Accounting Technician

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Accounting technicians do much of the detailed work within accounting. They prepare the financial information which professional accountants or business managers use when giving financial advice or making decisions.

The Work

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

Salaries for trainee accounting technicians are around £16,000 to £22,000 a year. As a qualified accounting technician, your salary is likely to be between £18,000 and £25,000 per year. Senior technicians can earn up to £32,000 or more.


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Getting In

As an accounting technician, you could work in a wide range of organisations, including manufacturing companies, local and central government, the health service, banks, insurance companies and private accountancy firms.

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What Does it Take?

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Getting On

More Information

Job prospects are generally very good. Financial support staff work in a wide variety of roles and with many different types of employer.

There are good opportunities for part time and freelance work, or to become self-employed.

RSM, a leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services, offer an AAT Traineee Scheme for school or college leavers. Applicants need at least 5 subjects at National 5, including English and Maths, plus at least 104 UCAS tariff points (260 UCAS points in the pre-2017 tariff points system) from their four best Highers or Advanced Highers. The two-year scheme is normally studied via block-release. Places are available in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Visit the RSM Careers website for 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 Association of Accounting Technicians has a recruitment website called AAT Jobs, as does the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) at ACCA Careers


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)
Tel: 020 3735 2434
Twitter: @YourAAT

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
Tel: 0141 582 2000
Website (2):
Twitter: @ACCANews

Association of International Accountants (AIA)
Tel: 0191 493 0277
Twitter: @AIA1928

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
Tel: 020 8849 2251
Twitter: @CIMA_UK_News

Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) Scotland
Tel: 0131 221 8640
Website (2):
Twitter: @CIPFA

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

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