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Getting a job as an accountant in Sweden

Finding work and converting English qualifications

Symbe
post 7.Jul.2009, 10:17 AM
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Joined: 18.Feb.2009

Hi,

I need help on how to convert my English accountancy qualification to Swedish acountancy qualification. Also I need to get a job as a qualified accountant. Has anyone undergone this process and already has a job. I would like to hear from you on how you converted your qualification and how you got the job. It would also be helpful if you can leave your e-mail or if we can meet up. Thanks
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Julian S
post 7.Jul.2009, 10:50 AM
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Joined: 2.Dec.2008

Correct me if I'm wrong guys, but here goes...

Can't comment on the Accountancy bit, try your own professional body, they normally have international contact information relating to conversions.

Due to the economic down turn, jobs are becoming harder to find, even for 'qualified' native Swedish speakers.

If you don't speak Swedish, it's an even harder struggle, you'll be lucky to find anything with an international company that uses you native tongue as their 'corporate' language (no requirement for Swedish to work).

I hope you're in the research phase of your planned move to Sweden, good luck
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Symbe
post 7.Jul.2009, 12:18 PM
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Joined: 18.Feb.2009

I am already in Sweden. I am sure there are people who have done this conversion and I know it is not impossible. I need people who have done this. I heard few months ago about a guy who did this but I don't have his contact details. Please only constructive and helpful replies. Thanks
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GITM
post 7.Jul.2009, 01:11 PM
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Joined: 15.Jun.2009

QUOTE (Symbe @ 7.Jul.2009, 12:18 PM) *
Please only constructive and helpful replies. Thanks
that was pretty helpful as far as i could see huh.gif
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*Gealle*
post 7.Jul.2009, 01:20 PM
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To be fair, the first response was probably the fairest you will get. And here's why...

As you will be aware, there is no universal definition of what constitutes qualification as an accountant. Indeed, in many countries (even within the West), you can technically set up your own practice and call yourself an accountant without even a single accountancy qualification to your name. It's one of those funny anomalies that's developed over time, but has never actually posed a massive threat because people instinctively seek professionally accredited accountants.

With that in mind, and presuming you have a British Accountancy qualification, then it could be (amongst other things):

CIMA, ACCA, ICAEW, ICAS... The list actually goes on quite a way (as you will appreciate is expected to be the case given the different forms of accountancy).

As a member of one of the professional bodies, the surest way of getting quick resolution on international resolution would be to contact their customer service desk directly.

In spite of the downturn, if you are fluent in Swedish, or have particular legal skills to complement your accountancy qualifications, you may be able to find a niche to market yourself even on a self-employed/consultancy basis.

Nevertheless... There is one question that has to be posed. Had you consulted your professional body before leaving a message on the noticeboard??

Good luck
Gealle MCIBS ACMA
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Symbe
post 7.Jul.2009, 01:50 PM
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Joined: 18.Feb.2009

Thanks for the replies so far. I am a qualified ACCA accountant and I did contact the profeesional bodies and was not given a clear cut answer and was told to speak to the big four i.e Ohrling, E&Y etc and the reason I am posting this is because I visited and got a first hand information from the HR of Ohrlings Price Waters and was told an entirely different information.

I need to understand how it works, hence the reason why I am asking from anyone who has undergone this process.

No disrespect to the first reply and I wasn't referring to him/her when I said constructive and helpful replies because I ommitted it in my initial posting and I have seen in other discussion forum unhelpful replies to people's question.

Sorry if I offended anyone. Thanks
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madeinnz
post 7.Jul.2009, 03:08 PM
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Location: Stockholm
Joined: 12.Jun.2007

Sweden is quite different to the UK & other nations in that it does not have a specific accounting designation the equivalent of the CPA, CA, ACCA, etc...

The closest approximation is the Auktoriserad Revisor or Godkänd Revisor which are audit (Revisor) specific qualifications. These commonly translate to Authorized or Approved Public Accountant (Two separate levels of merit). As far as I am aware there is nothing to stop you holding yourself out to be an "accountant" without any such designation so long as you’re not intending to offer audit services. If so check this link for further detail: Approved & Authorised Auditor

The vast majority of company accountants have no formal qualifications beyond their University Ekonomi/Finans degrees. As it is most company accounts maintain job titles such as Controller, business controller or financial controller with no specific reference to accounting/ accountant.

Hope that’s constructive… wink.gif
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skane refugee
post 7.Jul.2009, 05:22 PM
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Joined: 14.May.2008

As I understand it ... in the UK ...

ACAs (i.e. real chartered accountants) can audit large businesses and the people employed as auditors in the big 4 are nearly all ACA equivalent ...

ICMAs are experts at internal financial control within businesses (i.e. ideal as financial controllers) ...

CIPFAs specialise in public sector accounting ...

ACCAs specialise in small family business audit and advisory ...

There are also qualified bookkeepers etc ...


You'll know better than I ... but if the above is a fair summary ... then I can see a role for ACAs and ICMAs (once they have converted to cover Swedish tax and legal) in Swedens job market ... or expert bookkeepers could set up on their own I guess ... but ACCA is not necessarily the most transportable skill set/qualification ...

In any case, as upthread, you really need Swedish langauage expertise to do anything meaningful with Swedish clients

If you're looking for an audit job within the big 4 you should really have an ACA ... ... you could try and fool the local recruiters and convince them that you really are 'chartered' and should therefore be allowed to convert to 'aktoriserad revisor' (after all the ACCA and CIMA have being trying to 'merge' with ACA for many years in the UK as I understand it) ... worth a go ... there is a tried and tested route for conversion of ACAs ... but it ain't quick and it ain't easy :-(

good luck!
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Roger O. Thornhill
post 8.Jul.2009, 01:40 AM
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Joined: 12.Oct.2005

Remember that in Sweden debits are on the side with the windows, and credits the side with the door.

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madeinnz
post 8.Jul.2009, 11:11 PM
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Location: Stockholm
Joined: 12.Jun.2007

Just as an update I can pretty much guarantee that none of the big four will be hiring at the moment. You'll find it's actually the opposite with job losses occuring.

Best of luck thou.
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Puffin
post 16.Jul.2009, 02:07 AM
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Location: Dalarna
Joined: 5.Apr.2006

If you want to have your UK accountancy qualifications recognised in Sweden and be able for example to carry out audits etc unsupervised you have to be registered with Revisornämnden - in order to become registered you have to pass their aptitude test for EU accountants - the test is in Swedish and covers Swedish business law and accounting rules etc
http://www.revisorsnamnden.se/rn/english/examination.html
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