Bookkeeper

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Accounts clerk

Bookkeepers keep financial records up to date and help prepare accounts.

Salary Range: £17,000 to £26,000 (full-time)

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You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly
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You could take a recognised accounts or bookkeeping qualification while looking for work. These are widely available. They include:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping
  • Level 2 Certificate in Accounting
  • Level 2 Certificate in Manual and Computerised Bookkeeping

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
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You could do an accounts and finance assistant intermediate apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
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You could start as an admin assistant with a company, for example on a part-time or temporary contract in an accounts department. You could then take a relevant qualification to become a bookkeeper.

Direct application

If you want to apply for jobs directly, you may find some employers ask for up to 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including maths and English. An A level in business studies, maths, economics or equivalent qualifications could also be useful.

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Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • administration skills
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • maths knowledge
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
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Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • dealing with sales invoices, income, receipts and payments
  • preparing statements showing income and payments
  • completing VAT returns
  • checking that accounts are accurate
  • preparing wages and managing claims for expenses
  • helping to prepare annual accounts
  • using computerised accounting systems
  • giving administrative support to accountants
  • handling commercially sensitive and valuable information

Working environment

You could work in an office.

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With experience and training, you could become an accounting technician and take on more complex work.

You could also become self-employed and set up your own business.

You may decide to take a degree and qualify as an accountant.