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Bookkeeper Accounts clerk, payroll administrator

Bookkeepers keep financial records up to date and help prepare accounts.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £17,000 to £25,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You'll find it useful to have 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or equivalent, including maths and English.

An A level in business studies, maths or economics, a certificate in accounts or bookkeeping, or experience in an accounts department may be helpful.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • maths and accounting skills
  • organisational skills

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • dealing with sales invoices, income, receipts and payments
  • preparing statements showing income and payments
  • completing VAT returns
  • checking that accounts are accurate
  • preparing wages and managing claims for expenses
  • helping to prepare annual accounts
  • using computerised accounting systems
  • giving administrative support to accountants
  • handling commercially sensitive and valuable information

4. Salary

Starter: £17,000 to £19,000

Experienced: £20,000 to £24,000

Highly Experienced: £25,000 or more

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You could work for a company, or be self-employed.

You'll usually work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

If you set up as a self-employed bookkeeper, you could work part-time or flexible hours.

You'll mainly work in an office.

6. Career path and progression

With experience and training, you could become an accounting technician and take on more complex work.

You could also work freelance or take a degree and qualify as an accountant.

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Last updated: 18 August 2017