Balanced development: Do-it-yourself accounting software poses both a threat and opportunity

Firms in the Bookkeeping industry record commercial transactions on behalf of companies and other organisations. Small- and medium-size firms are vital markets for the industry, accounting for over 50% of revenue. Over the five years through 2017-18, generally improving economic conditions following the economic downturn supported an increasing number of firms operating in the United Kingdom. This led to an expanding potential client base for industry operators. Additionally, average levels of business profit in the United Kingdom have risen, further enabling more firms to outsource back-office activities. These trends strongly increased demand for industry services over the first half of the current five-year more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Accounting software allows small and medium-size firms to manage their books in-house
  • Bookkeeping professionals can use new technology to serve more clients
  • Demand for value-added services is expected to improve in line with profit margins
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    The Bookkeeping industry caters to businesses that prefer to outsource labour-intensive back-office bookkeeping activities and focus on their core activities. Industry revenue is estimated to increase at a compound annual rate of 3.3% over the five years through 2017-18, to reach £2.5 billion. Rising numbers of businesses operating in the United Kingdom and generally improving business profit expanded the industry’s client base and encouraged more downstream companies to outsource back-office activities. The industry performed particularly well at the beginning of the period, recording revenue growth of over 13% in 2013-14 and 2014-15. However, the industry’s performance is expected to have slowed in the latter years of the period, and in 2015-16 revenue fell by 5%. Thi...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Bookkeeping Industry

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

  • Receiving the benefit of word of mouth recommendations
  • Qualified work force
  • Company's product is user/consumer friendly
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Business profit and Number of businesses in the Bookkeeping industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Bookkeeping Industry?

    Firms in the Bookkeeping industry record commercial transactions for businesses and other organisations for the purpose of record keeping and accounting. The industry does not include the provision of management consultancy or accounting services.

    Industry Products
  • Maintaining transaction records
  • Producing financial reports
  • Performing reconciliations
  • Online bookkeeping and cloud accounting
  • Industry Activities
  • Maintaining daybooks
  • Maintaining petty cash books
  • Keeping journals
  • Maintaining ledgers
  • Chasing debt and credit control
  • Calculating quarterly VAT returns
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Business profit
  • Number of businesses
  • Business confidence index
  • IT and telecommunications adoption
  • Real effective exchange rate

  • Current Performance
  • Software and skills
  • Overseas competition
  • Regulatory change
  • Maintaining margins
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Rising demand
  • Overseas competition
  • Ongoing online growth
  • Profit margins
  • Table: Bookkeeping Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Bookkeeping Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Software Development
  • Legal Activities
  • Accounting & Auditing
  • Financial Management

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Data Processing & Hosting Services
  • Renting and Operating of Own or Leased Real Estate
  • Software Development
  • Universities

  • Products & Services
  • Maintaining transaction records
  • Online bookkeeping and cloud accounting
  • Producing financial reports
  • Performing reconciliations
  • Chart: Bookkeeping Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Economic conditions
  • Technological change

  • Major Markets
  • Small- and medium-size businesses
  • Accounting firms
  • Large businesses
  • Public-sector organisations
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Bookkeeping Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Bookkeeping

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

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Bookkeeping 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 Bookkeeping Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Cloud Computing
  • Online virtual storage space where remote users can access and process data.
  • Offshoring
  • Outsourcing non-core business activities to a location outside the home country. This practice is typically pursued to take advantage of low production or labour costs.
  • Outsourcing
  • Using external service providers to perform non-core business functions.
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