For the 14th year in a row, The IIA is using its extraordinary reach to survey the internal audit profession in North America, and once again, the results shine a bright light on key trends, emerging risks and important opportunities for the profession. The 2022 North American Pulse of Internal Audit report has just been released, and it doesn’t disappoint!
This year, The IIA surveyed more than 500 senior internal audit leaders – more than 85% of whom are CAEs. Respondents were primarily from organizations headquartered in the United States (83%) and Canada (10%). As in past years, audit leaders were surveyed on key resource trends and internal audit’s plans and priorities. The report is organized around four key areas;
With more than a decade of data upon which to draw, the report paints a compelling picture of important trends:
Unlike reports from previous years, in which survey statistics were accompanied by extensive analysis, this year’s Pulse report is back to the basics in many ways. It is packed with data and an impressive array of graphs and charts depicting internal audit trends, including trends by sector and industry. It’s a perfect benchmarking tool for leading internal audit teams and those that are striving to get there.
As I reviewed the report, I was struck by several choice sections that shined a light on topics not routinely included in internal audit surveys:
This year’s Pulse is an important resource that can “keep on giving” for leaders of North American internal audit departments. For those of you in the rest of the world, I still would recommend reviewing this report for insights on how internal audit functions in some of the world’s largest companies are navigating the volatile and disruptive era we are all living through.