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€40k > 75
Internal Auditor
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€40 - 75
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Sigmar / Brightwater / Robert Walters / Hudson / Abrivia / Lincoln

Last Updated: February, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Shortages have been identified in the National Skills Bulletin 2017 for the following areas:

Accounting: "financial and management accountants with expertise in solvency, taxation, IFSR4 relevant skills and regulatory compliance; accountants for roles in industry with ERP system and reporting tools, as well as language skills; actuaries"

FinTech: "business and financial professionals with skills in specific software packages and experience (including international)"

Occupational Category

Accountants & tax experts

Also included in this category:

Chartered and certified accountants; management accountants; tax consultants and advisers; tax inspectors.

Number Employed:


Part time workers: 11%
Aged over 55: 14%
Male / Female: 51 / 49%
Non-Nationals: 93%
With Third Level: 94%
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At a Glance... header image

An Auditor is a Professional Accountant who has undergone further post qualification training.

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Claire Hanrahan
Claire works as an Internal Auditor for CRH Group. She completed a Bachelor of Business Studies in University of Limerick and went on to do the ACCA exams thereafter. Travel is a big aspect of her current role and she spends half of her time away from home.
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The Work header image

Auditors are professionally qualified specialist accountants. They examine a client's accounts to check they have been accurately prepared in accordance with the Companies Act. This covers accounts and financial reporting standards.  
Limited companies are required by law to have their accounts audited by a certified or chartered accountant. Auditors often conduct their work on the client's premises. They start by gaining a thorough knowledge of a client's business and continue gathering evidence until they are certain that there are no significant errors in the accounts.  
Auditors carry out audit tests and examine samples of documents and records to check that all transactions, assets and liabilities have been properly recorded. Techniques include inspecting assets and seeking further details from both within and outside a company. They may also compare current accounts with the previous year, or with a comparable company's accounts.  
Auditors complete their work by preparing a report for presentation to the company's shareholders and management.

Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation


Collect and analyze data to detect deficient controls, duplicated effort, extravagance, fraud, or non-compliance with laws, regulations, and management policies.


Prepare detailed reports on audit findings.


Supervise auditing of establishments, and determine scope of investigation required.


Report to management about asset utilization and audit results, and recommend changes in operations and financial activities.


Inspect account books and accounting systems for efficiency, effectiveness, and use of accepted accounting procedures to record transactions.


Examine records and interview workers to ensure recording of transactions and compliance with laws and regulations.


Examine and evaluate financial and information systems, recommending controls to ensure system reliability and data integrity.


Review data about material assets, net worth, liabilities, capital stock, surplus, income, and expenditures.


Confer with company officials about financial and regulatory matters.


Examine whether the organization's objectives are reflected in its management activities, and whether employees understand the objectives.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.


Analyzing Data or Information: Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.


Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.


Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.


Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.


Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards: Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.


Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.


Processing Information: Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.


Provide Consultation and Advice to Others: Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.


Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates: Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.

Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.


Economics and Accounting: Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.


English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


Administration and Management: Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.


Computers and Electronics: Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.


Mathematics: Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.


Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Systems Evaluation: Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.


Systems Analysis: Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.


Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

To be an auditor you need to be highly numerate and capable of interpreting complicated accounts. You should have an enquiring mind, a good eye for detail and be accurate and methodical in your work.  
An ability to communicate effectively and explain results clearly and concisely is essential. Good report writing skills are also necessary.

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Organisation: Chartered Accountants Ireland
Address: Chartered Accountants House, 47 - 49 Pearse Street, Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 637 7200
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Organisation: Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
Address: 9 Leeson Park, Dublin 6
Tel: (01) 447 5678
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Organisation: Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority
Address: Willow House, Millenium Park, Naas, Co. Kildare
Tel: (045) 983 600
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