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Work as Accountant in the UK

      The Opportunity                How to Prepare                    FAQs         


The UK is an exciting place to be for an accountant - from the “square-mile” in London to the Scottish capital of Edinburgh. While London, after 300 years, remains the financial centre of Europe the rest of the UK also needs accountants with overseas experience. Jumpstart your job search by registering with agencies who specialise in finding accounting work for travelers. 


The Opportunity

Employment Scope



Find contract or permanent positions in the Private Sector, Public Sector or Banking Sector. 

There is a range of positions available for partially to fully qualified accountants and others with relevant experience. Choose to settle in bustling London or elswhere, and structure contracts to allow for travel.


Available Opportunities 

There is quite the array of accounting opportunities for working travelers from countries like Australia, New Zealand and Canada in the UK. Positions range from Part Qualified to Chartered Accountant. Employment can be found within the private and public sectors, in-house or within large firms including banking accounting, management accounting, treasury and audit.   


List of Common Accounting Jobs


    • Accounts Assistant
    • Fund Accountant
    • Payroll Supervisor 
    • Fund Tax Accountant 
    • Accounts Payable 
    • Project Accountant
    • Financial Controller 
    • Reconciliations Accountant
    • Internal Auditor 
    • Unit Trust Accountant
    • Senior Audit Manager
    • Fixed Income Accountant 

Beyond the Private Sector: Public Sector and Banking

Apart from the conventional accounting roles you would expect to find in a metropolis there are possibly two major areas that stand out - Public Sector and Banking.

Public Sector: Contrary to popular belief, public sector accounting is diverse and thriving, including local and federal government and the National Health Service, which are all evolving to become far more commercially focused. Recently however, budget cuts have made some sectors more difficult to secure employment.

Banking and Finance: The Banking and Finance sector, in London in particular has also provided exciting opportunities and continues to provide excellent job options for people from overseas. Some common areas are financial accounting/ reporting and financial analysis. Another big area is commerce where responsibilities for accountants vary from management/financial accounting through to business analysis and project driven roles.


An Internaional Market: London and Beyond 

Find positions in bustling London, just outside the city in what some call "real England," or throughout Scotland, where accountants are continually in high demand. A number of working travelers are also finding employment in other major centres such as Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow and Edinburgh. More



How Much You'll Earn

Contract vs. Permanent Positions

Position Location
Contract Rate Per Hour
Position Location Salary Range
Payroll Clerk
7 - 11 Junior Ledger Clerk Birmingham 12000 - 14000
Junior Credit Controller London 8 - 11 Senior Purchase Ledger Clerk Greater London 16000 - 20000
Experienced Credit Controller London 14 - 17 Junior Credit Controller London 12000 - 15000
Junior Accounts Assistant London 8 - 13 Senior Credit Control Clerk   16000 - 22000
Senior Accounts Assistant Home Counties 13 - 20 Junior Accounts Assistant Berkshire 11000 - 17000
Senior Accounts Payable Clerk London 12 - 14 Account Supervisor   18000 - 22000
Part - Qualified Financial Accountant London 13 - 16 Accounts Manager Berkshire 21000 - 32000
PQ or Qualified External Auditor London 14 - 20 Credit Supervisor   18000 - 23000
PQ - Assistant Management Accountant London 14 - 16 Credit Manager   22000 - 40000
Assistant Accountant London 11 - 13 Qualified Management Accountant London 25000 - 45000
Part - Qualified Fund Accountant London 15 - 21 Recently Qualified Chartered Accountant London 36000 - 40000
Financial Account Assistant London 22 - 25 Recently Qualified Chartered Accountant Edinburgh 26000 - 30000
Management Accountant London 20 - 30 Qualified Financial Accountant London 38000 - 55000
Finance Manager London 20 - 27  
Specialist Qualified Banking Accountant London 25 - 35


How to Prepare


Past Experience Required 

For a degree-qualified accountant you will ideally be qualified or have 1-2 year’s solid experience in your home country. As an accounts assistant or in general accounts, experience will be the key and once again; 1-2 years experience is accepted. The possible exception to this rule is if you hold an EU passports or UK Ancestry Visa where you can be considered for permanent positions on an equal footing with your British recent graduate counterparts.


Qualifications You Need

Degrees, dimplomas and certificate qualifications gained in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa or Canada will be recognised in the UK. If you're considering long-term opportunities in the UK, transerring your qualfications can be advantageous. The majority of professional qualificaitons earned outside of the UK will be transferrable. In order to achieve the equivalent UK qualification, often you will need to acquire some UK experience and sit some exams.

Exactly how much experience and additional study you need to do is a function of the qualifications you currently have, and the country from which you received your qualifications. Either way, it's helpful to get to know the three major British professional qulifications: ACA, CIMA AND ACCA. 


Major British Professional Qualifications


An ACA is an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.



An ACCA will have passed the professional examinations required for membership of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.



CIMA have passed the professional examinations required for membership of the qualified accountants and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants respectively.


AAAT*     While not one of the 3 major qualifications, there is also the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAAT) which enables people to study whilst working. It offers practical training and qualifications in key accounting tasks and can lead towards Chartered Accountancy


Find out about specific qualification requirements by visiiting the 3 major professional bodies:

ICAEW        ACCA        CIMA 


Skills of the Ideal Candidate

In general, experience of relevant industry systems, specialised products and competency in using a spreadsheet are all skills that you should ensure are communicated clearly on your resume. Also if you are multilingual be sure to also put this at the top of your resume, there are a considerable number of accounting opportunites in the UK that require competency in another language.





Can I secure an accounting job before arriving in the UK?

It is not common to secure a position prior to leaving home but there is a lot you can do before you arrive.

Before you leave home you should endevour to make contact with recruitment agencies that are specialists at helping accountants. These companies can ensure you are put forward to roles that are suitable for your experience and also match your visa and travel needs if required. This way you can hit the ground running.

What kind of accounting opportunities are available in the UK?

Whether you're a partially or fully qualified accountant or simply have significant relevant experience, you will find a suitable opportunity in England or Scotland. Both contract and permanent positions are available in  the Private Sector, as well as to the Public and Banking and Finance Sector. You can expect to find a long-term contract job, or a series of short-term contract positions.

Will my overseas qualifications be recognised in Britain?

The certificate qualifications, as well as the degrees and diploma, that you've earned in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa or Canada will be recognised in the UK. Your experience will also be highly regarded and once you gain UK experience you will find your resume will lead to even more interviews.

Should I get UK accouting qualifications?

There are four professional accounting qualifications - ACA, CIMA, ACCA and AAT. These qualifications are given to individuals by the various professional accounting organisations in the UK. There is a perception by British employers that different qualifications are advantageous for different roles. As with most professions however, your experience is the most important consideration. If you are planning a long term stay or want to continue along a particular career path you would do well to consider gaining the qualifications in line with your aspirations. Since CA or CPA qualifications are international in nature they are quickly recognised.

How much will I earn?

Pay rates of course depend on your specific experience and on the company or institution that employs you. As a general rule, as you gain UK experience your rate will go up accordingly. British qualifications and part-qualifications such as ACA, CIMA, and ACCA may also factor into the equation. For contract positions, wages start at £12 per hour and range to £35. View full eanings table. 

Where are the accounting opportunities in England and Scotland?

Traditionally there are a wide variety of accounting positions thoughout England and Scotland. In the city of London for example, there has always been a high demand for contractors. Outside of London, there are also opportunities on offer. Scotland in particular has a steady need for qualified accountants. Many companies have offices just outside of London in the nearby counties. Working in these counties, such as Middlesex, Hertfordshire, Berkshire and Surrey enable many travellers to live just outside of London in what some call “real England” or alternately enjoy the many fruits of living in London with the advantage of an easy commute against the traffic. A growing number of travellers are also finding employment in the major centres such as Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

What is the minimum experience required?

You should have 1-2 years of relevant experience in your home country, regardless of whether you're a degree-qualified accountant, or work as an accounts assistant or in general accounts. The only potential exception to this rule applies to travelers with an EU passport or Ancestry Visa. In these cases, you may be able to compete with other recent graduates from the UK but if possible gaining experience at home will put you at a significant advantage.


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