Finance & accounting

Accounting technician

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

Annual Salary

£18,000 to £30,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

35 to 40

4%
Future employment

There will be 4% more Accounting technician jobs in 2024.
In your local area

What's it all about?

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

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly

College

There is no set entry route to become an accounting technician but it may be useful to do a relevant qualification like:

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

Apprenticeship

You could get into this job through:

  • an advanced apprenticeship as an assistant accountant
  • a higher apprenticeship as a professional accounting / taxation technician

There are no set entry requirements but it may help you to get in if you have:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), usually including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent qualifications, for a higher or a degree apprenticeship

Work

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.

£18,000 to £30,000

Starter salary: £18,000

Experienced salary: £23,000

These figures are a guide.

35 to 40

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

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

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.

You can find out more about careers in accountancy from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • administration skills
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • maths knowledge
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
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