Laura Nicol

Payroll and Bookkeeping Supervisor

  • Location
  • Amber Accounting

Don’t be put off by having no experience in payroll or bookkeeping. The majority of my colleagues started working here with no experience and have progressed well with learning on the job.

How did your EQ/Amber journey begin?
After finishing sixth year at high school, I continued working part time in a supermarket whilst applying for university to study primary teaching. This was a goal of mine from when I was very young so when it didn’t all go to plan I wasn’t quite sure what I would do. I started to think about what I enjoyed at school and I thought of maths, so a career involving numbers and problem solving would be right for me.

Why did you choose a career in the accountancy field?
After achieving good grades in Maths, I decided to consider careers in the accountancy field. I no longer felt university or college was the right path for me and I was keen to just start learning whilst working. When a job opportunity came up for a trainee Payroll and Bookkeeping Assistant, this seemed achievable for me, meeting the qualities required for the job.

Why did you choose to apply to EQ Accountants over other local accountancy firms?
Following research of EQ, and finding it to be a well-respected firm showing great client service, along with a recommendation from a friend, it was an easy decision to decide to apply for the job at EQ.

What’s a day in the life of an Amber team member like?
Every day is different in Amber, processing various payroll frequencies, completing Management Accounts and submitting VAT returns. I take phone calls from clients on a daily basis, providing them with advice or reassurance on any queries they have.

What do you enjoy the most about your role in Amber?
Being part of a great team of people where you feel you are appreciated for the work you do.

What 3 qualities do you think someone needs to have if they are to be successful in EQ/Amber?
Positive attitude, well organised and good communication skills.

Do you have any advice for those interested in applying to join the team?
Don’t be put off by having no experience in payroll or bookkeeping. The majority of my colleagues started working here with no experience and have progressed well with learning on the job.