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          Helping you find a career in the accountant industry

          As a chartered accountant you will give advice, audit accounts and offer reliable information about financial records. Working strategically, your aim in this role is to maximise profitability on behalf of your client.

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          • FAQs
          What does an Accountant do?

          Responsibilities of the job include:

          • Managing financial systems and budgets
          • Undertaking financial audits
          • Providing trustworthy financial advice
          • Liaising with clients and providing financial information and advice catered to their needs
          • Evaluating the company's systems and analyse any potential risks
          • Performing tests to check financial information and systems
          • Advising clients on tax planning and tax issues
          • Maintaining accounting records and preparing accounts and management information
          • Advise clients on business transactions
          • Advising clients on areas of interest for business improvement, or dealing with insolvency
          • Detecting and preventing fraud
          • Managing and mentoring junior colleagues
          • Liaising with internal and external auditors
          • Fixing any financial irregularities
          • Producing reports and future recommendations following audits
          • Arranging financial management reports. e.g. Financial planning and forecasting
          • Advising on tax and treasury issues
          • Negotiating terms with suppliers
          What skills and interests should an Accountant have?

          As an accountant, you'll need an interest in business and awareness of the field, as well as great interpersonal skills.

          What hours does an Accountant typically do?

          Working hours are typically 9am to 5pm, but sometimes working extra hours in the evenings and at weekends might be required - particularly towards the end of the financial year.

          What environment is an Accountant based in?

          You will be office-based, but may travel and work from clients' offices.

          How much does an Accountant travel?

          Travel within a working day is very common in accountancy work, particularly if you work for a firm that services clients. Absence from home overnight and occasional overseas travel is also possible.

          How much does an Accountant get paid?

          Salaries for graduates vary depending on the location, sector and type of firm, but most starting salaries in this industry begin at £25,000. The average earning potential of chartered accountants (salary and bonus) with two to four post-qualification years of experience is around £56,000.

          After 5 or more years, the average salary for a chartered accountant rises to £90,200, with an average yearly bonus of £20,600.

          Perks & benefits
          • Potential for a great annual bonus
          • Opportunity to travel
          What qualifications does an Accountant need?

          Chartered accountancy is open to graduates of all disciplines, although of course a course such as economics will have given you the best preparation.

          Useful subjects to study at school & university
          • Finance
          • Accountancy
          • Business Management
          • Mathematics
          • Politics
          • Economics
          Further reading