Accounting technician

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What's it like?

You would make sure a business pays its taxes and bills and that its employees get their wages on time.

You'd deal with accounting and finance in all types of businesses.

In larger companies you would work as part of an accounts team. In a smaller firm you might be responsible for dealing with all the wages and invoices.

You would:

  • Process and pay invoices
  • Record receipts and payments
  • Prepare and check ledger balances and other monthly and yearly accounts
  • Complete and submit tax returns, VAT returns and National Insurance contributions
  • Handle company expenses

With experience, you might take on supervisor responsibilities and do more complex tasks. You would:

  • Prepare financial reports
  • Make financial plans
  • Control budgets and spending
  • Help qualified accountants with accounts inspections (audits)

Working conditions

Hours

In a full-time job you would usually work standard office hours, Monday to Friday. Part-time hours and temporary work are often available.

Environment

You would mainly be based at an office.

Travel

If you help accountants with audits, you may travel to visit clients' businesses.

UK employment status

Full-time

Part-time

Self employed

Here are some of the skills that people in this job would be most likely to have:

  • Communicating with people
  • Communicating ideas through writing
  • Accuracy
  • Solving mathematical problems
  • Planning and organising
  • Working with numbers
  • Paying attention to detail

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Getting in

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.

Qualifications

There are no set entry requirements, however you could enter through studying an accountancy course at college or through gaining a relevant work-based qualification such as a Modern Apprenticeship in Accounting (SVQ level 2/3).

Useful subjects

  • English (required by many courses and employers)
  • Maths (required by many courses and employers)
  • Accounts
  • Economics
  • Business
  • Administration

You will also need

Once in work you will need to pass accounting technician exams through the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) or Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) Scheme.

If you are completing a Modern Apprenticeship in Accounting (SVQ Level 2 /3) this is incorporated within the qualification. If you enter this job with a relevant college course you may be exempt from some parts of the exams. 

Helpful to have

Qualifications that show your employability skills and/or offer relevant work experience such as Skills for Work Financial Services (SCQF Level 5).  

Once qualified you may find it helpful to become a member of AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians).