Record exam success for PwC staff

25 September, 2020

  • Record results this year with pass rate of 92%, up 7% on the national average
  • Have secured first place and Gold Medal for two years running
  • Six of the top ten positions are PwC

PwC is celebrating a record-breaking year of success with Ireland's top accountancy exams. Not only have members of the PwC team been awarded the top place for the second year running in Final Admitting Examinations (FAEs) but this year, they have also secured six of the top ten positions for highest exam results, all on their first attempt. PwC has 253 newly qualified accountants today, with a pass rate of 92%, seven points ahead of the national average of 85%.

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Top-awarded FAE recipients are:

  • Caroline Kealey (Tax team, Dublin) 1st place, Ulster Society Diamond Jubilee Award and Gold Medal
  • Sarah O'Sullivan, (Tax team, Dublin), 3rd place, Harold F Bell Memorial Award
  • Patric Evason, (Assurance team, Galway), 6th Place
  • Nicole Daly, (Assurance team, Cork), 7th Place
  • Sally McConkey, (Assurance team, Dublin), 8th place
  • Jack Kelly, (Tax team, Cork), 9th place

The Chartered Accountancy Ireland Final Admitting Examinations (FAE) are the culmination of three to four years working to secure this qualification through a combination of these professional exams and practical accounting experience.

With Caroline's top placement in the exams, she also wins the Ulster Society Diamond Jubilee Award and Gold Medal. This Gold Medal is a rare achievement with only 25 being awarded in the last 131 years. This is the second year in a row that a member of the PwC team has been awarded this Gold Medal.

The news today continues to build on PwC's track record for securing top ten exam placements in chartered accountancy. Last year, PwC secured five of the top 10 places including first place and consistently secured results well above the national pass rate every year.

As one of Ireland's top graduate employers, recruiting around 350 graduates every year, PwC provides a multi-year programme of exam and training support for those who decide to undertake these professional level qualifications. This exam and training support has also been an award winner in its own right, securing silver and gold positions for the Gradireland Training and Development award in the last two years.

Speaking to the exam results, Managing Partner Feargal O'Rourke said, "At our core, PwC is a learning organisation so results days like these are so important to us. This has been, of course, a very challenging year for our people sitting exams—and these are incredible results in incredible circumstances. A huge congratulations to our team for their success today—and to those who have supported them with this work. As a firm that focuses on skills and and talent, days like this endorse our investment in education and in digital skills".

Notes to editors

About the Chartered Accountancy Ireland FAE exams

Visit the Chartered Accountancy Ireland website for more information.

Our Graduate programme 2021

We are currently recruiting for our Graduate programme. We are looking for graduates from a wide variety of disciplines to join our Assurance, Risk Assurance and Tax departments. We have positions in our Cork, Dublin, Galway, Kilkenny, Limerick, Waterford and Wexford offices.


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