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AAT Jobs Overview The London-based AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) is a professional body for vocational ...

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, South East/Southern, TN1 2DR
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AAT Jobs Overview

The London-based AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) is a professional body for vocational accounting staff, offering respected qualifications to job seekers worldwide. Accounting technicians need to be trustworthy, good communicators and competent with numbers. An eye for detail is required, along with commitment, commercial awareness and an understanding of confidentiality issues. Tasks typically include:

  • Processing invoices and receipts (sales and purchase ledgers)
  • Assisting existing and new clients or customers
  • Recording company expenses
  • Updating computerised accounting systems
  • Helping to prepare monthly accounting reports, tax returns and budgets (at supervisory level)

AAT Jobs Education Requirements

At accounting technician level, GCSE passes (or equivalent) at grades A to C are required, including maths and English. Some employers offer AAT accounts assistants jobs which include part-time study (day release or evening) courses towards full AAT qualification. There are four options from certificate to diploma status; each takes between six and eighteen months to complete. The AAT professional diploma in accounting is a route to AAT Accountant status (MAAT) career posts.

AAT Jobs Market

According to a survey carried out in 2015 by a leading consultancy, companies and public practice employers prefer candidates who are committed to lifelong learning, such as in the AAT programme. Part-qualified accountants are in short supply; post holders often stay with current employers especially if the company provides an education allowance or annual study leave. AAT jobs for assistant accountants with less than three years of experience are advertised for assistant accountant, credit controller, purchase ledger clerk and related roles. Alternatively, accounting clerk and other AAT bookkeeper jobs involve similar duties. Finally, vacancies are also available for part-qualified AAT staff and apprentice accounting technicians.

AAT Jobs Salary Information

Currently, national average starting salaries for accounting technicians vary from £14,921 to £21,866 (mean £18,159 p.a.), depending on location and with moderate increases for experience.

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