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