According to the institute, 77% of top scorers in the Advanced Level exam last November were women. This year the figure rose to 100%. This has been recognised by the ICAEW and the students will all win prizes for their accomplishments.
The largest number of top performers came from PwC, with others coming from Hagen Streiff Newton & Oshiro Accountants, KPMG, and Deloitte.
With the upsurge in women performing well in their exams, ICAEW hopes that it will encourage more to consider accountancy as a career choice.
Women account for approximately 35% of students, according to figures collected by accounting watchdog the FRC.
At boardroom level there’s also been a push to introduce more women to the top end of the career path – and recently, the recruiter Egon Zehnder revealed their own ‘female CFO drive’.
The pass rates for this year’s exams have been incredibly high with 87.1% of students passing Audit and Assurance exams, and 92% passing Business Strategy.
Mark Protherough, ICAEW executive director for learning and professional development said: “Women are demonstrating real excellence when it comes to chartered accountancy exams. At this stage of entering the profession, it’s women who are dominating the top scores and they are role models for all women thinking about taking up chartered accountancy. Our qualification is known for creating business leaders, and I hope these scores mean we see a stream of female business leaders in the future.”
He then followed on to congratulate all students, as the results were “phenomenal” across all papers.