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Public finance accountant Average UK Salary & Prospects

Public finance accountants make sure money is spent properly in public sector organisations.

  • 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
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Public finance accountants typically work around 37 to 39 hours per week.

As a Public finance accountant you will typically work evenings.

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
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    * from ONETonline
    Average salary
    27,711 GBP *
    per year
    18,000 GBP
    100,000 GBP
    5+ Experience
    * data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
    Average salary for Public finance accountant

    Men make 17% more than Women
    27% of Public finance accountants are men
    • 31,169 GBP
    • 26,024 GBP
    Average salary for part-time Public finance accountant
    Average salary for full-time Public finance accountant

    • 12,200 GBP
    • 12,294 GBP
    • 11,316 GBP
    • 27,711 GBP
    • 26,024 GBP
    • 31,169 GBP
    Pay over time for Public finance accountant

    Pay for this role has increased over time
    • 24,366 GBP
    • 24,723 GBP
    • 25,293 GBP
    • 25,989 GBP
    • 26,111 GBP
    • 27,711 GBP

    Future outlook for Public finance accountants

    Balanced outlook
    542 000+ jobs available
    Balanced outlook
    3% yearly wage growth (on average)

    Public finance accountant - Your future job?

    Which qualifications do I need?

    Find out what you need to know in order to become a Public finance accountant 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

    You'll need:

    •  counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach  
    •  knowledge of psychology  
    •  knowledge of medicine and dentistry  
    •  the ability to understand people’s reactions  
    •  excellent verbal communication skills  
    •  active listening skills  
    •  knowledge of English language  
    •  sensitivity and understanding  
    • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

    Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Public finance accountant


    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 Public finance accountant.
    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 Public finance accountant. 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


    Things to highlight for your Public finance accountant 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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