Skills Profile – Accounting Clerks

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An accounting clerk, also known as Accounts Assistants or Assistant Accounts, is responsible for producing and processing accounts payable and receivable information. They also record and collate overhead, inventory and general expenditure costs, as well as employee wages. The data produced by Accounting Clerks is used as a reference for creating operating budgets and profit and loss calculations.  

What do they look like? 

Of the 155,500 accounting clerks in the workforce, 80.9% are female (49.6% full-time and 31.3% part-time). 

The majority (25%) of Accounting Clerks have completed their high school education, with 16% going on to obtain a Bachelor Degree. 13.8% of those in the field have obtained an Advanced Diploma or Diploma. 

When it comes to age, the largest age group for Accounting Clerks is 35-44 years (24.3%), followed narrowly by the 45-54 years bracket (23.8%) and the 25-34 years age group (23%). 

What is the hiring criteria for this type of position?

Interviewers recruiting for an Accounting Clerk position will be looking for the below: 

  • Skilled in using an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, the Microsoft Office suite and other software as required 
  • High attention to detail
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
  • Task-orientated and able to work towards set deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Able to work autonomously and as part of a team
  • Skilled in external stakeholder engagement
  • Adherence to company privacy policies.

The fundamental skills that are required for this profession are active listening, reading comprehension and speaking, while the repetition of tasks has also been identified as an important job factor. 

What are the employment trends for this profession?

Past employment growth figures show that the biggest increase in employment occurred in the past 5 years (29.2%). 

Employment for Accounting Clerks is expected to further increase by 2017 in comparison to other occupations. Related professions, such as Billing, Cost and Rate Clerks, and Executive Secretaries, also have a bright employment outlook.  

The majority of Accounting Clerks (47%) look for employment online, while 29% seek employment in newspapers. 

On average, full-time Accounting Clerks (66.8%) only work 37.6 hours per week. For all occupations, this average number is 41.3 hours. 

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References: 

  • Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Chandler Macleod Group 
  • Job Outlook, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
  • Seek
  • Roy Morgan July 2012 - June 2013
  • O*NET OnLine Summary Report 2012

 

 

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