Women outperforming their male peers in UK accountancy exams

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Soon to be female Accountants are overtaking their male peers, with analysis from the ICAEW (the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales) showing that all top performing pupils in the ACA Professional Level chartered accountancy exams were women, for the first time in the institute’s history.
ICAEW released a statement about the results saying they hope the number of women scoring the highest exam results in the exams will hopefully inspire more females to consider chartered accountancy as a profession and career path.

In the recent release of exam results, all the best results in advanced levels were women, and will win prizes for their efforts. Their capabilities to reach the top of the rankings have been gradually increasing, and towards the end of last year over three quarters (78%) of the best grades were obtained by women.

ICAEW’s analysis also shows the highest number of top-performing students came from PwC, with female trainees winning four awards, for exams specifically in business strategy, audit and assurance, financial management and financial accounting and reporting.

The institute says overall pass rates were high across the board this year, with 93% of candidates passing business strategy and 86.9% of students passing audit & assurance papers. PwC, KPMG, and E&Y were all included in the Times’ Newspapers Top 50 Employers for Women 2015, a list which identifies and ranks associations that are leading on workplace gender equality.