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Accountancy industry

Use our industry guide to find key background information, market research, statistics, trade bodies and trade publications.

We can compile tailored key players reports, mailing lists, market reports, benchmarking reports and industry news. Our enquiry team can also research other industry-specific information, such as taxation, for you. Call us on +44 (0)20 7920 8620 or email library@icaew.com.

The Business & Industry Guides series is produced by the Library & Information Service for ICAEW members and ACA students.


Reports and studies looking at the impact of Brexit on the accountancy sector.

State of the economy

13 February 2019

Report produced by the Scottish Government's Chief Economic Adviser on the performance of the Scottish economy and its outlook. Includes analysis of the potential risks of a no-deal on different sectors of the Scottish economy (pages 13-14). Sectors covered: Accommodation and food services, Agriculture, forestry and fishing, Chemicals, Construction, Computer and electronic products, Education, Financial and insurance activities, Food and drink, Information and communication, Metal products, Mining and quarrying, Utilities, Pharmaceuticals, Transport equipment, Transportation and storage, Professional Services, Wholesale and retail.

DFP business case

May 2018

Simulation from KPMG using the example of a Dutch food processing company. The case study highlights the potential issues that the company would face under a future FTA model following Brexit. Areas considered in the case study include custom formalities; indirect tax; supply chain; IT systems and processes; accounting and finance; human resources.

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Government guidance

How to prepare if the UK leaves the EU with no deal
Guidance published by GOV.UK on how to prepare for Brexit if there is no deal. Includes the technical notices Accounting and audit and Providing services including those of a qualified professional.

Brexit preparedness notices
Technical notices published by the European Commission which set out the implications of the UK's withdrawal from the EU if an agreement between the UK and EU is not reached. The notices cover a range of areas including statutory audit and professional qualifications.


Brexit - impact on ICAEW members
A range of resources to help ICAEW members prepare for Brexit.

Online articles

The library provides full access to articles from leading business, finance and management journals.

Articles are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users.

Useful links

IFAC Global SMP Survey: 2018 Summary
Summary of the 2018 survey by IFAC of practitioners operating in small-and medium-sized practices (SMPs) around the world. Includes SMP performance in 2018 and key issues, trends and developments impacting the sector. Free registration is required to view the publication.

The 2016 IFAC Global SMP Survey Report and Summary is also available which contains data for and analysis of the following areas:

  • challenges facing SMPs
  • external factors impacting SMPs over the next five years
  • membership in networks, associations or alliances
  • business advisory and consulting services
  • SMP performance in 2016
  • SMP outlook for 2017
  • challenges facing SME clients
  • international activities of SME clients
  • change in SME client revenue from 2015 to 2016.

European SMP survey 2015
The Federation of European Accountants (FEE) published a separate report giving more in-depth commentary and data from the responses of its members across Europe to the IFAC global survey.

Market research

We offer access to market research on the accountancy industry from a number of specialist sources. Reports include national and regional accountancy industry profiles for Asia, Europe and North America, and SWOT analyses of major companies operating in this sector.


Knowledge Guide to statistics on the accountancy profession
We highlight key sources of data and information on the accountancy sector, covering:


Eurostat, the EU statistics hub, collates detailed Structural Business Statistics giving the latest figures for industry, construction, trade and services by sector and country. The indicators available include:

  • number of enterprises
  • turnover
  • value added at factor cost
  • personnel costs
  • number of employees
  • number of part-time employees
  • number of persons employed.

Statistics within the database are available for Accounting, bookkeeping and auditing activities; tax consultancy (M692) – see the database section ‘SBS – services’ and ‘Business services statistics’.


Salary surveys

We link to the latest annual salary surveys and reports on remuneration and pay across the financial sector for accounting professionals, directors and executives.

Office for National Statistics

UK average employment costs within this sector are available from Table 14 of the Office for National Statistics publication Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE). Average employment costs are provided for full-time employees, part-time employees and all employees.

The data includes average employment costs for:

  • financial managers and directors
  • chartered and certified accountants
  • taxation experts
  • financial and accounting technicians
  • financial accounts managers.

Other regions

Please see individual country profile pages for links to sources of national statistics.

Business guides

Practice resources
For ICAEW's members in practice, this area brings together the most up-to-date thought leadership, technical resources and professional guidance to help you in your professional life. Guides cover practice management, practice regulation, support, IT and how to set up a practice.

Practice management
We have compiled more resources for accountants in practice, including:

Value added

The focus of valued added (VA) is on wealth created by the company – how much wealth is created, how efficiently it is created, whether wealth is increased year by year and how it is used. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills' Value Added Scoreboard highlights the importance of the largest countries, sectors and companies VA in the UK and Europe.

The scoreboard is no longer produced by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills but the data may still be useful for benchmarking.

Trade bodies

The websites of trade bodies in this sector are a useful source of industry overviews, contacts and statistics.

We have a listing of major accountancy bodies in the UK and Republic of Ireland and a listing of international accountancy bodies, including regional organisations and networks across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Eurasia. See our pages on accounting by country for national professional bodies and organisations.

Trade journals and publications

Trade journals, B2B magazines and specialist consumer magazines are another useful source of news and statistics. We have an extensive collection of journals and magazines on accounting, including many available online.

Further reading

Articles and books in the Library collection

To find out how you can borrow books from the Library please see our guide to book loans. You can obtain copies of articles or extracts of books and reports by post, fax or email through our document supply service.

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