Finance & accounting

Finance officer

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

Annual Salary

£18,500 to £40,000

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

Working hours

35 to 40

Future employment

There will be 2% fewer Finance officer jobs in 2023.
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What's it all about?

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

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.

£18,500 to £40,000

Starter salary: £18,500 to £21,000

Experienced salary: £22,000 to £28,000

These figures are a guide.

35 to 40

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.

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

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You’ll need:

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