Average accounts assistant salaries in the UK - 2021

Salary by region

Explore the average UK accounts assistant salary in the UK by location:

  • London: £29,000
  • Wales: £20,200
  • Scotland: £22,300
  • East of England: £22,300
  • Yorkshire and the Humber: £20,500

Job prospects for accounts assistants

Job prospects are looking good for accounting professionals over the coming months as the skills shortage continues to deprive businesses of the qualified talent they’re looking for. Junior professionals are in high demand at finance companies and accountants are some of the most sought-after professionals on the market at present.

Accounts assistant jobs in London, Leeds and Edinburgh are seeing a growing demand in the current UK hiring market. Professionals who are part-qualified or fully-qualified in AAT, with accounts receivable and accounts payable experience are proving to be the most in-demand with employers.

As many businesses move towards cloud-based solutions and digitising their finance department, accounts assistants are expected to have a good working knowledge of Sage, Xero and QuickBooks alongside the suite of Microsoft Office programmes.

Temporary and contract employment is becoming a staple for hiring strategies in the accounting and finance sector, with 28% of CFOs stating that they plan to hire temporary professionals for accounting roles in the future. During the period of financial year-end, there is often increased demand for temporary accounts assistant professionals.

Salary section accounts assistant salary opportunities

An average accounts assistant salary in the UK has a midpoint of £22,500 and ranges from £20,600 to £31,300, depending on the skills, experience and complexity of the position.

Scotland (especially Edinburgh) and the East of England offer good earning potential with salaries reaching £32,900. A good salary can be negotiated in the South East, which typically offers a midpoint average of £23,600 for the role. The average accounts assistant salary in London has a range of £26,600 to £40,400 and is the highest on offer in the UK.

Employers looking to hire an accounts assistant are often open to offering study assistance or study leave for their preferred candidates who keen to progress their career with the company.

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