Accounting Technician

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    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.

     

    Duties

    • 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

    • charities
    • banks
    • IT firms
    • insurance companies
    • utilities
    • agencies
    • local/health authorities
    • media/retail companies
    • industrial organizations
    • manufacturing/engineering firms

     

    Qualifications

    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.

     

    Skills

    • 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;
    • self-motivation;
    • 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.

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