Finding a job
When considering your move to the UK, it’s a prerequisite that you consider where you might work. You will need to be authorised to work and you can learn more about that.
Helpful immigration and work visa resources
The UK immigration and work visa process is subject to change. So use the following links to access current information:
- Visas and immigration homepage (10 sections)
- Work in the UK (paid or voluntary work; 28 sections)
- Operational guidance (15 sections)
- Important things to do upon arrival (laws for expat workers)
Members have reported success in moving to the UK when they have secured a work transfer from their employers. Members also tell us that for those who move to the UK without employment, securing that first job is difficult.
They have had to take on temporary employment or lower level jobs than they might have held in the past. Be persistent in your job search, and utilise a variety of resources available to you including those that are indicated below.
Our UK-wide ACCA job roles and locations and sectors over 30,000 within the UK are largely within accounting and public practice, as well as the financial services and corporate sector. They include Business Analysts, Finance Controllers, Payroll Administrators, Finance Directors and Trainee Accountants.
We also have a large array of employers for whom you could work, including PwC, KMPG, Deloitte, EY, Barclays Bank and Accenture. Our breadth of jobs available means that you are sure to find the perfect role with ACCA Careers. Visit ACCA Careers.
Consider looking for employment at a global or local ACCA Approved Employer. The following are locally approved employers:
IBM, Apple, IQEQ, Bank of England, Next PLC, Bank of Ireland, PwC, KMPG, Deloitte, EY, Barclays Bank, Accenture, GSK, Department of Transport, Roche, Grant Thornton, Fin-eX Consultants, Shell Business Operations Kuala Lumpur, PRIMARK, Northern Trust. Search for ACCA Approved Employers.
A local resource, Reed can be a great secondary resource along with ACCA Careers. Visit the Reed website.
Michael Page is a global recruitment agency, with offices throughout the United Kingdom, and a frequent speaker at ACCA events. Michael Page has helped ACCA members find employment in the past and still does. Visit the Michael Page website.
LinkedIn serves as the job board of choice for many employers and job seekers in the United Kingdom. Be sure your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date and check out what jobs are listed there!
Many large accounting firms and multinational organisations do recognize the ACCA qualification; however, it is not as well known among small- to medium- sized enterprises in the UK. Our biggest piece of advice is to locate employment prior to moving to the UK.
The Big Four is a great employer of ACCA members as well as large multinational companies. Companies in a large cosmopolitan area will have greater opportunity than smaller counties. Visit LinkedIn Jobs.