What this means in practice

by delivering our strategic outcomes (Attract, Develop, Sustain and Lead), ACCA and our qualification will be seen as leading the profession in innovation and quality. This means ACCA will be the most sought-after global designation in the profession and the clear choice for individuals and employers seeking an internationally recognised professional accountancy qualification.

Strategic measure applied

number of members

Why we use this measure

the expertise and ethics of our members are the main way we create value. The number who invest in our qualification shows the value and utility of our brand in the global marketplace.

Five-year performance Prior year actuals Current year actuals Targets
2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2018-19 2019-20
# of members 178,169 188,837 198,614 208,549 219,031 218,000 226,400
Year-on-year growth rate (%) 5.1 5.9 5.5 5.0 5.0 3.4

Five-year performance

2014-15 178,169 5.1 2015-16 188,837 5.9 2016-17 198,614 5.5 2017-18 208,549 5.0
2018-19 219,031 5.0
2018-19 218,000 2019-20 226,400 3.4

We’ve seen another strong year of member growth, reflecting the continued value of the ACCA designation across the global marketplace. We reached 219,031 members globally, sustaining last year’s annual growth rate of 5%. We exceeded both our expectations for new members – welcoming over 15,000 to our ranks for the second successive year – and our member retention expectations.

We reached 219,031 members globally, sustaining last year’s annual growth rate of 5%.

This means we reversed the declining trend of member retention seen in recent years, improving year-on-year retention by 0.3% to 97.7% globally.

In the coming year, we expect most of our key member markets to continue to grow. Because of fewer new affiliates this year – as a result of transitional behaviours around the introduction of our new Strategic Professional exams – we will see the rate of new member growth slow down. Following above-expectation performance, we also expect the major markets of UK and Hong Kong to return to normal historic levels as a result of national economic drivers. Nevertheless, we are still targeting a healthy growth rate of 3.4%, year-on-year.