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Statistics on accountancy firms by number of partners

Sources for statistics on accountancy firms by number of partners and the gender of partners.

Number of partners

United Kingdom: Top firms

Accountancy
Accountancy magazine publishes a top 75 league table of UK accountancy firms which also provides details of the number of partners in each firm. In some editions of the league table (or in supporting tables) the number of female partners for each firm has been identified. The league table is published in Accountancy Magazine each year (usually in the July issue).

You can access recent league tables through the CCH Daily website at Top UK firms. Older surveys may be available from the ICAEW Library & Information Service which holds a complete run of Accountancy magazine.

Accountancy Age
The Accountancy Age survey is published in June each year and provides figures for the number of partners in the top 50 accountancy firms. In later editions of the table the split percentage of male and female partners for each firm has been identified. The 2009 edition of the survey was extended to the top 100.

You can access the list of firms at Accountancy Age: Top 50+50 Accountancy Firms 2018. Older surveys may be available from the ICAEW Library & Information Service which holds a complete run of Accountancy Age.

United Kingdom: ICAEW Member firms

The print editions of the Official ICAEW Directory of Firms include a chart showing firm size by partners which identifies the number of firms in 11 size brackets (sole practitioners, 1 partner, 2-5 partners, 6-10 partners, 11-15 partners, 16-20 partners, 21-25 partners, 25-50 partners, 51-100 partners, 101-500 partners, 501+ partners). The final edition of this publication was issued in 2012.

The ICAEW Library & Information Service holds a full set of the published directories - see Library holdings: ICAEW directory of firms for further details.

International: Top firms

The journal International Accounting Bulletin from Timetric is published twice a month and includes a series of country surveys which provide statistics on top firms and networks (usually the top 8-10). The data available on these firms includes the number of partners.

To see an up-to-date list of countries covered by these surveys you should consult the magazine, but as an indication the countries surveyed in the past have included:

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • France
  • India
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Russia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Turkey
  • United States

The ICAEW Library & Information Service holds a run of the International Accounting Bulletin from 1983 to date. The latest edition is available in the Library.

To find out more about the availability of older issues please see Library holdings: International Accounting Bulletin.

For information on obtaining copies of individual issues of the International Accounting Bulletin please contact the publishers, Timetric.

This page has been published by the ICAEW Library & Information Service as part of the Knowledge guide to statistics on the accountancy profession.

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