Accounts Officer
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
7d ago

Pay rates for accounts officers vary depending on the type of role they do.

  • Accounts officers / assistants earn between $34,000 and $55,000 a year.
  • Bookkeepers earn between $40,000 and $70,000.
  • Accounts receivable officers earn between $40,000 and $75,000.
  • Accounts payable officers earn between $38,000 and $75,000.
  • Payroll officers earn between $45,000 and $90,000.
  • Source : Hays, 'Hays 2014 Salary Guide', 2014.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Accounts officers may do some or all of the following :

  • handle general accounts queries
  • arrange payment of bills and accounts
  • check and bank payments received each day
  • keep records of financial transactions
  • check credit ratings of new customers
  • keep records of costs such as labour and materials
  • compare costs with budgets.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Accounts officers need to have :

  • basic accounting and maths skills
  • an understanding of how goods and services tax (GST) works
  • knowledge of computer and accounting software.
  • Accounts officers :

  • usually work regular hours, but may work weekends or evenings to meet deadlines
  • work in offices, but may travel to visit clients within their local area.
  • Entry requirements

    There are no specific entry requirements to become an accounts officer as skills and qualifications are gained on the job.

    Secondary education

    At least three years of secondary education is preferred. Useful subjects include English, maths, computer studies and accounting.

    Personal requirements

    Accounts officers need to be :

  • good record-keepers
  • good communicators.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for accounts officers includes :

  • bookkeeping.
  • Experience in buying and selling may also be useful.

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