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Association of Accounting Technicians
AAT is the UK’s leading qualification and professional membership body for accounting staff
Whatever stage you are at in your finance career, AAT can help. Over 30,000 people complete AAT qualifications each year knowing it will give them the practical work-ready skills to do a wide range of accounting and finance jobs.
Website: http://www.aat.org.uk
Qualifications and Training
AAT is the UK’s leading qualification and professional membership body for accounting staff with around 125,000 members in more than 90 countries. If you are looking for a career in finance then AAT could be for you. Perhaps you’re already working in finance but don’t have a qualification and want to build your skills? Or maybe you’re thinking of changing careers or returning to work after a break? AAT can help progress your career with over 70% of members claiming the AAT qualification has increased their earning potential.
Career Resources
The AAT job site is a one-stop shop for the very best accountancy and finance career opportunities. Whether you're just starting your professional journey, or have been working and studying for years, we'll help you find the job that's just right for you. With an extensive library of articles and interviews, aat-jobs.co.uk provides everything you ever wanted to know about making the most of your career.
Type of Roles and Salaries
Every organisation needs someone to manage its money and AAT members work in a range of accounting and finance roles - from accounts assistants to financial controllers in companies large and small. Some members also choose to work for themselves and are licensed by AAT to offer professional accountancy and taxation services to businesses and the public. Salaries vary according to job role, sector and geographical location.

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Association of Corporate Treasurers
The chartered body for treasury professionals
ACT sets the global benchmark for treasury excellence. With members and students in 100 countries, ACT’s globally-recognised qualifications are highly regarded by employers worldwide. Being ACT qualified means people have the expertise to manage money and risk effectively, while planning long term financial strategies. It’s a dynamic and lucrative career where people can make a real difference to the success of any business.
Website: http://www.treasurers.org
Recruitment link: http://www.treasurers.org/learning/profession
Qualifications and Training
Confidence in treasury management begins with ACT qualifications. Being ACT qualified is a benchmark of competence; a standard upon which employers, colleagues and clients can rely which is why we have members in 89% of the FTSE 100. Our treasury and finance training courses suit people of all levels. Whether corporate, banking or advisory, we focus on providing technical and practical skills that can be put to immediate use to bring instant benefits to the individual and the business.
Career Resources
ACT professional network is the route to treasury excellence. As the leading professional body for treasury, we provide a wide range of career development and networking opportunities centred around qualifications and training courses; conferences, breakfast briefings and thought-leadership forums; publications, technical updates and best-practice guidance. From graduates to seasoned practitioners, you can keep up-to-date with current treasury practice, find the latest treasury jobs and get practical career advice from the ACT website and The Treasurer magazine
Type of Roles and Salaries
Corporate treasurers manage the company’s financial risk and are integral to the development of business strategy. Future steps on the career ladder could include Group Treasurer, Finance Director and even Chief Executive. If you want to work in a fast-paced environment and be one of the top earners in finance, treasury is for you. Qualified treasurers with experience can expect a six-figure salary with additional higher earning opportunities.

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As the professional body for HR and people development, CIPD has over 130,000 members - working in human resources (HR), learning and development (L&D), people management and consulting across private businesses and organisations in the public and voluntary sectors in the UK, Ireland and internationally. As an independent and not-for-profit organisation, we’re committed to championing better work and working lives for the benefit of individuals, businesses, economies and society.
Website: http://www.cipd.co.uk/hr-careers
Recruitment link: http://hr-jobs.peoplemanagement.co.uk

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ICSA - Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators
ICSA is the chartered membership and qualifying body for people working in governance
ICSA is the chartered membership and qualifying body for people working in governance, risk and compliance, including company secretaries. With over 120 years' experience, we develop the skills, knowledge and experience of governance professionals through our qualifications, training, high-quality guidance and technical know-how.
Website: www.icsa.org.uk

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ICSA, Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators
ICSA is the chartered membership and qualifying body for people working in governance
ICSA is the chartered membership and qualifying body for people working in governance, risk and compliance, including company secretaries. With over 120 years' experience, we develop the skills, knowledge and experience of governance professionals through our qualifications, training, high-quality guidance and technical know-how.
Website: www.icsa.org.uk

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Institute and Faculty of Actuaries
UK's only chartered professional body dedicated to educating, developing and regulating actuaries.
Actuaries are highly regarded professionals; they are excellent problem solvers and strategic thinkers with a deep understanding of financial systems. An actuarial career is enormously intellectually satisfying. Actuaries possess unique mathematical, analytical, communication and management skills. These skills lie behind many high-level strategic decisions made by large companies and governments, and can have a significant impact on legislation, businesses and peoples' lives.
Website: http://www.actuaries.org.uk
Recruitment link: http://www.actuaries.org.uk/become-actuary/routes-qualifying

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Institute of Physics
IOP is a scientific membership charity with a mission to advance physics
Recruitment link: http://www.brightrecruits.com/

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International Association of Book-Keepers
IAB are a leading professional and awarding body of book-keepers and accounting professionals.

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