Chartered Accountants Ireland congratulates all Leaving Certificate students

Aug 15, 2018

Chartered Accountants Ireland would like to congratulate each of the 57,000 Leaving Certificate students who received their results today, and also notes the increase in recent years of those taking the Accounting paper. The Institute, which represents over 26,500 members across the globe, believes that the increasing numbers attempting higher level papers is good news for the economy, both for indigenous business and attracting multinational employers.

In recent years, Leaving Cert Accounting has seen a rise in those opting to take the higher level paper. Last year, 78% of those who took the subject opted for higher level - an increase of 10.5% on 2016. While there is no requirement for anyone entering the accountancy profession to have studied the subject in school, the Institute sees this year’s overall grades and renewed interest in the Accounting subject as a positive development.

Ronan O’Loughlin, Head of Education and Training said:

“Despite the challenges, the results released today demonstrate the success of the Irish education system from pre-school right through to third level and to professional qualifications. The Irish education system is respected the world over and Chartered Accountants Ireland is proud to be part of that system. Our member firms remain Ireland’s biggest recruiters of new graduates, and the Institute is Ireland’s biggest single educator of professional accountancy students”.

“We would also stress that university is not the only option for those who wish to embark on a professional career in accountancy. Our flexible route to the Chartered qualification, initially starting with  Accounting Technicians Ireland is an exciting alternative for non-graduates”.

The accountancy profession remains the biggest employer of new graduates each year. Chartered accountancy as a career remains extremely attractive, with the recent Chartered Accountants Leinster Society Survey 2018 showing newly qualified Chartered Accountants earning over €61,000 per annum. Combining these two factors along with the global recognition of the Chartered Accountant qualification, it is hardly surprising that students are choosing Leaving Certificate Accounting and related business subjects.

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Reference:  Bryan Rankin, Marketing Manager, Chartered Accountants Ireland T: (01) 637 7268

Note to editors:  Chartered Accountants Ireland is Ireland’s biggest and fastest growing professional accountancy body, with 26,500 members across the globe. It is the voice of the accountancy profession in Ireland.