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Please find below a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

If you can’t find the answer you are looking for, please get in touch with us via jobs@bishopfleming.co.uk.

Can I send in a speculative application?

Yes. If you do not see a suitable role on our website, you can register and upload your CV which we can hold for future reference. We will contact you should a suitable position become available. You also have the opportunity to register for Job Alerts to be notified of future vacancies. Please feel free to resubmit your CV to us should you see a role that you are interested in.

I am registered with an agency, can I still apply directly?

We prefer candidates to apply directly to us. We offer direct applicants a joining bonus of £1,000 (£500 Trainees) upon successfully completing a probationary period (terms apply). We prefer to pay you than an agency! We accept CVs on a first come first served basis, so if the agency submits your CV to us first, we have to accept this and are obliged to pay the agency fees should you be successful.

Can I reapply for a role if I have previously been unsuccessful?

Yes, if you have not been successful, please do not let this deter you from reapplying for future vacancies. You may be more suited to a different role within the Firm, or have enhanced your skills and experience since you last applied.

Do you accept applicants who require a work permit?

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept candidates who require a certificate of sponsorship for migrants (which replaces work permits) at this time.

Do you offer work experience opportunities?

If you are interested in a work placement, please check our website to see if we have any places advertised.  If we don’t please register and upload your CV via the website and include supporting information giving details of dates you are interested in. Please note that places are limited and are not always available in all offices.

What trainee opportunities do you have?

Each summer we have training opportunities for schools leavers and graduates for each office as required. These are usually in Audit (i.e. Corporate Services) or Accounts (ie Business Services), but opportunities also arise in Tax as well as Business Recovery and Insolvency.

What qualifications do I need to have to apply for these roles?

Applicants should be graduates with at least a 2:1, ideally within a relevant subject but any discipline will be considered. Qualified AAT entrants, strong A-Level entrants (or equivalent) in relevant subjects, or graduates are also considered to study AAT then ACA.

Do I get experience in Audit, Accounts and Tax during my training?

Yes, depending upon availability and work at the time.

Once qualified, can I work in another office?

You might get to do that during your training, as well as being able to transfer on qualification when there are vacancies.

When I qualify as AAT can I go on to study ACA?

Whilst it is not automatic, many AATs go on to do ACA.

When I qualify as an ACA, is there scope for progression?

Yes, we offer staff a Career Track which offers upward promotion for suitable candidates.

Once qualified as an ACA and a suitable position becomes available in another office, could I apply for this role?

Yes, but of course it would mean that you may have to relocate to that area if it is not practical to travel each day from your current residence.

Where will I do my training for ACA?

This will be in your local office and either through Reed or Kaplan Training providers, depending on your office location.

Where will I do my AAT training?

This will mostly be office based with support from local colleges, depending on your office location.

How long will the training contract last?

For ACA usually 36 months, and for AAT 2½ – 3 years.

Do I get exemptions for ACA as a result of my Degree?

In most cases yes, but it will depend upon the type of Degree that you get. When you register with the ICAEW they will advise you of any exemptions.

What happens if I fail an exam?

Hopefully that won’t happen, but we would look to see why you failed and would support a first re-sit.