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Accountant - Private Practice

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Accountants in private practice provide financial advice and a range of other financial services to both business and private clients.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Trainee accountants earn between £19,000 and £25,000 a year depending on their stage of training. The starting salary for graduate trainee accountants in private practice tends to be between £23,000 and £28,000 a year. Qualified accountants earn up to around £40,000 per year. Senior accountants can earn between £38,000 and £80,000 a year, while salaries for high earners can be £100,000 a year or more.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Training places with accountancy firms are usually advertised in the press and on the websites of professional bodies. You apply directly to the firms of your choice.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
13684
0.1 %
RISE
2023
13695
  United Kingdom
2018
213363
2.7 %
RISE
2023
219173

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

More Information

Some people enter accountancy as a second career. Individual accountancy professional bodies may have special training schemes for these applicants. You should check this with the association or institute concerned.

The big 4 accountancy firms, Deloitte, Ernst and Young, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers, offer a range of recruitment schemes for school leavers, students at university and graduates. See their websites for details about eligibility and applications.

In addition there are also lots of smaller accountancy firms that may have opportunities. You can check recruitment websites and the job sections of many of the accountancy institutions listed below under the Contacts section.

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)
Tel: 020 3735 2434
E-mail: join@aat.org.uk
Website: https://www.aat.org.uk/
Twitter: @YourAAT
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/youraat

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
Tel: 0141 582 2000
Website: http://www.accaglobal.com/
Website (2): https://alljobs.accaglobal.com/
Twitter: @ACCANews
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ACCA.Official

Association of International Accountants (AIA)
Tel: 0191 493 0277
E-mail: aia@aiaworldwide.com
Website: http://www.aiaworldwide.com
Twitter: @AIA1928
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AIAworldwide

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
Tel: 020 8849 2251
E-mail: cima.contact@cimaglobal.com
Website: http://www.cimaglobal.com/
Twitter: @CIMA_UK_News
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cimaglobal

Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) Scotland
Tel: 0131 221 8640
E-mail: scotland@cipfa.org
Website: http://www.cipfa.org
Website (2): http://www.cipfa.org/recruitment
Twitter: @CIPFA
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CIPFA.org

CIPFA has an online recruitment service that enables job seekers to complete a single online application form or to upload a CV that can be considered by employers throughout the UK.

Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)
Tel: 0131 347 0186
E-mail: studentservices@icas.com
Website: http://www.icas.com

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