Accounting and finance personnel play a vital role in every business, being responsible for keeping track of the money that comes in and goes out.

The Role

  • An attractive choice for anyone with a good head for figures and real attention to detail.
  • Involves working with documents in paper form and on computers.
  • You are likely to work with specialist accounting software.
  • You will spend time creating, updating and analysing spreadsheets.
  • You will produce the reports and information that enable management teams and directors to plan ahead from a position of knowledge and ensure the company’s future prosperity. 
  • Managing cash flow (making sure all money owed to the company is received and all money due to suppliers is paid)
  • Keeping records of all transactions
  • Completing necessary paperwork such as VAT returns
  • Preparing financial statements and reports
  • Financial planning and budget control
  • Carrying out profit forecasts
  • Liaising with external companies, bankers and auditors
  • 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.


  • Newly trained accountants can earn in the region of £14,000-£25,000
  • Trained with experience accountants can earn in the region of £29,000-£55,000
  • 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. 

Qualifications and Training

Many roles (particularly senior) in accountancy require specific qualifications or a degree in Accountancy/ Finance. , and/or specialist accountancy training.

Opportunities also exist for school leavers wishing to gain an entry level internship or apprenticeship. For this, A Level Maths or Scottish Highers will usually be required.

There are a number of professional bodies with their own exams and qualifications, including the following:

  • ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)
  • CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants)
  • ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales)

These qualifications are often undertaken whilst working in an accountancy role, and supported by the employer in many cases.


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Dean Hanson

Dean Hanson is an Accountant for Lindum Group Ltd

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