Founded in 1880, ICAEW (the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales) is one of the oldest accountancy bodies in the world and has more than 178,500 members and students in 153 countries.
ICAEW Chartered Accountants are the largest source of business advice in the UK, reaching more than 1.5 million organisations. They undertake a large variety of work which can see them preparing financial statements and developing profit projections one day, and identifying strategic risks or advising on business improvements the next.
You can only become an ICAEW Chartered Accountant by completing the ACA qualification, which involves three years’ on-the-job training, a series of rigorous examinations and continuing professional development. This means that ICAEW Chartered Accountants are highly qualified individuals and in demand from all types of organisations, all over the world, and command an average annual salary of £51,000 in the first two years after qualifying.