Accountants play an important role in all organisations, both in the private and public sectors. You will be involved in a range of tasks depending on the industry you work in but you might be involved in advising clients on financial transactions, auditing or advising on business improvement.

Chartered Accountant

As a Chartered Accountant you will play a strategic role in an organisation, ensuring maximum profitability and will be involved in auditing, forensic accountancy, taxation, financial reporting and much more. If you work in public practice, typical duties may include advising clients business on business improvement and financial transactions and advising clients on tax issues. If you work in industry, you may be involved in liaising with internal and external auditors, preparing financial statements and advising on tax and treasury issues.

Typical starting salary: £19,000 - £25,000.
Average UK salary range: £19,760 - £50,440 

On qualification as a CA, your salary will increase significantly.

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Tax Advisor

As a Tax Advisor you will use your knowledge of tax legislation to provide professional advice to clients, explaining complicated legislation in simple terms. As well as dealing with HM Revenue and Customs on your clients' behalf, you will carry out detailed calculations on your client's tax liability and determine the best strategies to plan your client's financial future.

Typical starting salary: £20,000 - £37,000.

If you qualify as a member of the Association of Tax Technicians you can expect to earn £26,000 - £37,000.

If you obtain the Chartered Institute of Taxation qualification, you can expect to earn £30,000 - £55,000.

Robert Gordon University graduates

Some of our graduates have gone on to be:

  • Trainee Accountant with Ernst & Young in Inverness
  • Trainee Chartered Accountant with Meston Reid and Co
  • Senior Associate with Deloitte LLP in Edinburgh
  • Trainee Accountant with Hall Morrice Chartered Accountants in Aberdeen