A Changing Profession? The Evolution of Accounting Roles, Skills and Career Aspirations

The ACCA’s report analyses evolving roles, skills and career aspirations across the accountancy profession, covering overall trends and sectoral or regional differences.


Key findings include:

  • The evolution of roles and skills. Technically specialised finance roles are increasingly common, growing in importance and driving the need for technical skills.
  • The evolution of career aspirations. Accountants are more mobile and careers will increasingly cross traditional borders, both inside and outside the finance function.
  • A changing profession – how should organisations respond? The evolution of roles, skills shortages, the growing demand for accountants and the higher career aspirations of finance professionals are leading to a recruitment and retention crisis for many organisations.

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