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This year’s members’ careers survey shows just how aspirational they are, looking to the future and building their careers as complete finance professionals
—Neil Stevenson, executive director-brand, ACCA

Seventy-five per cent of ACCA members have set timeframes for achieving their career aspirations, finds the latest careers survey by ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)

Achieving career aspirations is high on the agendas of ACCA members, reveals the latest global careers survey published by the global body for professional accountants.

The global report further shows that 73 per cent of those surveyed around the world aim to achieve their career ambitions in the next four years.

The survey also shows:

  • Sixty-three per cent of ACCA members surveyed have multi-sector experience – moves between sectors happen in all directions, but most frequently to and from the corporate sector.
  • One in three respondents intends to stay with his or her current employer for more than three years.
  • In the past 12 months, 31 per cent of respondents have changed jobs – more than half of such job moves taking place within the same organisation (51 per cent of all job changes).
  • Leading a finance team; working in a specialist finance role; and working in another country; are the top three career achievements already recorded by ACCA members.
  • Survey respondents have many future ambitions, but 61 per cent are aiming, with their next career move, to gain a more senior position.
  • Thirty-two per cent of respondents globally are thinking of starting their own business later in their careers.

ACCA members who hold positions such as chief executive, chairman or president , as well as those working as CFOs, COOs, finance directors, audit directors, executive directors, general managers and commercial directors, are relatively more likely to have multi-sector experience (70%). In contrast, proprietors, managing partners, partners and sole practitioners are less likely to do so (40%).

Neil Stevenson, ACCA’s executive director – brand, said: 'This year’s members’ careers survey shows just how aspirational they are, looking to the future and building their careers as complete finance professionals.

'Results show that many believe working abroad is key to expanding career horizons. Sixty-six per cent value the opportunity to gain additional skills and knowledge, while 62 per cent want to experience another culture.

'This ties in very well with ACCA’s core values of opportunity and diversity. It is also consistent with our overall belief that the ACCA Qualification opens up truly mobile career options across sectors and borders. This survey provides evidence that many of our members have been able to benefit from flexible and fulfilling career paths to suit their aspirations.'

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Notes to Editors

  1. ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants. We aim to offer business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management. 
  2. We support our 162,000 members and 428,000 students in 173 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. We work through a network of over 89 offices and centres and more than 8,500 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. Through our public interest remit, we promote appropriate regulation of accounting and conduct relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence. 
  3. Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability. We believe that accountants bring value to economies in all stages of development and seek to develop capacity in the profession and encourage the adoption of global standards. Our values are aligned to the needs of employers in all sectors and we ensure that through our qualifications, we prepare accountants for business. We seek to open up the profession to people of all backgrounds and remove artificial barriers, innovating our qualifications and delivery to meet the diverse needs of trainee professionals and their employers.