A recent survey by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) has found that lack of time is the main factor hindering Continuing Professional Development (CPD) among accounting and finance staff.

In a survey of more than 1500 AAT members, over half of respondents listed a lack of time as the most common reason for neglecting their professional development.

The research also found that members typically take sole responsibility for planning their learning and development. Sixty-five per cent admitted as such, with 30% of members planning jointly with their managers.

James Price, Benefits and Services Manager at AAT, comments on the results: ‘We all lead busy lives and unfortunately our professional development is often overlooked.

‘Adopting a habit of lifelong learning is one of the best things we can do as professionals, as it allows us to update our skills and knowledge and offer a quality service to employers and clients alike.’

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