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  • £20,000 estimated starting salary
  • £24,000 estimated salary
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For a Bookkeeper, it’s all about making sure the numbers add up…

Any business, regardless of size, is required by law to keep a record of their financial transactions (or ‘keep books’). Transactions can include purchases, sales, receipts and other payments made by the organization or an individual within it.

A bookkeeper’s main role is to gather and record the financial transactions of a business, detailing how much money the company makes and spends. Other tasks may include:

  • Receiving and processing invoices for payment
  • Processing payroll
  • Calculating profit and loss
  • Estimating revenue and expenditures
  • Managing ledgers, and making sure the books ‘balance’

Having a strong aptitude for numbers is one of the key requirements of this position. You will need excellent concentration skills, and the ability to work to strict deadlines is essential.

Other key skills and attributes include:

  • An organised and methodical approach when completing tasks
  • Computer literate       
  • A strong attention to detail
  • Exceptional communication skills      
  • Honesty and discretion   

Bookkeeper

Up to
£25,000

Accountant

Up to
£35,000

Management Accountant

Up to
£50,000

What's it like to be a Bookkeeper?

My job involves a lot of processing and data entry, and sometimes I have to work to strict deadlines. It can seem dull to some people, but I see it like a puzzle. I really enjoy putting all the different pieces together, and being able to present everything when you’ve finished is really gratifying

Get qualified

While entry level positions usually won't require previous experience, you will often need to have some knowledge of standard bookkeeping practices, as well as specific bookkeeping software.

IAB Level 1 Foundation Bookkeeping

The course will teach you to perform a range of key bookkeeping tasks, such as how to maintain customer and supplier accounts, create invoices, run financial reports, and confidently navigate Sage One Accounts - the world’s most popular computerised accounting software for business.

IAB Level 1 course

IAB Level 2 Intermediate Bookkeeping

If you already understand the basic principles of bookkeeping and want to take your skills to the next level, the IAB level 2 course brings you one step closer to launching a career helping small and medium-sized businesses manage their books.

IAB Level 2 course

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