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Stunning exam success for staff

27 September, 2021

  • Record results this year with a pass rate of 90%, 13% above the national average
  • 221 newly qualified accountants in the firm today
  • Have secured first place and Gold Medal for three years running
  • Six of the top 10 positions are PwC

PwC is celebrating stunning exam results today in Ireland's top accountancy exams. Not only have PwC students secured first, joint second and joint eight positions, they have also achieved first place for three years running and have been awarded six of the top ten places for two years running. PwC has 221 newly qualified accountants today, with a pass rate of 90%, 13 points ahead of the national average of 77%.

A long-exposure photo of the PwC office in Dublin, Ireland during the day.

Top PwC FAE recipients are:

  • Mary McCabe, Dublin Assurance, not only wins first place in Ireland but has also won the Ulster Society Diamond Jubilee Award and Gold Medal; not only is this the third year in a row that PwC has secured first place overall in Ireland but also third year in a row for the Gold Medal. This Gold Medal is a rare achievement with only 26 being awarded in the last 132 years.
  • Lisa Barry, Dublin Assurance, Ross Duffy and Joshua O'Neill, Dublin Tax, all secured second place.
  • Daniel Maguire, Dublin Assurance and Cathal Nolan, Dublin Advisory, win joint eighth position.

The Chartered Accountancy Ireland Final Admitting Exams (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.

The news today continues to build on PwC's track record for securing top ten exam placements in chartered accountancy. PwC secured first place for three years running and six of the top 10 places for the last two years. PwC has 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 including during COVID-19, 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: "These are stunning results and a huge congratulations to all of our people today who have achieved exam success. At our core, PwC is a learning organisation so results days like these are so important to us. This has again been a very challenging year for our people doing exams and these are fantastic results in incredible circumstances. As a firm where skills and talent are one of our top priorities, days like this endorse our investment in education and in digital skills".

Notes to editors

About the Chartered Accountants Ireland FAE exams

For more information see the Chartered Accountants Ireland website.

Graduate programme 2022

We are currently recruiting for our graduate programme 2022. We are looking for graduates from a wide variety of disciplines to join our Assurance, Advisory and Tax departments. We have positions in our Cork, Dublin, Galway, Kilkenny, Limerick, Waterford and Wexford offices. Apply at

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