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Market research on the accountancy industry

We have access to market research reports focusing on the accountancy sector from a number of specialist sources. These reports give an overview of the accountancy market in different international regions, analysing trends and performance.

Find statistics and more useful resources in our accountancy industry guide.

Industry profiles

Industry profiles give an overview of market size in different countries or regions, the competitive landscape and provide a forecast of market performance. These profiles are available exclusively for ICAEW members and ACA students through the Library & Information Service.

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

Other sources

Statistics on the accountancy market
We give sources for headline statistics on the accountancy market, including statistics for employment in the sector and net exports of accountancy services.

Accountancy firms and networks
We link to the latest annual surveys of firms and international networks, giving information on fee income, number of partners and other areas. This page includes directories and listings of firms in the UK, Ireland and around the world.

Key facts and trends in the accountancy profession
Nineteenth edition of the Financial Reporting Council’s annual survey of the profession, published in July 2021. Provides detailed data on:

  • members and students of accountancy bodies
  • accountancy bodies income and resources
  • oversight of audit regulation
  • audit firms.

An archive of previous editions are available through the FRC website.

The accountancy profession in the UK and Ireland
Report produced by Oxford Economics for the Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies (CCAB) in November 2018. Includes sections on the structure of the profession in the UK and Ireland and its direct economic contribution in terms of GDP, employment, tax revenues and purchase and export of accounting services.

A previous report The accountancy profession in the UK was published by CCAB in May 2017.

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