Graduates and Part Qualified

Rayner Essex are always looking for talented graduates and part-qualified individuals to join our growing team. We can offer you a working environment that really values professional as well as personal development.

Current opportunities

Job title Graduate Trainee

If you would like to discuss career opportunities at Rayner Essex in more detail, please contact
Liz White -
St Albans on +44 (0)1727 833222
London on +44 (0)20 7388 2641.

Training with Rayner Essex – Graduate Programme

As a graduate, you will join a three-year training programme to study towards the ICAEW Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) qualification. This will give you a great head start in the profession, by making sure you’re not only fully qualified as a Chartered Accountant but have the mix of practical experience and theoretical training. We provide a structured programme to ensure that you will acquire the kind of knowledge you need in areas such as audit and assurance, accounting and financial reporting. We will also balance the theory with practical training, giving you plenty of hands on experience in the commercial world. Additional training to equip you for your work with us is provided by our training partner SWAT UK and more technical training focusing on the exams is provided by professional tutors from Kaplan. Both are leading training organisations in the profession, and this is supplemented by in-house workshops and training sessions. You will be given paid study leave, and we also cover the costs of all courses and examinations for first attempts.

You do not need any previous accounting experience, as full training is provided, but there are a few things we ask you to bring along as well as the drive and determination that will set you apart from the rest. You will need:

  • A minimum of a 2:2 expected or obtained degree (in any discipline).
  • A minimum of 300 UCAS points (old UCAS tariff) or 120 UCAS points (new UCAS tariff) or equivalents excluding General Studies;
  • GCSE (or equivalent) English Language, grade C or above; and
  • GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics, grade B or above.

Don’t forget that your academic qualifications are not enough on their own. We are looking for articulate and confident graduates with a range of transferable skills. Accountancy is a people-focused profession. Numeracy is expected, but you must also be able to communicate confidently with colleagues and clients, as well as being able to organise yourself and your workload; balance the competing demands on your time; and take personal responsibility for the development of your career.

When training towards a professional qualification, the firm provides study support, including covering tuition costs and paid study leave for first-time exam attempts.

Training with Rayner Essex – Part-qualified opportunities

If you are looking for the next step in your career on your journey to becoming a qualified accountant or tax practitioner, then we can offer you a varied and interesting opportunity. As well as being a regulated training firm by the ICAEW, Rayner Essex is also an ACCA approved employer, with Gold status for the ACCA Approved Trainee Development Stream. We also provide study support to students working towards tax qualifications including the ATT and CTA.

We regularly recruit individuals who are part-way through their studies, offering them the opportunity to complete their qualification with the firm. We believe in giving people responsibility from an early stage, with the opportunity to get hands on practical experience to support and enhance a student’s technical training.


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Working at Rayner Essex

Our clients range from all fields of business, industry, the professions, arts and the entertainment world. They include large corporates operating nationally and internationally, privately owned businesses of every size, professional practices, partnerships, sole traders and self-employed individuals. We have an extensive knowledge of overseas corporate financial matters and are members of INPACT, which is an international alliance of independent professional accountants with member firms around the world.

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Clients value the service and expertise they receive from the firm which provides them with technical and business advisory skills associated with those delivered by much larger firms. This unique blend of personal service and technical excellence is not only valued by our clients, but employees and referral bodies alike.

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Our Vision

Our vision is to be the ‘go to’ firm for small and medium sized enterprises in the UK by providing a truly excellent professional service that is tailored to meet every client’s needs and requirements. Whether working with clients or colleagues, we encourage our staff to exemplify the values of integrity, honesty, objectivity and impartiality and ensure that our activities are independent, responsive, fair and open.



What can we offer you?

Our success depends on our people and the recruitment and retention of high quality staff is crucial to the continued success of our firm.

We are a friendly firm and it is important to us that everyone enjoys coming to work and feels challenged and supported in their role. We are committed to offering you a varied and interesting workload and the support to ensure that you have the skills to perform at your best.

In addition to offering a competitive reward package, we provide the opportunity to continue to develop your skills through on the job training as well as structured learning and development. Where possible, we look to promote from within and want to reward staff through recognition and promotion when opportunities arise.

The firm attained the Investors in People accreditation in 2010 and was reaccredited in 2016, reflecting the firm’s sustained and continuing commitment to invest in its staff.


We keep our benefits package under review to ensure that we remain competitive and as an employee of Rayner Essex you will enjoy:

  • Competitive salary
  • 25 days holiday (with the ability to buy and sell holiday each year)
  • Pension provision
  • Health cash plan
  • Occupational sick pay scheme
  • Life assurance scheme
  • Season ticket loan for travel
  • An active social committee with frequent and varied events throughout the year

A happy working life

Our working environment is friendly and informal and we take care to ensure that you will feel part of the firm from day one. The majority of our staff sit open plan and our partners have an open door policy and aim to foster a supportive working environment. We keep staff up to date with regular updates on the firm’s strategy, financial performance and any marketing or people news. Information is also shared through regular Manager and Partner meetings and through Departmental meetings.

In St Albans, our office is located close to the train station and only a short walk to the town centre. In London, we are ideally situated for train, tube and bus travel being only a 5 minute walk from Euston and Kings Cross train stations. At both of our offices we have staff kitchens, with free drinks and biscuits for staff to enjoy and facilities so that you can bring or prepare lunch.

The firm provides a budget to our social committee to organise various social and sporting events, such as 5-a-side football, cinema trips, go-karting, ten pin bowling and an annual quiz amongst others, which help to reinforce the strong working relationships which make Rayner Essex a great place to work.



Life outside of work

Rayner Essex is ideally located to offer you the best of the South of England.

Our London office is in Tavistock Square, a part of London that boasts many nearby social and leisure venues as well as a wealth of museums. A short tube ride could have you in the heart of the city, enjoying all London has to offer.

Our St. Albans office is only 20 minutes away on the non-stop train and is enviably close to the station. St Albans offers all the entertainment and leisure facilities you would expect from a vibrant modern cathedral city as well as vast Georgian parkland, historic Roman ruins and stunning countryside.