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Although there are many similarities between auditors and accountants (and much of the training is the same or very similar), there are notable differences in the two roles.
Put simply, an auditor is a professional that is required to conduct an “audit” – an investigation into the accuracy of the accounts of a business. This means that an external auditor will usually spend their time working across different business clients, scrutinising the work that the business’s internal finance team has conducted. Whilst accountants will have a similar amount of work to conduct throughout the year, auditors often have their busier periods quarterly, or towards the end of the tax or financial year.
As an auditor you are most likely to be employed by an audit or professional services firm, meaning you are not directly responsible for preparing the accounts that you are auditing. This means that you will have an unbiased approach to the work that you are performing on behalf of your clients.
Types of jobs within audit
There are various specific roles with audit – some of these include: