A (chartered) accountant's job is to audit a company's account and provide financial advice. In detail, this might include reporting, taxation, auditing, corporate finance or insolvency. An accountant plays a key role to maximize a company's or client's profitability. Therefore, accountant jobs range from multinational organisations and public structures to small or independent businesses.
There is a range of skills employers look for when staffing competent and reliable future accountants. First of all we want to lay the focus on soft skills that accountants need to possess. Candidates need full business understanding to give good advices. If you ask for the situation/description of a company as a whole, a good accountant should be able to give you the right answers. Accountants are much respected authorities in a firm. Strong leadership skills help you get an accountant job, because it underlines your capability to organize projects and motivate teams. Also communication skills and technical know-how are much appreciated skills because they are critical aspects for success in accounting departments today. Employers also evaluate high professional accountants due to their degree of self-motivation, responsibility, customer service and interpersonal skills.
The qualification as a chartered accountant is at least three years long. The studies and full-time employment take place at the same time and can be very demanding. You can enter the universe of finance & accounting from any academic background, but you should have an excellent academic background. Legal as well as taxation knowledge are highly appreciated.
Once qualification is finished, accountants earn £25,000 - £60,000plus according to the type of business. The package can also increase due to bonuses or profit-sharing schemes. Many candidates are attracted by high salaries in large banking and capital markets. Check accountant vacancies now!
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