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National Audit Office

About National Audit Office

Company HQ location: London, Greater London

Other locations: Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear

Industry: Audit & accountancy

No of employees: 750

Our company in a nutshell

The National Audit Office (NAO) scrutinises public spending for Parliament. Our public audit perspective helps Parliament hold government to account and improve public services.

We audit the financial statements of all central government departments, agencies and other public bodies, and report the results to Parliament. Our other work comprises value-for-money studies, local audit, investigations, support to Parliament and international activities. We also share our cross-government insight through guides setting out good practice and the questions we ask when assessing value for money.

Our recommendations and reports help government improve public services, and our work led to audited savings of £741 million in 2017, equivalent to £11 saved for every pound spent running the NAO.

Life at National Audit Office for apprentices

We’ll give you everything you need to rise to challenges and be at your best, including the time and support you need to get your ACA qualification, with generous paid study leave and support.

Our learning and development offering is excellent, combining: formal training courses on aspects of accounting and auditing as well as management and leadership skills; learning through our work; and learning from other colleagues.

Our annual LearnFest week combines presentations, workshops and seminars on a whole host of topics (you could also deliver one if you wish).

Looking further ahead we run talent programmes which identify, support and develop those with the potential to reach our most senior levels.

The more you develop, the more options will open up for you in terms of career development and progression. All across the NAO you’ll find people in leadership positions who started with us as trainees.

All this is within the context of a friendly, supportive and highly professional organisation with clear values which are: Independent, Authoritative, Collaborative and Fair.


Very competitive pay and benefits.

Annual pay increases plus increases for passing key stages of the qualification.

30 days of annual leave (including bank holidays), flexible working, and generous family leave.

Fully funded ACA qualification and ICAEW membership subscriptions.

Access to the excellent civil service pension scheme.

Excellent on-site gym at our London Office and subsidised gym membership in Newcastle. Free Employee Assistance Program for confidential, wellbeing support and advice.



Assistant Auditor

The school leaver scheme is a great opportunity to hit the ground running to really upskill and make an influence in government. I wanted a place that would give me both rounded development and ability to change how things work…

Lenka & Sarika

Assistant Auditors

We’re working for everybody who pays taxes in this country essentially and on their behalf we’re ensuring that public money is being spent wisely. Which makes me feel really really motivated and gives me a sense of purpose…



I’m a third year trainee who joined the NAO in 2014. I worked on the Health team throughout my training contract, which I’ve found hugely rewarding. I decided to join the NAO because I knew I wanted to get the ACA, and I thought it would be really great to be able to train somewhere that I’d be able to make a real difference…


Assistant Auditor

I was initially drawn to the NAO by the chance to gain a universally recognised qualification whilst working on behalf of the public, but was convinced by the workplace culture and atmosphere I encountered when I came for interview…