The day to day activities that an Accounts Assistance undertakes is often varied but will primarily revolve around assisting a chartered accountant, financial controller or finance director. The nature of the role will often vary based on the size of the organisation, the sector they occupy as well as internal protocols and processes. Typically however, tasks will include preparation of financial statements, responsibility for accounts payable & receivable, payroll, and balancing of accounts using double-entry bookkeeping.
There is room for career development and advancement as an accounting assistant. As skills and experience enhance, Accounts Assistants can advance to becoming a bookkeeper or take on managerial positions within a finance department.
It goes without saying that anyone thinking of entering into an Accounts Assistant position should enjoy working with numbers and have good attention to detail.
Whilst there are generally no specific qualifications required for an entry level Accounts Assistant position, most employers will require an A* - C grade in GCSE (or equivalent) in Maths and English.
The good news is that most employers are happy to help advance your career and offer on the job training and sponsorship for further education and qualifications. The list below gives a good indication of what qualifications will an Accounts Assistant excel in their career:
Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping
International Association of Bookkeepers (IAB) Levels 2 and 3 Certificates in Bookkeeping
Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) Level 1 Certificate in Basic Bookkeeping
OCR Level 1 Certificate in Bookkeeping
OCR Levels 2 and 3 Certificates in Accounting
City & Guilds (8953) Levels 1 and 2 Certificates in Bookkeeping and Accounts
Accounts Assistant Salary:
The average salary for an Accounts Assistant ranges from £18k - 30k dependant on experience, location and responsibilities.
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