Start your career with UHY

So you want a career in accounting?

But what type of accountant do you want to be? Do you want to work in a particular industry? Do you want to work with exciting start-up companies? Large blue-chip corporations? Specialise in a particular sector?

One of the great things about working in accounting is the variety of work and the different types of people and businesses you get to work with, but initially all that choice can be a bit daunting.

UHY Hacker Young is a great place to start, as we’re big enough to work in the majority of industries, offering the full spectrum of accounting services, with teams around the country that will help you throughout your training, and steer you towards a truly rewarding career.

Our people provide business critical advice in a commercial and pragmatic way, harnessing the power of our collaborative partners and our passionate teams. We welcome applications from all ages and backgrounds and simply look for people who share our passion and enthusiasm to ensure that our clients flourish.

What is unique about UHY?

We have a unique blend: scale and a cohesive national network, complemented by independent and independently minded firms large and small.  This means we can tailor our services to meet the requirements of all our clients: from the day to day, to more complex projects, from local needs to effectively servicing national and international clients.

At UHY Hacker Young, we’ll train you to be a business adviser, not just an auditor. So your work will form the central part of your overall training and development. Our teams are trained to be ‘commercially aware’ and to respond to the problems and issues affecting the businesses of our clients.

Inevitably, the nature of the work and individual assignments vary from office too office. But the range of client assignments and breadth of experience available within the UHY Hacker Young Group will stretch you and help you to gain a solid understanding of the business world.

Rewarding your success 

We work hard, we believe in providing our clients with a first-class service, but we understand that for our people to help us achieve this, they need to work in an atmosphere that encourages and rewards success. 

Our purpose is helping you prosper and we’ll encourage you to be passionate about your career, providing you with the training, tools, career options and support of the UHY family so that you can focus on achieving what prosperity means for you. 

When you join UHY, we want to know why you’re looking to join, what you’re hoping to gain from your time with us, and how we can help you achieve that. We want to see everyone who comes to UHY flourish. To some that will mean having a clear career pathway and routes to progress, for others it will be having a real variety in the type of client they work with. Others will want to develop a particular niche area of strength and specialism, and for others it will be about work life balance and being in a work place which is focused on wellbeing. For most, prosperity is a combination of many things, and at UHY we try to ensure we can cover all bases. 

Essentially, we are interested in you as an individual, what your interests are, and what motivates you. We’re looking for people who want to contribute, spark fresh ideas and be part of the UHY family. We aim to support all of our people throughout their careers and to help them meet their goals. As a result, many of our people have been with us for decades!

So, why join us?
  • Purpose led
  • Training contracts across the UK
  • Be part of a dynamic network of 24 UK and 340 international offices
  • Opportunities in audit, tax and advisory
  • Interested in you as an individual
  • Contribute to and shape our future
  • Rewarding your success
  • Clear career pathway
  • Work-life balance
  • Competitive benefits
  • Friendly and sociable work environment
  • Day to day variety
  • Work with organisations of different sizes, in different sectors, and in different countries
  • Secondment opportunities
What would my day look like?

There is no typical ‘day in the life’ of a trainee accountant!  You could be working in the office or at a client’s; you could be working alone or in a team. The beauty of being a trainee accountant is no two days are the same ensuring you face new challenges and are exposed to new areas on a weekly basis. 

But to help you get a feel for what our current trainees think about working at UHY, we have asked them to let us know, in their words, what it is like working here. Click on the profiles at the bottom of this page to read more.

Whether you join us straight from school, or as a graduate, you will be guided through a tailored training plan supporting both your professional and personal development, with a focus on helping you prosper and excel in your career as an accountant. 

Most of our trainees study to obtain either the ACCA, ACA or AAT qualification. The diagram below gives you a snapshot of what you could expect at each stage of your training, depending on the route you choose. You can also read more about the different training options available here.

Potential career pathways
ACA Apprenticeship
AAT/ACA Apprenticeship
ACCA Apprenticeship
Potential career pathways
Group 1

In some of our offices the pathway is different to the above, in that whole levels must be completed before you can move onto the next level.

Group 2

Please note, in some of our offices AAT trainees start at level 2

Group 3

Whether you join us straight from school, or as a graduate, you will be guided through a tailored training plan supporting both your professional and personal development, with a focus on helping you prosper and excel in your career as an accountant.