
Sources for statistics on the total number of accountancy firms.
Total number of firms
United Kingdom: All firms
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) publication UK Business: Size, Activity and Location provides statistics on the number of firms in different groups based on their location (region or country) followed by a figure for the total number of firms in the United Kingdom.
The latest statistics for UK Business: Size, Activity and Location are available from the ONS. Data from previous releases can be accessed via the National Archives web site. If comparing figures from different releases, please note that various changes have been made to the coverage of businesses over the years. See the publication's methodology for details.
The figures for accountancy firms are published in the dataset 'Enterprise/local units by 4 Digit SIC and UK Regions'. The table shows statistics for a number of sectors and you will need to scroll right to find the appropriate UK SIC code for accounting, book-keeping and auditing activities; tax consultancy (6920 in UK SIC 2007).
The figures are published in Table B3.4: United Kingdom - Number of VAT and/or PAYE based enterprises in all industries by government office region. The table shows statistics for a number of sectors and you will need to scroll down to the appropriate UK SIC code for accounting, book-keeping and auditing activities; tax consultancy (7412 in UK SIC 2003 - as used in the 2008 publication, 6920 in UK SIC 2007 - as used from the 2009 publication onwards).
These statistics record both VAT and PAYE based enterprises using the UK SIC code for accounting, book-keeping and auditing activities; tax consultancy. As such, they include all firms with this classification - not just the member firms of the CCAB bodies.
Older editions of this publication are available and also include these totals. However, it should be noted that the 2008 publication was 'the first to include businesses based on PAYE employers that are not also registered for VAT, extending the scope from the previous VAT-based tables.' This means that the figures from earlier editions cannot be compared directly with the 2008 edition or any subsequent editions.
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