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Bookkeeper / Accounts Clerk

Duties and Tasks

Bookkeepers and Accounts Clerks may perform the following tasks:

  • Receive and record invoices and arrange payment
  • Prepare and send invoices to debtors
  • Check and process loan applications
  • Calculate and distribute wages and salaries
  • Prepare regular reports and summaries of accounting activities
  • Prepare financial statements and debtors' listings
  • Check customers' credit ratings
  • Verify recorded transactions and report irregularities to management
  • Prepare reconciliations of accounts

This occupation may include associated occupations with varying tasks.

  • Preparing and processing documentation related to accounts payable and receivable
  • Reconciling invoices and despatching payments
  • Calculating, analysing and investigating the costs of proposed expenditure, wages and standard costs
  • Preparing bank reconciliations
  • Allocating expenditure to specified budget accounts
  • Summarising expenditure and receipts
  • Preparing records of standard costs and values for items such as raw materials and packaging supplies
  • Recording cost variations and contract price movements
  • Compiling cost data for preparation of operating budgets, and profit and loss calculations
  • nvestigating the costs of proposed expenditures, quotations and estimates
  • Preparing reports of total costs, inventory adjustments, selling prices and profits
  • May work in a call centre


Personal Requirements

Jobs in this field involve working with data to order, process or retrieve facts and figures, or to develop or administer policies and procedures. Activities include organising, using or updating information, such as files or accounts, developing or following procedures or systems, and the planning, budgeting, and staffing of an organisation.

  • aptitude for figures
  • well organised
  • able to work as part of a team
  • able to meet deadlines
  • good communication skills
  • aptitude for working with computers
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For more information

For more information on career pathways for students with bookkeeping qualifications please contact our careers advisor at TBST.