Accounting for uncertainty: Performance is expected to be constrained in the current year

The industry is comprised of two distinct service segments. Accounting services include the preparation of financial accounts and the generation of financial statements. Auditing services mainly involve the process of externally reviewing a company’s financial statements in order to guarantee their accuracy. External audits account for approximately 58.2% of industry revenue. Industry participants also provide internal auditing services, which are mainly carried out for the benefit of management. The industry is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 3.5% over the five years through 2018-19 to reach £5.5 billion. Growth has been supported by generally strong levels of business capital expenditure throughout the period...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
£5.5bn
Annual Growth 14-19
3.5%
Forecast Growth 19-24
Profit
Employment
48,811
Businesses
5,467

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Economic instability is expected to hamper the industry’s performance in the current year
  • A number of scandals have led to significant fines being imposed on industry operators in recent years
  • The UK’s exit from the European Union could lead to disruption in the industry’s key markets
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The Accounting and Auditing industry is characterised by a medium level of market share concentration, with the largest four players expected to account for 63.1% of industry revenue in 2018-19. Concentration is much higher for the auditing segment of the industry, and the level of concentration has been increasing for many years. In the mid-1990’s the concentration of the Big Four in the audit market was approximately 60%, increasing to 67% in 2002. Since then, the number of firms operating in this segment of the industry has continued to decline, causing the share of revenue accruing to the Big Four firms to reach approximately 83%. Currently, the Big Four accounting firms audit approximately 98% of the FTSE 350 companies, and 99 of Britain’s 100 largest firms...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Accounting & Auditing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Accounting & Auditing Industry are

  • Having a good reputation
  • Having a loyal customer base
  • Ability to compete on tender
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Business capital expenditure and Number of businesses in the Accounting & Auditing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Accounting & Auditing Industry?

    Firms in this industry prepare and examine financial accounts and are responsible for the certification of their accuracy. The industry does not include bookkeeping activities (see IBISWorld report M69.202) or budgetary control activities (see IBISWorld report M70.229).

    Industry Products
  • External audit
  • Internal audit
  • Financial accounting
  • Management accounting
  • Industry Activities
  • Preparation of financial accounts
  • Examination of financial accounts
  • Certification of financial accounts
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Business capital expenditure
  • Number of businesses
  • FTSE 100
  • Mergers and acquisitions involving UK companies
  • IT and telecommunications adoption

  • Current Performance
  • New legislation
  • Accounting scandals
  • Technological advancement
  • Profit and people
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Audit reforms
  • The labour market
  • Moving accounts
  • Account alterations
  • Fee increases
  • Table: Accounting & Auditing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Accounting & Auditing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Banks
  • General Insurance

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Post-Graduate Level Higher Education
  • Renting and Operating of Own or Leased Real Estate
  • Universities

  • Products & Services
  • External audit
  • Internal audit
  • Financial accounting
  • Management accounting
  • Chart: Accounting & Auditing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Financial services sector
  • Industrial sector
  • Consumer business
  • IT, media and communications sector
  • Other industries
  • Manufacturing sector
  • Public sector
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Accounting & Auditing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitWagesPurchasesLegal adviceOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Accounting & Auditing

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Accounting & Auditing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Ernst & Young LLP, Deloitte LLP, KPMG LLP,
  • Table: PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP - financial performance
  • Table: Ernst & Young LLP - financial performance
  • Table: Deloitte LLP - financial performance
  • Table: KPMG LLP - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Accounting & Auditing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Accounting & Auditing Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Auditing
  • Reviewing a company's financial operations to ensure regulatory compliance.
  • Management Accounting
  • The preparation of financial reports and information for use by an organisation's management.
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act
  • Legislation that addresses conflicts of interest in cases where an accounting firm both audits and provides consulting services to the same client.
  • The Big Four
  • The major firms in the industry: PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, KPMG and Ernst & Young.
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