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Accountancy Salary Guide

Accountancy Salary Guide 

At Abacus we have a wealth of experience, placing highly skilled practice and industry accountancy candidates throughout NI.  We are in an excellent position within the marketing place to confirm accounting professionals are taking advantage of the renewed growth in the economy and actively planning their career progression.

Recent Activity:

Regardless of market retraction in recent years, the contract market has remained solid across all sectors from the part-qualified to the fully qualified levels.  The newly qualified market has continued to grow.  Late 2014 and most certainly at the start of 2015 has seen improvement in employment across the accountancy support and part qualified markets.

We have found there is a pressure point within accountancy due to the huge demand for newly qualified candidates, with many firms in NI actively competing for these candidates.

Skills in demand:

  • Newly Qualified Accountants –ACCA, ACA, CAI, CIMA,
  • Audit Seniors/Managers
  • IFRS Experience
  • Commercial Awareness
  • Big 4 background

Increasingly the temporary and contract market has experienced more significant growth in recent months.  Candidates appear to apply for more temporary roles which offer a chance of going permanent.  This is due to the amount of large projects being taken on board companies need to assess whether there is need for a permanent member of staff before fully committing to hire.   We have also found leading firms actively recruit across the board – audit and advisory, restructuring and insolvency are all key areas for growth.

Range of Benefits available:

Abacus are willing to showcase a range of benefits available from competitive bonuses, excellent pension to the drive of high work life balance agreements to salary brackets:

Practice Basic Salary
£ Per Annum
(‘000)
Trainee Accountant ICAI or ACCA
Trainee entering contract 12 – 14k
Exam stage II completed 13 – 16k
Exam stage III completed 14 – 18k
FAE passed (pre-contract) 20 – 24k
Newly Qualified CA/ACCA:
Newly Qualified CA/ACCA 24 – 29
NQ Seniors – Top 20 Firms 25 – 29
NQ Seniors – Independent Firms 24 – 28
NQ Seniors – Regional Firms 22 – 28
Accounting Technicians:
Accounting Tech. (Year 1 Completed) 13 – 16
Accounting Tech. (Finals Completed) 16 – 19
Accounting Tech. Qualified 3Yrs Exp 22 – 26
Experienced Professionals:
Top 20 Firm Independent Firm Regional Firm
Audit, Assistant Manager 30 – 34 28 – 34 26 – 32
Audit Manager 36 – 46 34 – 42 34 – 40
Corporate Finance, Assistant Manager 32 – 36 30 – 35 28 – 36
Corporate Finance Manager 38 – 46 38 – 45 38 – 45
Internal Audit, Assistant Manager 32 – 36 30 – 35 28 -34
Internal Audit Manager 38 – 46 38 – 44 36 – 42
Forensic Accountant, Assistant Manager 32 – 38 30 – 36 30 – 35
Forensic Accounting Manager 38 – 46 38 – 46 36 – 42
Business Recovery, Assistant Manager 32 – 38 30 -36 30 -35
Business Recovery Manager 38 – 46 38 – 46 36 – 42
Consulting, Assistant Manager 30 – 36 30 – 36 30 -35
Consulting, Manager 38 – 46 35 – 45 33 – 40
Tax Professionals:
Top 20 Firm Independent Firm Regional Firm
Tax Technician (Qualified ATT) 18 – 22 16 – 22 16 – 20
Tax Senior (Qualified ATT) 20 – 24 20 – 24 18 – 24
Tax Senior (Qualified ATT & CIOT) 24 – 28 24 – 28 22 – 26
Tax Assistant Manager 28 – 34 26 – 34 26 – 30
Tax Manager 34 – 42 34 – 40 30 – 38
Tax Senior Manager 38 – 48 36 – 46 35 – 45

 

Industry 0 – 2 Yrs Exp 3 – 5 Yrs Exp 6 – 8 Yrs Exp
£ Per Annum £ Per Annum £ Per Annum
(‘000) (‘000) (‘000)
General Accounts Clerk 13 – 14.5 14 – 16.5 15.5 – 17.5
Accounts Assistant 15 – 17 16 – 20 18 – 22
Assistant Accountant 16 – 20 18 – 22 20 – 26
Experienced Accounts Supervisor N/A 20 – 25 24 – 28
Experienced Book-keeper N/A 19 – 24 21 – 26
Payroll Professional 14 – 16 18 – 24 22 – 28
Credit Control Professional 14 – 16 18 – 24 22 – 28
Credit Control Manager 22 – 26 24 – 32 30 – 42
QBE Accountant 22 – 26 24 – 34 30 – 38
Trainees: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Qualified
CIMA/ACCA Trainee 14 – 18 16 – 22 20 – 26 28 – 34
Accounting Technician (IATI) 13 – 16 14 – 18 N/A 18 – 24
Qualified Accountants: Newly Qual 1 – 3 Yrs PQE 3 – 5 Yrs PQE
Financial Accountant 28 – 32 30 – 38 36 – 44
Management Accountant 28 – 32 30 – 38 36 – 44
Group Accountant N/A 32 – 38 38 – 46
Team Leader (AP/AR/General Ledger) N/A 32 – 28 38 – 46
Project Accountant (fixed term appointment) 30 – 35 34 – 40 40 – 50
Senior Professionals: 5 – 9 Yrs PQE 10 Yrs PQE+
Finance Manager 45 – 65K 50 – 75k+
Financial Controller/Head of Finance 50 – 75k 60 – 90k+
Financial Director 60 – 90k 80 – 120k+

To discuss your accounting career options, contact the Abacus team in confidence on 028 9031 315 by calling anytime (day/evening) by speaking to Justin Rush, (Director justin@abacus.jobs) or Richard Bodles, (Accountancy Recruitment Consultant justin@abacus.jobs).  Further information is available on www.abacus.jobs/accountancyjobsni

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