Chartered Accountant Salaries Remain Strong, With Notable Increase In Packages For Newly Qualified Professionals

Average salary package in Leinster of €118,000 – with 80% expecting a raise in the next 12 months

Annual survey from Chartered Accountants Ireland Leinster Society and Barden shows high job satisfaction, with flexible & hybrid key for respondents 

Earning potential for chartered accountants working in Leinster remains strong, with an average salary package this year of €118,578. The results of a new survey published today shows a notable increase in the average salary package of newly-qualified Chartered Accountants, rising 6% to €62,866 compared to last year.

The survey of approximately 1,000 Chartered Accountants, launched today by Chartered Accountants Ireland Leinster Society in partnership with Barden, Ireland’s leading accounting and tax talent advisory and recruitment firm, provides the most up-to-date guide to Chartered Accountant salaries and employment prospects in the Leinster region.

Strong remuneration packages

The research, conducted by Coyne, shows earning potential across the profession remains strong, with €118,578 the average salary package for Chartered Accountants working across all sectors. This figure includes base salary, car or car allowance, and bonus. The remuneration package of members who qualified in the past two years increased by 6% from €58,967 in 2022 to €62,866 in 2023.

Almost 9 in 10 (89%) of respondents overall say their total remuneration has increased in the past three years, compared to 86% in 2022. Two in five (39%) said their salary had increased by more than 25% this year. And four in five claim their total remuneration is expected to increase within the next 12 months. As part of the remuneration package, over 60% expect to receive a bonus in 2023.

The vast majority (87%) of members have a pension, with employers contributing an average 9% of their salary. After basic salary, this pension contribution is the most valued part of their package for 50% of respondents.

High job satisfaction and flexibility

Job satisfaction was high across all the metrics amongst those surveyed, with 76% of members satisfied with their work environment (73% in 2022); 68% happy with the salary they receive (62% in 2022); and 64% happy with work/life balance (unchanged on 2022). Half of respondents have been promoted in the last three years, with promotion highest amongst those working in practice at 77%.

Flexibility has become embedded as a feature of working life, with 75% of respondents employing a hybrid working model, up 2% on 2022. Only 1 in 10 respondents express concern that time spent working remotely will impact on their career progression.  7 in 10 value location flexibility, and over half of all members value flexibility in the shape of their working day (compressed hours, core hours, flexitime).

Automation and productivity 

The survey also shows the accounting profession is benefiting from technological advances, with 70% believing automation will have a positive impact on their career and almost half believing AI and big data will free up capacity to focus on higher-value parts of the job.

Des Gibney, Chairperson of Chartered Accountants Ireland Leinster Society, said: 

“This year’s survey points to continued strong earning prospects for Chartered Accountants in Leinster. I’m particularly pleased to note the increase at the newly qualified level. This increase will play a crucial part in ensuring our profession remains attractive to the next generation – and will help us retain our top young talent in a very competitive market.

“I am also really pleased to see automation being so strongly embraced by respondents. Almost half agree that it will allow us to move further up the value chain in terms of the work that we do. This is already happening, with the work of Chartered Accountants transformed in recent years. It is really important that we communicate the breadth of opportunity in our profession to the next generation.”

Elaine Brady, Managing Partner at Barden, said:

“Despite the backdrop of almost constant uncertainty over the past 12 months, the demand for accounting talent seen in 2022 continued almost unabated. Standing out from the crowd and attracting this much sought after talent is a key challenge for companies throughout Ireland. Accurate data on reward can create competitive advantage for those who choose to use it, especially in times such as these. These insights can also help businesses and hiring managers to craft competitive reward structures to aid talent retention and to understand what is required when looking to attract talent externally.

“It is also extremely interesting to see that 10% of members are working fully remotely, while 75% of members have hybrid working arrangements. Companies that mandate 5 days in the office have been, and will continue to be, at a significant competitive disadvantage when trying to attract accounting talent. To mandate 5 days in the office is to effectively reduce the talent pool available to you by 85%.”

To download the full report click here.

Source: Chartered Accountants Ireland




Note to editors 

The survey was conducted by Coyne Research on behalf of Chartered Accountants Ireland Leinster Society, in partnership with Barden, between 19 July and 14 August 2023.

About Chartered Accountants Ireland Leinster Society  

Chartered Accountants Ireland Leinster Society is a district society of Chartered Accountants Ireland, representing over 16,000 Chartered Accountants throughout Leinster.

Chartered Accountants Ireland is Ireland’s leading professional accountancy body, representing over 32,000 members around the world and educating 7,000 students. The Institute aims to create opportunities for members and students, and ethical, sustainable prosperity for society. An all-island body, Chartered Accountants Ireland was established by Royal Charter in 1888 and now has members in more than 90 countries.

It is a founding member of Chartered Accountants Worldwide, the international network of over one million chartered accountants. It also plays key roles in the Global Accounting Alliance, Accountancy Europe and the International Federation of Accountants.

Chartered Accountants Ireland members provide leadership in business, the public sector and professional practice, bringing experience, expertise and strict standards to their work for, and with, businesses in every sector. Chartered Accountants Ireland engages with governments, policy makers and regulators on key issues affecting the profession and the wider economy.

About Barden

Barden is a partner led talent advisory and recruitment firm consumed with supporting companies that really know the value of their people. Barden’s expertise covers Accounting, & Tax, Business Support, Financial Services, Legal, Life Sciences, Supply Chain and Technology talent advisory and recruitment. Chartered Accountants specifically choose to join Barden in order to use their qualification in a different way.

Barden has proudly partnered with the Chartered Accountants Ireland Leinster Society, for the last seven years, to bring you the annual salary survey. Barden also works closely with Chartered Accountants Student Society of Ireland (CASSI) and Young Professionals to make sure their members get access to the right information, at the right time in order to make more informed decisions about their professional future.



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