ACA/CA(ICAS or the irish one)>ACCA>CIMA…>CIPFA for your career, don’t let anyone convince you otherwise.
As ACA contracts are harder to get, as is getting into a big 4 - recruiters use it to screen applicants for jobs - you’ll often see “ACA” only or “Big 4 only” or must have degree 2:1 - this is to stop them having 10,000 applications arriving from Pakistan/india and loads of CVs from 50 year olds who are going to be useless at client facing work/marketing the firm. Sorry life is unfair but that is the way it goes.
Only ACA and ACCA can audit - but the reason ACA is more useful (as with ICAS and the irish one) is because its a member of GAA - global accounting alliance - this is the most useful thing if you are looking to emigrate or work abroad. ACCA is an international qualification - you can study it anywhere - but step into an australian/US/Japanese recruiters and they do not know what ACCA or ACA is - and you are immediately disadvantaging yourself in the job market.
I know a ACCA who has been trying to get work at the same level in Aus they had here for 2 years without any luck, only being offered trainee roles.
However if you are ACA (or ICAs or irish one) you are a member of GAA which means you automatically can join those countries top accounting bodies - 1 tax/law exam - no extra years qualification - unlike ACCA where you will have to do their whole qualification from scratch including 3 years PER!!!
This is what ACCA don’t tell you in their marketing hype of “internationality” - which is basically aggresively marketing in developing countries - by offering things like a free “oxford” degree…but being completely useless for getting a job unless maybe in Malaysia.
The only reason to do ACCA over ACA is becase you can’t get an ACA training contract - ACA exams have 4 sittings a year and 6 multiple choice so are actually easier to get started with and spread out than ACCA - they are both the same difficulty - i know because I switched halfway from ACCA to ACA.
CIMA/CiPFA - can’t audit - so they profess to be focus more on people etc - in CIPFA case its public sector blagging - so if you want a 20 hour flexi-week pretend unsackable job - do CIPFA - you’ll earn just as much as an ACA at a big 4 and probably more when you work out the hourly rate + benefits from being a public sector parasite. However you may get stuck in Barking and Dagenham, and have to face every day knowing you are wasting taxpayers money and deal with the dregs of society - civil servants.