By Daniel Hunter

A recent survey of accountancy graduates has found that more than 87% of them are currently in employment, and more than half of them believe the job opportunities in Ireland are currently good or very good.

The study, conducted by CPA Ireland of their own student membership, also showed the students are generally positively disposed to their future here in Ireland, with 78% saying they intend to remain in the country once they qualify.

Commenting on the results of the survey, Ciara Murphy, Marketing Executive with CPA Ireland said: "Considering the gloomy economic and labour market forecasts of recent times, these results are very welcome, and reflect the range of opportunities for accountancy graduates right across the country. Of our 2012 graduate pool, 98% are currently in employment, revealing that there is no shortage of demand for professionally trained accountants with a reputable qualification."

Of those surveyed, over 32% listed the flexible study options as their main reason for studying CPA, followed by job opportunities at 30% and reputation at nearly 25%. Other reasons for choosing the CPA qualification included recommendations from other professionals or CPAs and for the worldwide opportunities available with the internationally recognised qualification.

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