Accountancy attracting the fairer sex

The Institute reported that 42.7% of its new recruits were of the fairer sex and it said it expected the number of women entering the profession to continue to rise in the future.

Allan Cull, of the London Society of Chartered Accountants’ Education and Training Committee said it was ‘great news’ that women were entering the profession and went on to say the new ACA qualification offered an improved -convergence between practical work experience and training and assessment’.

He added: ‘The ACA qualification ensures the profession continues to be flexible enough to offer creative thinking on business strategies which meet the current and future needs of the business world.’

The ICAEW reported a total of 2,198 students passed their final examinations. The institute said the 300 new London recruits who began their studies in Autumn 2000 were working under the ICAEW’s new ACA syllabus.

The ICAEW launched its new ACA qualification in September last year in a move to end years of internal wrangling and hundreds of student defections.

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