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Finance officer Financial officer, finance clerk

Finance officers help to manage the finances of an organisation by keeping track of its income and controlling its spending.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £18,500 to £40,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You’ll usually need GCSEs, including maths and English.

A levels in maths, business studies or economics may also be useful. .

Some employers may ask for a relevant degree, or an accounting or bookkeeping qualification, like those offered by the Association of Accounting Technicians.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • excellent maths skills
  • IT skills
  • attention to detail
  • confident presentation skills

3. What you'll do

You’ll support senior finance officers and finance managers to prepare and develop accounting information.

Your day-to-day duties could include: 

  • recording financial transactions on computer systems
  • producing financial forecasts
  • dealing with payroll, invoices, expenses and VAT
  • carrying out financial audits
  • creating monthly, quarterly and annual budget reports
  • presenting report findings to finance managers

4. Salary

Starter: £18,500 to £21,000

Experienced: £22,000 to £28,000

Highly Experienced: £30,000 to £40,000 (finance manager)

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work between 35 and 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday.

You’ll be based in an office and spend a lot of your time working on a computer.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a senior finance officer or finance manager, or train to become an accountant.

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Last updated: 21 December 2016