Graduate Trainee Auditor

Reference:0379 - TA 

Salary:£23,700 

Working pattern:Fixed Term, Full-Time 

Location:Across Scotland (Edinburgh / Glasgow / Aberdeen / Inverness) 

Closing date:13 January 2020 at midnight 

Join us as a Trainee Auditor and you will:


Help audit £40 billion of public money


Audit public services you, your family & friends use


Get full sponsorship to become a qualified Chartered Accountant with ICAS


Receive a starting salary of £23,700* & bonus potential


Have fantastic job opportunities when you qualify


Benefit from flexible working


Travel – see Scotland as you work on audits across the country


We’d love to hear from you if you’re ambitious and have a passion for helping improve public services in Scotland.


We’re Scotland’s public sector auditor, independent of Government. We employ around 300 exceptional professionals from different backgrounds. You don’t need an Accountancy degree to become an auditor! We all share a belief that public money should be spent wisely, making the lives of Scotland’s people the very best they can be.


It’s important work and you’ll be a valued member of our audit teams.


Training with us


Our Graduate Trainee Scheme includes full sponsorship to become a qualified Chartered Accountant with ICAS. You’ll get a prestigious, internationally recognised qualification, whilst being involved in varied and interesting work auditing public bodies in Scotland.


We have vacancies in our Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Aberdeen sites.

A career with fantastic benefits including...


  • Competitive starting salary, plus bonuses and salary increments

  • A fully sponsored qualification with ICAS to become a Chartered Accountant

  • Mentor support and guidance

  • 38 days holiday (inclusive of 8 floating public holidays), 4 fixed public holidays, flexi-time and exam leave

  • Career development and training opportunities

  • Attractive local government pension scheme (18.2% employer contributions)


More about you

Our trainees come from a variety of backgrounds – just graduated, mature students or people looking to change career, from a vast range of degree subjects.


What matters is that you’ve got great analytical skills, are committed to studying for a professional qualification and excel in a challenging and rewarding role.


We have a passion for what we do. And if you think this sounds like the career for you, then we’d like to hear from you. You’ll need these skills and qualifications:



  • Educated to degree level with a minimum 2:1 in any subject (or expect to achieve a 2:1 in Summer 2020)

  • Strong academic performance in both English and Mathematics

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills

  • Self-awareness and confidence to work using initiative

  • Ability to think laterally and creatively

  • Disciplined and organised with good project management skills


You will also need to be eligible to work in the UK. 

* Subject to 2020/2021 cost of living increase

Application Information

Interested? Next steps

We’re keeping this nice and simple - click the apply button and complete the application form, please complete the personal statement with examples of previous experience.  

Please note that only applications submitted via our careers website will be considered.

Closing date for applications is Monday 13th January 2020 (23.59pm).

Join our Open Evening  

We’d also like to invite you to our graduate trainee scheme open evening on Thursday 14 November 2019 at our headquarters in Edinburgh. It’s a great opportunity to find out more about life at Audit Scotland. Applications for our 2020 Graduate Trainee Scheme are welcome before or after the event.  

On the evening you will: 

  • Hear from current trainees about the training and development opportunities they've experienced with us, whilst working towards qualifying as Chartered Accountants with ICAS. Colleagues from ICAS will also be there to answer your questions.  

  • Meet our trainees and other colleagues - put your questions to them and learn more about the work of Scotland’s public spending watchdog 

  • Learn more about other activities our trainees get involved in,like our charity work. Please register for our open evening here. Please note that you must have an Outlook account to register for the event.

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