Members in the UK and Ireland's main accountancy bodies.
Tax and Consultancy
Are major growth areas
£20,000 to £25,000
Average starting salaries in this sector
Average earning potential six to nine years after qualifying
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The Big Four accountancy firms, PwC, Deloitte, Ernst & Young and KPMG audit most of the accounts for big firms and control around 35% of the market in the UK
These firms hire a large number of people and dominate many areas of business, such as audit
However, other big and successful firms exist in this area, and it is possible to get very good experience at smaller firms
Accountancy doesn't require a specialised degree, but good academic results are expected
To train as an accountant, the first step is to find a company to hire you as a trainee
Following this, training is done with a professional body and usually takes around three years
Increasing amounts of work is being done by Accounts Technicians, who do not require a degree.
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