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  • Finding Suitable Work as a Chartered Certified Accountant
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
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Working Duties Expected

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Chartered Certified Accountants - An Overview:

Chartered certified accountants work within private practice, industry, commerce and the public sector, providing accountancy services.

They offer a range of services to an internationally recognised standard, including taxation, insolvency and corporate finance. Their work may also involve the management of staff. Chartered certified accountants may also work as management consultants.

Chartered certified accountants are responsible for ensuring the financial integrity of an organisation or service including the control of funds and salaries. They may also manage and develop financial systems and, working with information, produce reports and budget plans. A chartered certified accountant's services may also include the auditing of financial records.

What does the role encounter?

A typical chartered certified accountants job covers:

• the ongoing management of financial systems and budgets;
• undertaking audits or assessments of these systems;
• providing financial advice to colleagues and clients.

The emphasis of daily activities varies according to the type of organisation or company.
They include:

• preparing financial statements, business plans and budgets for external or internal management reports;
• producing annual and/or monthly accounts and providing regular financial reports;
• developing or updating financial systems and controls;
• implementing new financial and budgetary systems;
• auditing and adapting financial systems on a regular basis, or as required;
• investigating issues arising from records and systems audits;
• managing expenditure, credit, payroll and capital (fixed asset) investments;
• advising on and implementing tax planning and compliance;
• liaising with internal and external auditors;
• dealing with unscheduled or irregular financial issues as they arise;
• providing information and advice on financial and business issues to non-financial members of staff or to clients;
• providing financial planning and forecasting services.

What level of salary and benefits are there?

These figures are purely for guidance only. Salaries may vary for the area the job is situated in, age, experience along with a host of other factors:

• Typical starting salaries: £11,000 - £23,000 increasing to between £20,000 and £30,000 on qualification.
• Typical salaries at age 40: £30,000 - £100,000.
• Due to a shortage of finance staff, salaries are usually competitive.
• Starting salaries are dependent on the size and location of the organisation.
• It is important to consider the package of training, leave and pay offered by employers because studying to gain Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualifications whilst working can be challenging.

What type of hours will I have to work?

• Typical working hours are nine to five, with the possibility of some extra hours. In commerce and in practice, where there are strict client deadlines, there can be extra hours at peak periods.
• As with other areas of accountancy, flexible working has become more common.
• The work is mainly office based, though there is huge variety of working environments.
• Post-qualification ACCA accountants can attain a practising certificate and serve their own clients. Other accountants with a certain level of experience move on to working as consultants.
• Because of the strong emphasis on strategic business management within the ACCA training scheme, it is possible for chartered certified accountants to move on to working in a business management or consultancy capacity.
• Jobs are available in most areas, but are more commonly found in cities and larger towns.
• An ongoing part of a chartered certified accountant's work is keeping up to date with technical developments and changes in legislation.
• Due to the high profile nature of the work, dress code is usually formal.
• Travel within a working day, absence from home at night and overseas travel are occasionally required. The amount of travelling required depends on the nature of the business. In audit, most work is undertaken on clients' premises and may involve travelling. With the increase in multinational corporations and pan-global business, travel is becoming a common element in many corporate sectors. International secondments are also possible.

What type of skills will I need?

You will need to have some or all of the following type of skills to carry out this job:

Large employers require good A-level and degree performance. Business degrees provide varying levels of exemption, and a high number of UK graduates are exempt from parts of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) foundation stage. Graduates who have been awarded degrees designed to match the ACCA syllabus may be eligible for the maximum nine exemptions from the ACCA papers. Further details are available through the ACCA website.

What type of training will I receive?

Training is usually gained whilst in-service and involves the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) examinations and three years' supervised relevant financial experience. There is no time limit for when this experience may be gained and trainees may change their employers during training. The examination time limit is ten years but most graduates complete within two or three years. Chartered certified accountants can train anywhere in the world, in any employment sector and are free to move location or employment sector throughout their training as necessary. The practical experience required for ACCA membership may be gained prior to, during or after completing the examinations. Some students choose to work full-time and study on a part-time basis. Others may already have the necessary experience on registration with ACCA and only have to pass the examinations or will study for the professional examinations on a full-time course and gain the necessary three years' training later on.

ACCA's practical experience requirements are structured using competencies, which ensure that ACCA members have gained both a range and depth of experience and can adapt to working in any financial role. While ACCA students are able to gain the experience they need for membership within any type or size of business, many choose to train with an ACCA-accredited employer.

Financial assistance, structured study and the permission to attend revision courses are provided at the discretion of individual employers. ACCA has a number of approved training schemes with employers who guarantee support and finance for training. You may fund yourself, but this can be expensive and make heavy demands on your free time. There are also opportunities to study from home through approved providers.

The ACCA professional examinations are divided into three stages. Areas covered include key accounting principles, managerial issues, legal frameworks and strategic business management. The pass mark for all papers is 50%. The qualification is recognised internationally.

Career Progression:

Career progression is very often dependent on qualifications. Career development opportunities are improved by taking relevant professional training courses. It is also important that chartered certified accountants keep their technical skills up to date. Individuals also progress by diversifying or specialising in a particular area. Again, this is usually achieved by gaining relevant further qualifications.

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) provides a range of resources to support the continuing professional development (CPD) of its members. This includes a professional development manual and an ongoing programme of special events and sector-specific members' networks.

What Sort Of Industries Have A Requirement For This Type Of Job?

• public services, for example local and central government, The National Health Service (NHS) (public practice);
• major commercial companies, such as those in the pharmaceutical, retail and manufacturing industries (industry/commerce);
• individual clients requiring advice and support on issues including taxation, self-assessment and business planning (private practice);
• small businesses that need services including records auditing, wages management and financial management services (private practice). 

Any Related Types Of Jobs?

Yes. This list is not exhaustive but here are some similar and associated types of role:

• Chartered accountant
• Chartered management accountant
• Chartered public finance accountant
• Retail banker
• Company secretary
• Corporate treasurer
• Management consultant
• Tax adviser
• Tax inspector, Inland Revenue.

What trade magazines or publications are available for this industry?

All of the following magazines and journals can be purchased from any good bookstore:

ACCA Graduate Guide - Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
Accountancy Age - VNU Business Publications.
TARGET City and Finance - GTI Specialist Publishers.
Hobson's Finance Casebook - Hobsons Publishing PLC.

Where can I find further information?

Further information can be found by visiting any of the following bodies and organisations the addresses and their respective websites are:

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
ACCA Connect, 64 Finnieston Square, Glasgow G3 8DT
Tel: 0141 582 2000

The National Health Service (NHS)
PO Box 376, Bristol BS99 3EY
Tel: 020 7210 4850

Other Useful Chartered Certified Accountants Work Information

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