ACCA responds to new premiership of Boris Johnson

In response to the appointment of Boris Johnson as the UK’s new Prime Minister, ACCA’s chief executive Helen Brand OBE says:

Attracting the best international talent

‘It is absolutely imperative the UK upholds its status and reputation as “global Britain” by continuing to be open to those wanting to work and study here. Closing the skills gap is key to maintaining global competitiveness and there must be a commitment to ensuring employers are able to access international talent to fill critical and vacant roles. Post-Brexit, we would strongly urge the current salary threshold for international students and workers to be reduced from £30K to £20K to ensure the country has access to a large talent pool.

Protecting professional qualifications and services in the future

‘We must ensure new bilateral agreements protect and bolster the strengths of all UK trading industries and we must not overlook the need for continued and seamless trade in services which represent a £83.4bn trade surplus.

‘The UK currently benefits from a level of soft power influence granted by the continued recognition and trust in UK services, and the presence of UK qualified professionals performing highly-skilled regulated roles in international markets. As we move forward with trade agreements, it is vital Government champions our world-renowned professional services industries by ensuring mutual recognition of professional qualifications in any free trade agreement.

‘I would very much welcome the opportunity to discuss further how ACCA can support the new premiership of Boris Johnson and how our expert-led global research can provide valuable insight to Government for the years ahead.’

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ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants, offering business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who sACCA supports its 219,000 members and 527,000 students (including affiliates) in 179 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. ACCA works through a network of 110 offices and centres and 7,571 Approved Employers worldwide, and 328 approved learning providers who provide high standards of learning and development. 

Through its public interest remit, ACCA promotes appropriate regulation of accounting and conducts relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence.

ACCA has introduced major innovations to its flagship qualification to ensure its members and future members continue to be the most valued, up to date and sought-after accountancy professionals globally. 

Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability. 

"It is absolutely imperative the UK upholds its status and reputation as global Britain"

Helen Brand OBE - chief executive of ACCA