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Accounting technician

Accounting technicians handle day-to-day financial matters in all types of business.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £18,000 to £30,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements, but you'll usually need up to 5 GCSEs or equivalent at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including maths and English.

A levels in business studies, maths or economics, and work experience in accounts or finance may also be helpful.

You could start as an accounts clerk or bookkeeper while you study to become an accounting technician.

The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) have information on accounting courses.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • maths skills
  • problem solving skills
  • IT skills
  • record-keeping skills

3. What you'll do

You could work for a wide range of companies or you could work in the public sector. Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • processing and paying invoices
  • recording receipts and payments
  • preparing and checking ledger balances and other monthly accounts
  • completing and submitting tax returns, VAT returns and National Insurance contributions
  • handling company expenses
  • updating computerised accounting systems

With experience, you could take on more complex tasks like:

  • preparing financial reports
  • helping to plan budgets
  • supporting qualified accountants with accounts inspections (audits)

4. Salary

Starter: £18,000

Experienced: £23,000

Highly Experienced: Up to £30,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll usually work standard office hours, Monday to Friday.

You'll work in an office and travel to visit clients.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into management or become self-employed and work on accounts for small businesses. You could also study to become a qualified accountant.

AAT and ACCA qualifications are recognised across the world, so you could work overseas.

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Last updated: 18 August 2017