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About this Sector

About this Sector

Please give an overview of your sector?

Accounting Technicians are qualified accounting professionals employed throughout all levels of finance across the public sector, industry, private accountancy practices and self-employment.

They can perform a wide range of financial roles typically associated with fully trained accountants including financial accounting and budgeting, costing and credit control, payroll administration and tax returns, senior managerial tasks, auditing and assurance work, consulting, corporate finance, tax planning and insolvency.

Research shows strong demand for Accounting Technicians at various levels within industry, practice and the public sector in Ireland, underpinned by the strength of our qualification.

Our graduates are working in practice, construction, financial services, IT, manufacturing, professional services, NGOs, medical and many other sectors which are experiencing rapid growth as the economic recovery takes off.

What are the current issues affecting this sector?

Analysis of the labour market (National Skills Bulletin ROI) confirms continuing shortages for accounting technician skills, deeming it a niche area.

Do you have any statistics relevant to the sector?

Since 2015 there has been a 66% increase in demand for qualified Accounting Technicians. 

Are there any areas in your sector currently experiencing skills shortages?

Currently, there is a shortage of Accounting Technicians as highlighted by the National Skills Bulletin ROI. 

Demand for Accounting Technicians continues to grow apace. Our graduates are working in practice, construction, financial services, IT, manufacturing, professional services, NGOs, medical and many other sectors which are experiencing rapid growth as the economic recovery continues.

Accounting Technicians Ireland’s graduates have the skills to perform accounting tasks including
bookkeeping, accounts preparation, expense and VAT analysis, reporting and credit control, as well
as specialist tasks in areas such as tax, audit and payroll.

In addition, the National Apprenticeship Council is developing new opportunities for companies to take
on talented school-leavers and mature learners who gain skills through ‘on-the-job’ learning. Employees
in all sectors welcome this opportunity to diversify their workforce and tap a new talent stream.

From September 2017, Accounting Technicians Ireland will deliver the first National Apprenticeship in the field of accountancy.

Working in industry, practice and the public sector, and studying in local colleges, Accounting Technician Apprentices will develop critical accounting knowledge and theory – and then put this into practice in the work environment.

Accounting Technician Apprentices are mentored in both the workplace and the college, as they
work towards achieving our in-demand qualification over the two-year programme.