Salary by region
Explore the average Assistant Accountant salary in the UK:
- London: £32,300
- South West: £23,600
- South East: £26,300
- Yorkshire: £22,800
- Wales: £22,600
Job prospects for Assistant Accountants
Accountants are in short supply in the UK hiring market, and with the finance industry already anticipating heavy workloads for the future, Assistant Accountants can expect good future job prospects.
Management Accountants and Financial Accountants are in high demand currently, so assistants can increase job opportunities by specialising in either of these roles. Vacancies are high for Assistant Management Accountants who are part-qualified or newly qualified in Leeds, London, Bristol and Birmingham.
Although there are temporary and contract job opportunities available in the hiring market for this role (a trend which is quickly rising to meet the employment demands of the sector) permanent roles still remain the most plentiful. Professionals looking for temporary employment are likely to find that the best placement opportunities are between 6 months and one year in length.
The best job offers are going to assistant accountants with experience in financial services. Assistants should be actively working towards a full AAT, ACCA or CIMA qualification. Advanced Excel skills are a must, most notably: pivot tables, experience with multiple spreadsheets and use of macros.
Assistant Accountant salary opportunities
Financial services salaries have seen a slight uplift in recent months, this is especially true for graduate and junior salaries, which are higher than they’ve been in recent months.
Assistant financial accountants start on £30,000 and can reach £50,500 with the right experience on their CV. For the best-earning potential, professionals should seek opportunities in London (£32,500), Edinburgh (£32,000) and Bristol (£30,600).
Assistant Management Accountants typically earn between £35,000-£65,000. The top salaries for this position in the UK are London (£42,000), Edinburgh (£41,400) and Bristol (£39,600).
Financial planning is a high-value skill, as is advanced Excel and a CIMA, ACCA or AAT part-qualification. Industry-specific experience is sought-after and employers are more likely to offer the best salaries to professionals with relevant industry experience and the right cultural fit.
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2019 Salary Guide
The Robert Half Salary Guide is your comprehensive guide to competitive, confident hiring for the year ahead. Based on interviews with 200 CFOs, 100 CIOs, 300 hiring managers and 2,000 professionals from across the UK, it provides an extensive overview of the key trends affecting hiring in 2019.
- Salary ranges for 270 jobs
- Most in-demand positions & skills
- Hiring market trends per sector
- Key retention and development strategies
- Trends in remuneration packages and starting salaries