Belfast Telegraph

Accountants 'playing a vital role in the recovery'

By Heather McGarrigle

Northern Ireland's accountancy profession is growing and playing a "critical role" in the economy, according to one of the industry's top professional bodies.

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has increased its worldwide membership by 20% this year, with 205,000 students having taken ACCA exams globally.

A total of 515 people in Ireland have achieved membership between July 2010 and July 2011. This week, ACCA Ireland held its annual ceremony to welcome its new Northern Ireland members.

Speaking at the event, head of ACCA Ireland, Liz Hughes said there were opportunities for experienced accountants in the shared services and funds industry.

She said: "The potential for employment remains strong and this should continue to be the case due to a variety of factors, including the role ACCA members play in the dynamic between business and finance. The fact that our members act as business advisors means they are playing a critical role in the economic future of Northern Ireland and the Republic."