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Accounts assistants are responsible for providing accounting and administrative support to the accountant or financial manager, or to other members of the accounts team. Duties can range from simple book keeping tasks to more advanced responsibilities.


Average salaries are in the region of £18,000.00 to £25,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

Accounts assistants are responsible for providing accounting and administrative support to the accountant or financial manager, or to other members of the accounts team. Duties can range from simple book keeping tasks to more advanced responsibilities.

What they do

As an accounts assistant, it's likely your work will involve working with sales and purchase ledgers – the money that comes into and goes out from a company – and making sure that customer and supplier accounts are accurate. This is also known as ‘reconciling’.

You'll normally work within a team, and your responsibilities will vary depending on the size of the team you're working in.

In this role you'll be working with documents (both online and paper forms), processing orders, handling queries and maintaining spreadsheets. There'll also be some general office administrative work like filing and photocopying you'll need to do. 

As an Accounts Assistant you would be:

  • Receiving, processing and filing paperwork, e.g. invoices, expenses, requests for payment
  • Checking/verifying calculations to make sure they’re correct
  • Processing payments such as wages/salary of the company’s employees
  • Inputting information into a computer-based accounts system
  • Keeping track of figures by working with spreadsheets
  • Managing petty cash transactions

Hours & Salary

  • Newly trained accounts assistants can earn in the region of £13,000-£18,000
  • Trained with experience accounts assistants can earn in the region of £18,000-£25,000
  • Senior, chartered or master accountants can earn in the region of £60,000-£80,000

Salaries typically depend on location, employer and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options improve with chartered status. 

A career in accounts will usually involve working standard office hours, Monday to Friday, but there may be occasions when it is necessary to work late, particularly in more senior roles.


 

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Qualifications & Training

What qualifications or subjects do I need for this role?

It is possible to become an accounts assistant without any formal qualifications beyond 5 grade A-C GCSEs including English and Maths (or their equivalents, such as the Welsh Baccalaureate or Scottish Nationals). But most companies will require a basic understanding of accountancy and bookkeeping, including knowledge of accounts software.

What's the benefit of getting the right qualification?

A relevant qualification will open the door to many more jobs and will help in progressing your career quicker and could get you a higher wage. Many employers will provide training towards these qualifications through the job.

Many different courses and qualifications are available – these are just some of them:

  • Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Level 2 Certificate in Book Keeping
  • International Association of Bookkeepers (IAB) Levels 2 and 3 Certificates in Bookkeeping
  • Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) Level 2 in Manual or Computerised Bookkeeping
  • OCR Level 1 Certificate in Bookkeeping
  • City & Guilds (8953) Levels 1 and 2 Certificates in Bookkeeping and Accounts

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Career trends and forecasts

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According to the latest Construction Skills Network research, the UK construction industry will need an additional 16690 non-construction professional, technical , IT and other office based staff (which includes accountants), every year for the period 2017 - 2021. The majority of this demand will be in the South West followed by Greater London, and Yorkshire and Humber.

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