Singapore candidate takes World Prize once again

Jackson Lim of PwC Singapore has once again come out top at the ICAEW global examination. At the June 2014 exam sitting, Jackson was awarded the Little prize for first place in ICAEW’s global Taxation examination. This is the second global prize for Jackson this year and he remains the first and only locally trained candidate to top the worldwide leader board in the internationally-recognised qualification.

SINGAPORE, 13 August 2014 - A total of almost 4,000 students from across the world sat the June 2014 Professional examinations, which ensures students have a firm understanding of accounting concepts and principles and the ability to apply technical knowledge in real-life scenarios. The Little prize is awarded to the candidate who achieves the highest marks for the Taxation exam, one of the more challenging papers with a pass rate of 65.6%.

Jackson continues to be among the highest scorers globally. In March 2014, he received the Spicer and Pegler prize for first place in ICAEW’s global Financial Accounting examination. Jackson also achieved the highest mark in Singapore for Audit and Assurance in 2013. Speaking of his achievement, Jackson said, “I am extremely proud to be the first Singapore trained  candidate to be awarded first place on the worldwide leader board of the ACA qualification. The combination of work experience with PwC and studying for the ACA has improved my ability to analyse issues in greater depth and think both critically and creatively in developing solutions which is key to my role as a Senior Tax Consultant.”

The graduate from Nanyang Polytechnic and Nanyang Technological University has one more exam at the Professional Level to complete before moving on to the Advanced Level of ICAEW’s ACA (Associate Chartered Accountant) qualification.

The ICAEW chartered accountancy qualification, the ACA, is held by over 142,000 members across more than 160 countries. It is one of the most advanced learning and professional development programmes available. Its integrated components provide individuals with an in-depth understanding across accountancy, finance and business. Combined, they help build the technical knowledge, professional skills and practical experience needed to become an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.

“PwC associates from around the world have been known to top the ACA exams. Jackson has once again done us proud against a global cohort. It is talent like Jackson which bolsters Singapore’s position as a strategic base to meet the needs of both our local and regional clients,” said Sam Kok Weng, Human Capital Partner, PwC Singapore, “We are very proud of Jackson and look forward to working with ICAEW to provide the training to the next generation of business leaders.”

“Top grade skills and training are important as Singapore moves to becoming a global accountancy hub,” said Mark Billington, Regional Director, ICAEW South East Asia. “The ACA is designed to equip talented individuals with the necessary skills to excel in a global workforce.”

“Jackson’s success in an exam on taxation, a complex area, is testament to the quality and competence of our ACA candidates in Singapore. We are very proud and happy to celebrate this achievement with him, and are confident that Singaporeans will continue to take top prizes at the international exams.”


From left to right: Sam Kok Weng, Human Capital Partner, PwC Singapore, Mark Billington, Regional Director, ICAEW South East Asia, Jackson Lim, Yeoh Oon Jin, Executive Chairman, PwC Singapore



  1. ICAEW is a world leading professional membership organisation that promotes, develops and supports over 142,000 chartered accountants worldwide. We provide qualifications and professional development, share our knowledge, insight and technical expertise, and protect the quality and integrity of the accountancy and finance profession.

    As leaders in accountancy, finance and business our members have the knowledge, skills and commitment to maintain the highest professional standards and integrity. Together we contribute to the success of individuals, organisations, communities and economies around the world.

    Because of us, people can do business with confidence.
  2. ICAEW is a founder member of Chartered Accountants Worldwide and the Global Accounting Alliance.

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