Accounts clerks assist with everything to do with accounts, from dealing with tax return forms to working as part of an in-house finance team.
Who can I work for?
When working as an accounts clerk you can expect to be part of a corporate business, educational institution, or accountancy firm.
Where and when can I work?
Accounts clerks work office hours, generally Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. You can expect to be mainly office based, although occasional travel may be necessary in order to meet clients who are self-employed.
What can I earn?
With little or no experience you can earn around £12,000 to £14,000 per year. This has the potential to rise to £20,000 with training and/or qualifications.
What are the benefits?
One of the main benefits of the role is the fixed hours and not normally having to work at the weekend.
Are there chances of promotion?
Promotion for accounts clerks is normally to become an accounts technician, sometimes going on to work as a fully chartered accountant.
What will I be responsible for?
You will be responsible for preparing and maintaining financial information, as well as processing invoices and payments. You can also expect to complete VAT return forms and prepare balancing sheets.
Do I need any experience?
A large amount of experience is not normally needed, although previous office experience is beneficial, as is a basic knowledge of computers. In terms of qualifications, grades A to C in Maths and English are normally needed, with a qualification in bookkeeping being a huge plus.
What attributes are needed?
A logical mind, the ability to work with numbers, attention to detail and computer literacy are all needed, as well as reasonable word processing skills, an interest in business and finance and an independent approach to working.