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Accounting technician Average UK Salary & Prospects

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

  • Develop, maintain, and analyze budgets, preparing periodic reports that compare budgeted costs to actual costs.  
  • Prepare, examine, or analyze accounting records, financial statements, or other financial reports to assess accuracy, completeness, and conformance to reporting and procedural standards.  
  • Review accounts for discrepancies and reconcile
Read more about Accounting technician

Accounting technicians typically work around 37 to 39 hours per week.

As a Accounting technician you will typically work between 8am and 6pm.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out
  • Read more about Accounting technician
    * from ONETonline
    Average salary
    46,524 GBP *
    per year
    18,000 GBP
    30,000 GBP
    5+ Experience
    * data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
    Average salary for Accounting technician

    Men make 3% more than Women
    47% of Accounting technicians are men
    • 47,208 GBP
    • 45,637 GBP
    Average salary for part-time Accounting technician
    Average salary for full-time Accounting technician

    • 25,478 GBP
    • 25,936 GBP
    • 22,962 GBP
    • 46,524 GBP
    • 45,637 GBP
    • 47,208 GBP
    Pay over time for Accounting technician

    Pay for this role has increased over time
    • 49,952 GBP
    • 48,696 GBP
    • 46,223 GBP
    • 46,074 GBP
    • 47,846 GBP
    • 46,524 GBP

    Future outlook for Accounting technicians

    Fair outlook
    32 000+ jobs available
    Balanced outlook
    -1% yearly wage growth (on average)
    Very good outlook
    38% chance of automation in the future

    Accounting technician - Your future job?

    Which qualifications do I need?

    Find out what you need to know in order to become a Accounting technician and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

    In terms of people already doing this job:

    • 42% of people in this role have a Bachelor's degree
    • 39% of people in this role have a certificate of higher education or equivalent but no degree
    • 14% of people in this role have a Diploma of Higher Education or equivalent

    There is no set entry route to become an accounting technician but it may be useful to do a relevant qualification like:

    • Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting accredited by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)
    • Foundations in Accountancy accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

    Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Accounting technician

    Accounting Software

    What soft skills do I need?

    Rise above the competition by brushing up on the 5 most important soft skills you need to become a Accounting technician.
    Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times
    Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
    Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems
    Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents
    Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively

    What technical skills do I need?

    Technical skills are programmes, softwares and things you need to know in order to be a successful Accounting technician. Check that you know:
    Accounting software Fund accounting software; Intuit QuickBooks
    Data base user interface and query software Best Software CPAPayroll; Data entry software
    Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    Financial analysis software Brentmark Estate Planning Quickview; Delphi Technology; Oracle E-Business Suite Financials; RSM McGladrey Auditor Assistant
    Tax preparation software ATX Total Tax Office; BNA Income Tax Planning Solutions; Intuit Lacerte; Orrtax Software IntelliTax Classic
    Improve your skills today

    Accounting Software

    Things to highlight for your Accounting technician interview

    Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Analytical Thinking Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. Cooperation Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

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