ACCA has seen the biggest growth in membership of any of the main accountancy bodies, new research reveals.
Between 2000 and 2005, ACCA increased its UK and Irish membership from 45,392 to 59,059, a 30.1% rise. ICAI was next recording 26.1% growth followed by CIMA on 25.7% and ICAS which saw members rise by 10.9%. Membership of the ICAEW improved by 7.4% during the five year period.
The figures, in a report by the Professional Oversight Board (POB), showed the average yearly growth for ACCA was 5.4% compared to the ICAEW's 1.4%.
On a global basis, ACCA recorded an even higher growth with membership improving from 79,027 to 109,588, a 38.7% rise.
ACCA also came out top in attracting female members. At 31 December 2005, 40% of ACCA's membership were women. This compared to 29% of ICAI members, 2...