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As this survey shows, ACCA students around the world view the ACCA Qualification as providing a route to well-paid, flexible careers in roles that employers value. And through their skills, knowledge and professional ethics, ACCA members continue to bring public value around the world – which is critical in supporting the global economy and responsible business worldwide
—Neil Stevenson, executive director-brand, ACCA

Research in the latest salary survey from ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) shows career aspirations can be met in uncertain economic times

ACCA students and affiliates around the world frequently earn salaries that exceed the national average across other professions, states the latest Students and affiliates salary and career survey 2012 from ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants).

The report’s findings capture information on the salaries, bonuses and benefits of ACCA students and affiliates, including students studying for the foundation level qualifications around the world. The report also records their typical working hours, their career plans and priorities. 

The survey received 22,379 responses from ACCA students and affiliates who participated in an online survey conducted in the late second quarter of 2012. 

Some key highlights of the report include:

  • In the 12 months preceding this survey, 63 per cent of ACCA students and affiliates received a pay rise, with two-thirds (65 per cent) of these gaining an increase of at least six per cent.
  • Of ACCA students and affiliates receiving a bonus, 53 per cent were awarded a larger bonus than in the previous year, with little variation across sectors.
  • ACCA students are ambitious and understand the opportunities an ACCA qualification gives them are extensive: 84 per cent aim to gain a more senior position in their current area, 75 per cent want to lead a finance team and 64 per cent plan to start their own business at some point in their career.
  • Many employers provide benefits such as study leave and payment of various student fees. This shows they support the students while they progress through their studies.  

Neil Stevenson, executive director-brand at ACCA, said: 'In general, this research shows that accountancy generates financial rewards and it offers diverse career opportunities over many sectors. ACCA’s core purpose is to offer opportunities to people of talent, regardless of their background. As this survey shows, ACCA students around the world view the ACCA Qualification as providing a route to well-paid, flexible careers in roles that employers value. And through their skills, knowledge and professional ethics, ACCA members continue to bring public value around the world – which is critical in supporting the global economy and responsible business worldwide.'

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For more information, please contact:

Alana Sinnen, ACCA Newsroom
+ 44 (0) 207 059 5807
+44 (0) 7715 812120
alana.sinnen@accaglobal.com 

Colin Davis, ACCA Newsroom
+44 (0)20 7059 5738
+44 (0)7720 347713
colin.davis@accaglobal.com 

Lali Sindi, ACCA Newsroom
+44 (0)20 7059 5643
+44 (0)7921 698085
lali.sindi@accaglobal.com

Notes to Editors

  1. To read the global and country-specific reports, click on the link in the 'Related Links' section, left of this article.
  2. 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. 
  3. We support our 154,000 members and 432,000 students in 170 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. We work through a network of over 80 offices and centres and more than 8,400 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. 
  4. 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.