Accountant jobs come in a range of skill levels, from trainee right up to senior. That means that although there will always be a need for chartered accountants in the jobs market, it’s also a discipline that can be entered at a relatively low level, but always with excellent prospects for the most talented and hard-working.
For the most part, companies are looking for qualified accountants with AAT, ACCA, AIA, CIMA or ICAEW qualifications to step into accountancy departments and work under direct supervision. However, since there’s such a spectrum of accountancy qualification and experience, and a significant array of accountancy skills required to work in specific sectors, the details of the job advert will be crucial if an accountant is to slot into a given role with the relevant qualifications, experience and sectoral understanding.
Accountancy – the skills required
Accountants tend to know they want to take their chosen career paths from an early age. They are always people who love mathematics and who have an analytical mindset, and can apply these skills to getting to the bottom of any finance-related task that is set for them.
Accountant roles will also require a degree of business acumen – knowing the ins and outs of what makes industry tick (money) will stand an accountant in good stead, and it’s something that only ever improves with experience.
Accountant Jobs in Northern Ireland
The smallest country in the UK, Northern Ireland has traditionally been associated with industries like shipping, rope making and textile manufacture. In fact, during the American Civil War, the supply of cotton from the States was cut and Belfast gained the nickname Linenopolis, as Irish linen helped to alleviate problems caused by the shortage.
During the 18th and 19th centuries, Belfast was home to many of the world's top shipbuilders, including Harland and Wolff, the firm that went on to build the RMS Titanic, her sisters the Britannic and Olympic and other vessels like the HMS Belfast during the early 20th century.
Northern Ireland has also seen its share of violence and civil unrest, during a period known as the Troubles, which lasted from the late 1960s until the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.
Since then, the country has grown more stable and a number of redevelopment projects have helped to turn Northern Ireland into a thriving place with an economy based mainly in the service sector - although many of the older business are still in operation. What's more, there are plenty of opportunities for those seeking Accountant vacancies.
Just some of the companies with regional headquarters or other facilities in the region include DuPont and Caterpillar. In addition, Short Brothers, one of the first companies in the world to produce aircraft, moved to Northern Ireland in 1948 - today it owned by Bombardier Aerospace and produces flight control systems and other components.
Accountant recruitment at Cast UK
Are you assembling a team of accountants, or simply need a single accountant to oversee a smaller business’s finances? At Cast UK, we can find just the right people with the right skills to deliver a shortlist for you to take to the interview stage. Why not give one of our consultants a call on 0333 121 3345 so we can start searching for the perfect candidates?
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