Accountants champion professional membership bodies
According to new research, 79% of finance and accountancy professionals believe professional membership bodies support their career in accountancy.
The statistics come from respondents to a survey conducted by job site GAAPweb, of over 450 accountancy and finance professionals. They include members of ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW, AAT, IFA and AIA, from Part-Qualified to Chief Financial Officer across a wide range of industries.
Sarah EL-Doori, Marketing Director at GAAPweb added: “Our research highlights how accountants value professional memberships as an enabler throughout their career. Professional bodies are preparing accountants for what’s on the horizon, through publications, training and technical resources”
The recognition gained in the industry and the respected credentials provided were top reasons for having a professional body membership. While the publications, technical resources and professional development courses were some of the benefits that stood out to respondents.
Additionally, 74% of respondents said that their memberships were good value for money, and 83% stated their membership met their requirements.
Careers advice and support
Those just beginning their accountancy careers appreciated the clear reasons and benefits for joining specific professional bodies, along with careers advice, and support once qualified.
Respondents from PQ through to CFO also expressed an interest in more tiered membership options based on industry sector, job role and level of experience to help define the career path of the modern day accountancy and finance professional.