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Accounts Assistant

Accounts assistants are responsible for providing accounting and administrative support to the accountant or financial manager, or to other members of the accounts team.

The role

  • As an accounts assistant, you'll overlook the money that comes into and goes out from a company
  • Making sure that customer and supplier accounts are accurate. This is also known as ‘reconciling’.
  • 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
  • Working within a team with your responsibilities will vary depending on the size of the team you're working in
  • Working standard office hours, Monday to Friday, but there may be occasions when it is necessary to work late, particularly in more senior roles.

Qualifications and training

It is possible to become an accounts assistant without any formal qualifications beyond 5 grade 9 - 4 (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.

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


  • Newly trained accounts assistants can earn in the region of £17,000-£18,000
  • Trained with experience accounts assistants can earn in the region of £18,000-£25,000
  • Senior or chartered 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. 




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