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ACCA membership continues to grow

The Association of Chartered, Certified Accountants (ACCA) has reported a continued rise in student and member numbers.

According to new figures, global membership increased from 131,500 to 140,000 over the past 15 months; a rise of 6.5%. The ACCA also reported that the number of students that signed up had increased by 10.4% to 404,000 over the same period of time.

Commenting on the figures, the ACCA’s chief executive said that the growth in membership is a positive sign for the accountancy industry.

"This healthy growth comes during an economically challenging time, but it shows that the finance profession is an attractive global career," commented Helen Brand. Accountants’ skills are more important than ever, to restore confidence in the global economy, to help businesses large and small to identify and manage costs and deliver sustainable growth," she added.

Ms Brand’s comments come at the end of a positive year for the ACCA. The body has recently opened offices in Brussels, Bangladesh, Chengdu and Macau.

ACCA is the global body for professional accountants. It provides services through a network of 83 offices and active centres across the world and boasts 57 global accountancy partners.

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