Accounting technician

Accounting technicians handle day-to-day financial matters in all types of business.

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter


£30,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm

How to become an Accounting technician

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly


You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

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You could start as an accounts clerk or bookkeeper while you study to become an accounting technician.

The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) have information on accounting courses.

Direct application

There are no set entry requirements to directly apply to become an accounting technician, but you'll usually need up to 5 GCSEs or equivalent at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English and maths.

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Career tips

A levels in business studies, maths or economics, and work experience in accounts or finance may also be helpful.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • administration skills
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • maths knowledge
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • You will be expected to know how to use a computer and tools to benefit this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • processing and paying invoices
  • recording receipts and payments
  • preparing and checking ledger balances and other monthly accounts
  • completing and submitting tax returns, VAT returns and National Insurance contributions
  • handling company expenses
  • updating computerised accounting systems

Working environment

You could work in an office.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into management or become self-employed and work on accounts for small businesses. You could also study to become a qualified accountant.

AAT and ACCA qualifications are recognised across the world, so you could work overseas.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Finance Higher Apprentice

  • Wage : Competitive salary
  • Location: Preston PR4 1AX

Finance Apprentice (an Arch apprenticeship)

  • Wage : £27,402.00 Annually
  • Location: London SW1A 2AH

Courses In England

Part-time Association of Accounting Technicians - Level 2 FOUNDATION Certificate in Accounting (AQ2016)

  • Start date: 01 January 2019
  • Location: Wakefield

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