Statistics and pipeline information
This section includes both the national population demographic statistics and the membership demographic statistics as at 31 December 2006. The ultimate objective for the CA profession is to ensure firstly that the there is membership growth through representativity both in terms of race and gender and secondly that growth in the membership numbers continues.
In order to achieve this, the CA profession will need to ensure that the pipeline, consisting of all aspiring CAs (that is, students in the system at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and candidates presenting themselves for the Qualifying Examination) are representative of the demographics and achieve equal pass percentages. The same principle applies to the continuation into learnerships. To this end baseline statistics have been included which will form the start of the pipeline, and provide an objective basis for monitoring by the Charter Council.