Accounts clerks keep accurate financial records, and check and help prepare accounts for all types of businesses. They can also be known as finance clerks or bookkeepers.
In larger organisations, they may specialise in one area of accounting like sales or purchase ledger, payroll or credit control. They also often provide administrative support to senior finance officers. Responsibilites usually includes:
Most organisations have computerised systems using a variety of spreadsheets, databases and specialised accounting software packages.
Most accounts clerks work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. They may need to work extra hours at busy times. In some organisations flexi-time may be in operation.
There are opportunities for part-time work and job sharing. Temporary work is often available.
To be an accounts clerk you should:
Good GCSE's in maths and English will be expected and it's advantageous if you have A-Levels in maths, business studies and economics.
There is the opportunity to get a job through an apprenticeship. In some cases, employers may expect you to have a relevant degree or qualification in accounting or bookkeeping.
There are some pathways for progression. You could move on to becoming a senior finance officer or even train to become an accountant.
If you would like to learn more about becoming a finance clerk that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.
Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)
154 Clerkenwell Rd
Tel: 020 7415 7500
International Association of Book-Keepers (IAB)
44 London Road
Tel: 01732 458080
Institute of Certified Book-keepers (ICB)
12 St James' Square
Tel: 0845 060 2345
Financial Services Skills Council
51 Gresham Street
Tel: 020 7216 7366