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Accounts are in demand across all industry areas especially within the finance and banking sector. Accounting jobs vary depending upon your qualification level from trainee/graduate positions, to part qualified (chartered, certified or management) accountants to fully qualified ACMA’s, ACA’s, ACCA’s and ICAS’s. A job description of the fundamental duties is detailed below; however your responsibility and involvement will depend upon your accountancy qualification and experience.
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Accounting Job Description: typical responsibilities
- advising on tax and treasury issues
- preparing financial management reports, including financial planning and forecasting
- producing reports and recommendations following internal audits or public sector 'value for money' audits
- preparing financial statements, including monthly and annual accounts
- preparing non-cash journal
- working hours vary and are not typically nine to five. Working extra hours in the evening and at weekends is not uncommon in order to meet tight deadlines.
- one of the main challenges for trainee accountants is managing professional study commitments along with the day-to-day job.
- gender balance on entry into the accounting profession is around 41% female and 59% male
What qualifications do I need to be an Accountant?
The majority (over 80%) of entrants into accountancy jobs are graduates. Entry is open to graduates of all disciplines and, while a large number have business-related degrees, other subjects are strongly represented, including science, maths, languages, arts and social sciences. There are three separate professional institutes of chartered accountants: Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS), Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (ICAI). Entry regulations vary slightly between the institutes, but typically a good honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject plus maths and English GCSE (grades A or B) are required. There are also vocational routes into accountancy jobs available for those without a degree, via the Accounting Technician qualification. See The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) for more details. Pre-entry relevant work experience is not a requirement, although it will improve your chances of securing a job in accounting.
- Starting salaries for accountancy jobs vary considerably, depending on location and size of firm, but can reach £24,000* for trainees in London and the South East.
- On qualification, accountants salaries increase quite significantly.
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