By Ruoro Kairu
According to the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK), there are more than 20,000 unregistered accountants in the country. This means there are only 22,000 duly qualified and registered accountants.
In late 2018, ICPAK focused on formarly registering all accountants, as well as taking lawful measures against accountants who had not followed the registration guidelines. This was to be enforced through the signing of the Finance Act Bill of 2018.
The law was intended to get rid of false accountants in the market. According to Edwin Makori, the Chief Executive at ICPAK, the law has been successful in registering more accountants. However, he also notes most accountants –though registered, do not have the basic accounting skills.
If you have just joined the job market as an accountant, there are a few key abilities that will increase your chances of getting a job. These are the skills and abilities that many employers are looking at while screening candidates.