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Goodbye number crunching

You’ll find our chartered accountants working in all types of businesses and organisations, providing advice and financial expertise.

What do accountants do?

What is a chartered accountant?

From fashion to entertainment, healthcare to not for profits – they all need finance professionals. There are lots of different types of accountants that provide a financial backbone in business. They are key figures in any organisation helping to ensure businesses are in profit, looking at ways to reduce costs and overall putting together the bigger picture in finance and business.

Without them, a business simply wouldn’t be able to function, so their role is a vital one. The role requires problem solving, creativity and strong communication skills.

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What is the difference between an accountant and a chartered accountant?



By law anyone can call themselves an accountant. The title ‘chartered accountant’ and the letters ACA (Associate Chartered Accountant) or FCA (Fellow Chartered Accountant), however, indicates that the person has undertaken a minimum of three years training, passed a series of examinations, and committed to continuing professional development to keep their skills up to date.


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Get to know us

ICAEW is an international professional membership body for chartered accountants. We run the globally-recognised ACA qualification, enabling those interested in a career in finance to become an ICAEW Chartered Accountant. We provide ongoing support to our students and members throughout their careers.

Opportunities and salary information

  1. 6,000 vacancies

    On offer each year at over 5,000 authorised training employers around the world

  2. £51,000 salary

    The global average for ICAEW Chartered Accountants with 0-2 years' experience

  3. 77 of the FTSE 100

    companies have an ICAEW Chartered Accountant on the board

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