The number of women in accounting has almost doubled since 1998, according to the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Women now account for 30 percent of Chartered Accountants in Australia, jumping from a mere 19.7 percent in 1998.
According to senior member for accounting and financial services firm Azure Group, Jacqueline Butler, there has been a shift in the once male dominated industry of accounting over the past decade.
“When I started in accounting there was very much a boy’s club mentality,” said Butler, “Now this has shifted and it is interesting that is has become the bigger accounting firms that have led the way when it comes to promoting women to more senior roles.”
According to the PricewaterhouseCoopers website, PWC has made the involvement of women in their company a global priority and have established a General Advisory Council to ensure gender diversity and help women climb the corporate ladder.
Butler believes that women are well suited to the field of accounting due to the high level of client work involved.
“Women accountants are generally well suited to a high level of client work because of their communication skills and also a nurturing side that wants to see their clients do well and succeed.”
Butler has been a member of the Azure Group for three years, a company that adopts a non-discriminatory approach to recruitment. Women make up 66 percent of the Azure Team group, with two or three directors being women.