More than half of professional accountants have no knowledge of coding despite the clear benefits of developing programming skills.

According to ACCA’s report, Coding: as a professional accountant, why you should be interested, 57% of respondents had no knowledge of coding, although 40% expressed an interest in learning.

Coding (creating rules-based instructions that can be understood by a software programme) can be a valuable skillset, and there are various levels at which you can get involved, according to the report. They range from a high-level awareness of what it is, to being a user who can partner with specialists, and to more hands-on development of code itself.

The benefits of coding were identified by respondents as below.

‘Every professional accountant may not need to code, but a basic understanding can add value to their organisation, help to differentiate them and open up future career opportunities,’ states the ACCA report.