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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 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 39 a week

You could work: between 8am and 6pm;

4%
Future employment

There will be 4% more Accounting technician jobs in 2025.
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What's it all about?

Day to day tasks

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

Working environment

You could work in an office.

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:

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Apprenticeship

You could get into this job through:

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

Entry requirements

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), or equivalent, 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, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
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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.

Direct application

You can apply directly to employers if you have some of the relevant skills and knowledge needed for this role.

Employers are likely to look for up to five GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths. A level business studies, maths, economics, or equivalent qualifications, could also be useful.

Previous experience of office work or working in an accounts or finance department would be helpful. Experience of using accounting software or spreadsheets could also give you an advantage when looking for work.

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Further information

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

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
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
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