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Job Description

An Accounting Technician will work for a company to prepare the financial information required by the accountant or business manager to enable them to make decisions this may include assisting in preparation of accounts, processing and paying invoices, preparing ledgers, preparing tax and VAT returns, dealing with company expenses etc.

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.

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.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Bookkeeper
  • Auditor
  • Credit controller
  • Credit manager
  • Farm secretary

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • Excellent maths skills
  • Good problem solving abilities
  • IT skills
  • Methodical and logical approach
  • Self-motivation
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • Discretion and honesty

Starting Salary

£18,000 to £30,000

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