Accounting technicians work for both private and public sector organizations, where they undertake a wide range of accountancy, financial and taxation tasks. As an accounting technician, you would prepare the financial information which professional accountants or business managers use when making decisions.
- assisting in the preparation of accounts;
- dealing with basic book keeping;
- processing and paying invoices;
- recording receipts and payments;
- preparing and checking ledger balances and other monthly and yearly accounts;
- completing and submitting tax returns, VAT returns and National Insurance contributions;
- handling company expenses and payroll systems that pay wages and salaries;
- using computerized accounting systems.
- administering payrolls
- liaising with managerial staff, colleagues and clients
- preparing accounts, reports, budgets, commentaries and financial statements
Employers of Accounting Technicians
- IT firms
- insurance companies
- local/health authorities
- media/retail companies
- industrial organizations
- manufacturing/engineering firms
Many accounting technicians train while on the job via part-time study or attending afternoon classes. The most common qualification is the ACCA Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) qualification.
- strong mathematical and problem-solving skills
- good IT skills, particularly in the use of spreadsheets;
- an interest in business and finance;
- a thorough, methodical and logical approach;
- strong interpersonal and communication skills;
- excellent commercial sense;
- the ability to work as part of a team;
- the capacity to understand and handle complex information and solve problems;
- the ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines;
- discretion and honesty when handling confidential information.