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About Chartered Accountancy

About Chartered Accountancy

Please give an overview of your sector?

The accountancy sector covers a wide range of business sectors and in a broad spectrum of roles. It can be divided into accountancy firms that provide advice and accounting services to a range of clients in both the public and private sector, it also covers accountants working in one particular organisation, for example, Microsoft, Google, Glanbia, Bank of Ireland and for Government but to name a few.

Chartered Accountants are Ireland’s leading business professionals, providing essential strategic guidance, expertise and consulting.

Recognised and respected internationally, a qualification in Chartered Accountancy brings global mobility, with Chartered Accountants in demand both at home and abroad. Once qualified, you become a member of Ireland’s largest and fastest-growing accounting body.

Chartered Accountancy training combines innovative education with mentored work experience, to produce accountants who possess a greater ability to analyse and interpret business problems and develop dynamic solutions. Perhaps that’s why Chartered Accountants have the edge over their counterparts: Chartered Accountants rise further and faster into more diverse and important roles in organisations. 

What is the size and scope of the sector?

Chartered Accountants Ireland has over 26,500 members and 6,000 students. Over 23,000 members are working in Ireland and the remaining 3,500 members are working internationally.

Chartered Accountants Ireland is the fastest growing accountancy body in Ireland with 37% growth between 2007 and 2014. 98% of Chartered Accountants are in employment.

What are the current issues affecting this sector?

The demand for qualified Chartered Accountants has gone from strength to strength and job prospects for accountants are growing.

Chartered Accountants Ireland is the fastest growing accountancy body in Ireland with 37% growth since 2014. It is also good to know that 98% of Chartered Accountants are in employment.

What changes are anticipated over the next 5 years

As the Irish economy continues to flourish, more employers than ever are seeking quality finance professionals for their organisations.

Do you have any statistics relevant to the sector?


  • The No.1 accountancy qualification in Ireland: respected by employers and recruiters.
  • The qualification for business and practice: private, public, voluntary and academic sectors.
  • Flexible: you can progress through training and exams at a pace that suits you.
  • Better for pass rates: our exam success rate is high.
  • The fastest route to qualify: 78% of Chartered Accountancy students are fully qualified in four years or less.
  • Fewer exams: when compared with other accountancy bodies.

Are there any areas in your sector currently experiencing skills shortages?

Accountants are in big demand and there has never been a better time to start a career as a chartered accountant.