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An Accountant is an integral part in any Finance team. It is a career which can provide stability and progression to individuals who are prepared to put in the hard work. 

If you’re setting your sites a career in Senior Finance, learn more about the role of an Accountant and what it takes to excel in this position here:

What makes a good Accountant? 

Accountants are essential for business growth, using their expertise to steer important financial decisions, applying integrity and intelligence. 

Accountants are Qualified and are trained in bookkeeping and in preparation, auditing and analysis of accounts. Accountants prepare annual reports and financial statements for planning and decision making, and advise on tax laws and investment opportunities. 

There are several different disciplines which Accountants can specialise in: 

  • Management accounting - helping managers understand how to run the business. 
  • Financial accounting - providing financial information to investors or government regulators about a business or even a whole sector. 
  • Auditors - check figures and reports for accuracy and can uncover wrongdoing. 
  • Tax - help their clients understand how much tax they need to pay, advise on ways to legally minimise tax and also advise on tax implications of investments and takeovers.

Kaplan provide a useful resource in deciding which kind of accountancy might be best suited to you here and also provide a career guide for Accountants from start to finish here.

We would highly recommend taking steps to become Chartered as the salary benefits and career opportunities this can provide are beneficial. 

Upon qualifying, chartered accountants are among the top earners in the UK, with an average salary of £35,000. With two to four years of experience post qualification, expect your salary to rise to £60,000, and £90,000 following five years of experience.