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The results from ACCA’s inaugural annual talent trends survey enables ACCA members and students working in the public sector to set out the workplace issues and concerns that matter most to them.

This unique look at global public sector talent trends sends important messages to public sector employers as they seek to retain and attract finance professionals to careers in the sector.  

At the same time the guide draws attention to the benefits of a career in finance and accountancy in the public sector.

Overall the survey attracted 8,405 responses from 148 countries; of those, 587 responses were from people working in finance roles in the public sector, with four out of five of those being ACCA members or students.  

This was a global response: 35% from the Middle East, 34% from Africa, 22% from Europe and 9% from Americas and Caribbean, and 1% from elsewhere.

Public sector responses


Career advantages

As well as the key findings, the Global Talent Trends 2023: Public Sector report sets out the advantages of a finance career in the public sector:

  • Diversity of roles.
  • Working for the public good.
  • Balancing the interests of a wide range of stakeholders and contributing to addressing sustainability and climate change issues.
  • Working in a dynamic environment.
  • Being able to work for diverse organisations.
  • Building trust and accountability.  

In line with the overall Global Talent Trends 2023 survey responses, the findings for the  public sector show a sector in transition, facing many short-term challenges as well as big long-term questions, all set against the backdrop of societies still recovering from Covid and dealing with a challenging economic outlook.  

Case studies

The report provides case studies of ACCA members working in the public sector, as well as pointing to ACCA resources to support careers and policy work for this important sector.   

This report should be used by:

  • Individual accountants working in the public sector to decide where they want to pursue long-term career goals.
  • Public sector employers as they look to set out their talent management and employee support strategies, and resource requirements.
  • Those with responsibility for shaping and developing the public sector across the globe as it works to offer the services and responses society requires.