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Where are ICAEW’s women?

04 January 2013

Women are being shunned by ICAEW employers, according to the latest stats from the Professional Oversight Board.

Against the overall trend for some reason nearly two men for every one women are currently being signed up to ICAEW training contracts.

That means over the last six years the percentage of ICAEW women being recruited by accountancy firms has decreased from 41% in 2006 to just 38% in 2011.

Despite the ICAEW the total proportion of women entering the accountancy profession has remained broadly constant (48%) between 2006 and 2011, says the board.

The ACCA and Chartered Institute of Ireland seem the most attractive to women, who make up50% and 51% respectively of the student body.

CIPFA female numbers have hovered around the 50% mark and currently stand at 48%.

Next up is CIMA and ICAS where 44% of their intake are women.
So body that appears the least attractive to women is the ICAEW with men still the preferred option for the three year contracts on offer.

It is hardly surprising then that when these figures go through to membership the ICAEW has the lowest proportion of female members – just 25%. This does sit well with the ACCA’s 44% and CAI’s 37% and rising. IN the last six years the percentage of female members overall has risen from 30% in 2006 to 34% in 2011.


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