Your Career Pathway in Public Practice Accounting

Whether you are at the beginning of your career in the accountancy field, in the middle or aiming for the top, it’s good to know what your options are.

The ACCA produced a guide some time ago, which is still relevant today – it provides full information on your career choices within Public Practice Accounting.

First of all, you need to decide whether you are going to follow an Audit, Tax or Advisory pathway. Once you have done this, you can view the career pyramids detailed below.

The Audit Career Pathway

It takes just six years for those surveyed to become an Audit Manager, and Audit Partner can be achieved in ten years plus.

Public Practice Accounting Audit Career Pathway

Source: ACCA

The Tax Career Pathway

Managing Consultant is achieved within seven years on average, and Tax Partner within 12 years – although, this promotion can statistically be achieved quicker within smaller practices according to the ACCA.

Public Practice Accounting Tax Career Pathway

Source: ACCA

The Advisory Career Pathway

Choose the Advisory pathway, and you’ll be looking at Assistant Management within just two years.

Public Practice Accounting Advisory Career Pathway

Aiming high

If you are looking to escape the average salary of the lower to middle levels of accountancy, why not aim for the top ten best-paid jobs within the field. With varying levels of qualifications required, some with managerial duties and some without, these senior roles have a higher level of responsibility but far higher salaries.

Search for jobs

Public Practice Recruitment Ltd is an established and experienced business that specialises in finding the most suitable candidates within the accountancy field. For more information, you can visit our website, call us on 0333 5777 787 or email


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