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Accounting & Finance jobs

Accounting and finance jobs are lucrative positions that typically offer normal weekday hours as well as appealing salaries. Accounting and finance jobs require a metric; however, some companies may have internships for those who do not have a matric and are in school. There may also be debt collection jobs that do not require a matric as this position is often a call centre job. However, post secondary education is almost always required for other accounting and finance jobs.

Accountant

An accountant is someone with a college background in finances. Accountants may be employed by companies or may have their own business. This profession involves analysing financial statements to create paths to reach financial goals. This is a broad category and the duties are often varied depending on the employer. Accountants prepare taxes, monitor cash flow and look for discrepancies. They also keep up with general ledger accounts, train accounting assistants to handle invoices and billing, and perform many other specialised tasks. The average salary of an accountant is R21 361 with an accounting assistant averaging R13 865, depending on level of experience.

Payroll Manager

Companies and businesses with employees often require a payroll manager to handle paying employees, maintaining records, paying taxes, and staying abreast of legal policies. Payroll managers may work alone or have assistants to help with collecting and processing information. This position requires constant education to stay abreast of changes in the law regarding payroll and taxes. The payroll manager is directly responsible for ensuring that deductions and exemptions are up-to-date and entered properly before payroll is processed and checks are cut. This is a well-paying position with mid-level payroll managers averaging R39 500 monthly.

Debtors Clerk

A debtors clerk works with debt collections, either as part of a debt collection agency or for businesses seeking to collect bad debt from clients. This position pays from R15 000 to R18 000 monthly. A college education is not required; however, basic knowledge of debt collecting is helpful. This position is often part-time and suited for more mature people as most people with bad debt are not receptive to being phoned constantly. The main duties involve calling, mailing, and emailing debtors and tracking responses for the employer.

Accounting and finance jobs are available throughout South Africa in practically every industry. If you have an accounting or finance degree, there are many specialised positions that offer excellent compensation benefits.