Professional associations, reference sources, specialist libraries and websites
UK professional accounting associations
- Association of Accounting Technicians
This is an established and well-respected professional membership body.
- Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
Leading professional international accountancy body with information on careers and qualifications, training, events plus articles on accounting related topics.
- Association of Taxation Technicians
This is the leading professional body for those providing tax compliance services and related activities in the UK.
- Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
A membership body that offers an internationally recognised professional qualification in management accountancy.
- Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy
The only professional body that specialises in the public sector, it is responsible for the education and training of professional accountants and for their regulation through the setting and monitoring of professional standards.
- Chartered Institute of Taxation
The professional body for Chartered Tax Advisors.
- Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
ICAEW is the largest professional accountancy body in Europe, provides a news information service, an area for accountancy students, a section on policy and also on ethics and professional standards.
- Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland
- Institute of Internal Auditors
The professional body for internal auditing works to support, promote and train professionals.
European & international professional associations
- International Federation of Accountants
IFAC is the global body for the accounting profession. A key commitment is to develop high quality international accounting standards as well as to promote ethical practice.
UK & Irish professional banking & finance associations & authorities
- British Accounting and Finance Association
Professional organisation devoted to improving the competitive position of financial services companies through education and research.
- British Bankers' Association
Acts as the principal trade association for banks operating in the UK as well as a leading representative body in the financial services sector. Good source for banking statistics.
- Building Societies Association
Represents mutual lenders and deposit takers across the UK, including all UK building societies. Contains mortgage lending and savings statistics
- Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland
The oldest banking Institute in the world, the Institute is Scotland's leading provider of Professional Qualifications to the financial services sector.
- The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)
Operates on behalf of the insurance and financial services industry.
The CII promote training and development opportunities for its members with substantial information about career possibilities. The News section provides updates on developments.
- Institute of Bankers in Ireland
Professional and educational body for people working in the banking and financial services sector in Ireland.
- Irish Bank Officials Association
IBOA is the leading trade union representing staff in Ireland's banking and finance industry.
- UK Finance
UK Finance is made up of a number of associations related to banking and finance.
Banking & finance authorities
- Bank of England
The Bank is committed to promoting and maintaining monetary and financial stability as its contribution to a healthy economy.
- European Financial Integration Reports
The European Commission regularly monitors developments in the EU financial sector. Links to reports published by the Commission on EU financial integration, European financial stability issues and EU financial services policy.
- The Financial Conduct Authority (PRA)
This is an independent non-governmental body, given statutory powers by the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.
- Financial Sector Continuity (UK)
This website has been established by the UK's three monetary authorities (HM Treasury, the Bank of England and the Financial Services Authority) to provide a central point of information about work on continuity planning that is relevant to the UK's financial sector.
- Initiative on Global Markets
Looks at international business, financial markets and the role of policies and institutions in the context of the global economy. Includes details of research topics, an archive of working papers, and details of academics working for the Initiative plus news and events.
- HM Treasury
The UK’s economics and finance ministry is responsible for formulating and implementing the Government's financial and economic policy.
- Independent Banking Advisory Service
Advises on specialist UK Business Banking, Corporate banking, SME Business Banking disputes, banking mistakes, bank errors, bank charges, bank overdrafts, bank loans, financial or bank guarantees, bank mortgages, bank lending security problems and disputes on bank accounts.
- The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA)
Responsible for the prudential regulation of banking and finance institutions in UK.
European & international banking associations
- American Bankers Association
The association represents banks of all sizes on issues of national importance for financial institutions and their customers.
- Arab Bankers Association
Seeks to develop ties between Arab professionals working in the financial services sector as well as to encourage the exchange of views, information and expertise between the banking and financial sectors in the Arab world, and their counterparts in the United Kingdom and other countries.
- Bankers' Association of Finance and Trade
A financial trade association whose membership represents a broad range of internationally active financial institutions and companies that provide important services to the global financial community.
- Committee of European Banking Supervisors
Advises the European Commission on banking policy issues and promotes convergence of supervisory practice across European Union.
- European Banking Federation
As the voice of the European banking sector, it represents the interests of over 4500 European banks from 29 national Banking Associations.
- European Payments Council
This is the decision-making and coordination body of the European banking industry in relation to payments.
- Institute of International Bankers
The Institute is devoted exclusively to representing and advancing the interests of the international banking community in the United States.
- Insurance Information Institute, US
Provides information on the property/casualty insurance industry in the US. As well as providing a searchable catalogue of their publications, with a summary and commentary on the recent financial results for the US property/casualty insurance industry.
- International Banking Federation
The banking associations of Europe, the United States, Australia and Canada have joined forces to establish the IBF. It acts as a key international forum to address legislative, regulatory and other issues where there is a common interest and where it affects the banking industry globally.
- European Cooperative Banking Association
Promote co-operation among co-operative banks in europe.
International development banks and organisations
- African Development Bank
ADB is Africa’s premier development finance institution which is dedicated to combating poverty and improving living conditions across the continent. It also engages in mobilizing resources for the economic and social progress of its Regional Member Countries. The Bank’s mission is to promote economic and social development through loans, equity investments and technical assistance.
- Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
APEC Member Economies work together to sustain economic growth, in the Asia-Pacific region, through a commitment to open trade, investment and economic reform.
- Asian Development Bank
The work of the ADB is aimed at improving the welfare of the people in Asia and the Pacific, those living on less than $2 a day.
- Bureau of Economic Analysis
BEA is a US government agency that prepares national, regional, industry, and international accounts that present essential information on such key issues as economic growth, regional economic development, inter-industry relationships, and the US's position in the world economy.
- Department for International Development
The (DFID) is the part of the UK Government that manages Britain's aid to poor countries and works to get rid of extreme poverty.
- Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
ECLAC, is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations. Its purposes is to contribute to the economic development of Latin America, and reinforce economic relationships among the countries and with other nations of the world.
- International Finance Corporation
The International Finance Corporation is the private sector arm of the World Bank Group. IFC provides loans, equity, structured finance and risk management products, and advisory services to build the private sector in developing countries.
- International Monetary Fund
It was established to promote international monetary cooperation, exchange stability, and orderly exchange arrangements; to foster economic growth and high levels of employment; and to provide temporary financial assistance to countries to help ease balance of payments adjustment.
- Middle East Economic Digest
MEED is internationally recognised as providing essential information for anyone doing business in, or with, the Middle East and North Africa.
MEED can be accessed and searched via Business Source Ultimate.
- United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
UNCTAD promotes the development and friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy. This site also has statistics for FDI and news and information on many trade related topics.
- WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources
This is a frequently updated Internet directory of over 2000 annotated links to high-quality English-language sources of information and analysis in a wide range of international affairs, international relations, international studies, global studies, and global education topics. These sites are carefully selected for their long-term value, favouring those with cost-free, authoritative information and analysis online
- World Bank
Acts as a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. It is not a bank in the common sense. World Bank is made up of two unique development institutions owned by 185 member countries.
- World Fact Book
Economic, geographic, political and military information and stats on countries around the world.
- World Health Organisation
WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.
Reference sources for statistics and research
- BP Statistical Review of World Energy
Contains latest statistical review, figures on consumption by energy type, historical data and projections of long term energy trends.
- UK Data Service
This s a national data service that promotes and supports the use of social science data in research and teaching providing preservation, dissemination, user support and training. Registration required.
Free access to the Economist Intelligence Unit's latest data, analysis and forecasts, webinars and our Global Forecasting Service. Registration required.
- FDI Statistics
FDI and merger & acquisitions statistics compiled by UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development). Manipulate the data you need by country, year and economy. This can then be transferred in to graphs and charts.
International Monetary Fund provides a comprehensive range of statistical and other information. International Financial Statistics (IFS), Direction of Trade Statistics (DOTS), Balance of Payments Statistics (BOPS) and Government Financial Statistics (GFS) are available via the UK Data Service.
- The International Labour Organization (ILO)
The ILO is the tripartite UN agency that brings together governments, employers and workers of its member states in common action to promote decent work throughout the world.
- Migration Policy Institute
Statistics on migration. Choose the country of your choice to see statistics on number of migrants, nationality of migrants etc.
- OECD Statistics Portal
The Statistics Portal provides free access to some OECD databases as well as extracts from all other databases, classified by topic. Statistics compiled for the analysis of economic and social developments. OECD FactBlog
The OECD Factblog aims to present the work of the OECD in charts and graphs.
The site also links to Twitter channels, blogs and social media sites maintained by the OECD.
- Online OECD Employment database
Producesof datasets describing the labour market. It covers labour market outcomes, the quality of jobs and labour market policies. Specific indicators covered include: unemployment duration, discouraged workers, working time, temporary employment, union membership etc. Each indicator links to one or more areas of relevant OECD data.
- Office of National Statistics
The (ONS) is the government department responsible for collecting and publishing official statistics about the UK's society and economy.
Browse free data sets on Quandl. Acts as a repository of time-series data on the internet, tailored for academics, researchers, students and other data professionals. It allows you to quickly access numerical data in any format you want. Over 7 million time-series datasets in the domains of economics, finance and demography from a variety of reliable public sources: every single dataset comes with a link back to its original source, so users can always validate and attribute the data correctly.
Find data for commodities, futures, stock indexes, interest rates, currencies; data on real estate, energy, health, education, economics, demography and society; country-specific data for 200 countries including global stock markets; corporate data and financial ratios going back up to 10 years
Contains reports providing overviews on industries, economics, forecasts and country statistics. Also provides reports on current business, media trends including digital markets.
- UK Data Service (ESDS) via the Library Catalogue
Useful source for obtaining International Macrodata from international statistical agencies.
- United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Comparable data for Europe, North America and Central Asia. It covers economics, transport, gender and forestry, with specific datasets covering topics such as industrial production, biological diversity, work-life balance and transport infrastructure. It is maintained by the Statistical Division of the UNECE Secretariat. It provides free access to data structured to facilitate easy retrieval of statistics by users. It is organised by subject or policy areas. Multi-dimensional tables present data by country, by various socio-economic classifications related to the context, and by time period. Users can register to get quick access to previously saved data tables.
Search engine for numerical data that displayed as graphs, charts and tables.
Reference sources & working papers for economics
Centre for Business Research publications.
- Economist Online
Showcases some of the world's leading institutions, their scholars and their academic publications and datasets; contains over 900,000 bibliographic references, many with links to open access full text; combines content with RePEc archives to provide a new information service to the economist; is run by the Nereus consortium and co-funded by the European Union.
- International Monetary Fund
Publications website including policy and working papers.
- Kellogg School of Management
The International Business & Markets Research Center working paper series is available for downloads in pdf format.
- Lancaster University Working Papers
Lancaster University Management School publishes its own series of research working papers, many of which are available for free download.
London Business School produce a regular series of working papers on a number of areas.
Links to Working Papers in Business.
New York University, Salomon Center for Research in Financial Institutions and Markets.
- RePEc: Research Papers in Economics
Collaborative volunteer effort to enhance the dissemination of research in economics.
- World Bank e-Library
This is one of the most comprehensive collections in the area of social and economic development. It is an electronic portal to the World Bank’s full-text collection of final, peer-reviewed versions of books, reports, journal articles and working papers. It brings together, in a fully-indexed and cross-searchable database, and in PDF format, over 6000 titles published by the World Bank since 2000, as well as every new title as it becomes available in print. Useful for statistics too.
Jobs on banking & finance websites
- Bank of England jobs
Recruitment website for the Bank of England.
This is the new, independent membership body for promoting the UK-based financial and professional services industry.
- City Jobs
Search and apply for current vacancies with top City finance companies and recruitment agencies. Covers recruitment in Banking, Accounting / Accountancy, Insurance, Financial Services, and Finance related IT / Financial Marketing positions.
- eFinancial Careers
Graduate recruitment, jobs in banks, finance, accounting and investment.
- Inside Careers
In collaboration with other professional bodies produces a range of career guides on banking, financial services, insurance etc.
- Women in Banking and Finance
WIBF is a non-profit making leading professional organisation committed to empowering its members in the banking and finance industry to realise their full potential.
Jobs on economics websites
This is a job search engine for the United Kingdom. Look for graduate jobs on Careerjet.
Jobs in international development, NGO and the environmental sectors.
Econ-Jobs.com lists jobs for economists, business and finance students from all around the world. It is used by many prestigious employers. It also allows job seekers to create an online resume which allows them to be headhunted by employers.
- Government Economic Service (GES)
UK’s largest recruiter of economists with over 1000 professionals in more than 30 departments and agencies.
- IMF Videos
The IMF monitors the world's economies, lends to members in economic difficulty, and provides technical assistance. By adding visual content to their economics data the IMF aims at helping students to understand complex current issues.
IMF Videos are free to use and to re-post. Students can browse all videos available or search for a particular topic using the search box.
- Policy Jobs
An internet resource for job vacancies, fellowships and internships in public, social and economic policy research.
- World Service Enquiry
World Service Enquiry is an organisation offering information and personal advice to people who are interested in working in International Development.
Specialist Libraries for Economics
- British Library
The British Library reference collections are available at the St Pancras Reading Rooms. The British Library at St Pancras is a research library and the Reading Rooms are for reference only. Students and researchers are normally asked to demonstrate specific research requirements before being allowed admission, so consult the British Library catalogue before your visit.
Access is free but only to materials not available elsewhere. Admission forms can be downloaded from the main British Library web site.
- Economic History Library
The Goldsmiths'' Library of Economic History is the part of the Historic Collections of Senate House Library. Material from the Goldsmiths'' Library has to be requested from the staff in Special Collections, and must be consulted in the Palaeography reading room. Advance notice is helpful to assist in ensuring that material is available when required.
- Guildhall Library
For economic history, it holds runs of many investment, financial and economic journals and also the London Stock Exchange and Lloyd’s collections. It is a public reference library.
The British Library of Political and Economic Science is the working Library of the London School of Economics and Political Science. It is one of the largest libraries in the world devoted to the economic and social sciences.
Access using the Sconul access scheme.