Accountancy

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The UK's offer

  • Tap into strong domestic demand for accountancy services worth £17.7bn annually
  • Select from a pool of 164,000 accountancy students in the UK and Ireland
  • Benefit from a leading market for accountancy services, with many of the largest global firms headquartered in London
  • Access the expertise of over 5,600 UK registered audit firms

Available expertise

The accountancy industry in the UK is performing very strongly on the back of long-term investment into the profession and a sustained ability to attract high-quality talent, leading to one of the highest concentrations of accountancy professionals anywhere in the world.

Many of the largest global firms are headquartered in London, with offices UK wide, making the UK a leading market for accountancy, and the ideal location for individuals and firms from all sectors to tap financial expertise across an array of services. 

 

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A pool of high skilled talent

TheCityUK's Key Facts about Financial Services report finds that there is a talent pool of around 400,000 in the UK accounting services industry.

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A growing market

The UK's top 100 accountancy firms have seen significant revenue growth in recent years. 

Revenues grew from £14.2bn in 2016-2017 to a record breaking £15.2bn in 2018. 

 

Growth in accountancy revenue

£2.5bn

in UK accounting services net exports

in 2017

£15.2bn

in total UK fee income generated

by the UK’s top 100 accounting firms in 2018

£59bn

Contribution to UK GDP

from the UK accountancy profession in 2017

Major exporter

The UK has an outstanding international reputation for high quality professional services, and is a major provider of accountancy expertise to individuals and companies worldwide. The UK accountancy sector exports outnumber imports by 5 to 1. 

Major player in financial services

The accountancy profession accounts for almost half of the output of the entire financial services sector

Major player in financial services

The UK's 7 accountancy bodies

have 530,000 members worldwide

The UK's 7 accountancy bodies

UK global leader

UK accounting exports more than tripled between 2011 and 2017

UK global leader

Everything you need

The UK offers you everything you need to grow your business.

We have a global outlook, which means we understand your business needs. The depth and breadth of our offer mean unparalleled opportunities for you to grow. Innovation is what we do - creating an inspirational ecosystem where you can thrive. 

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