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About this sector

You can read information about role responsibilities, salary, working hours, what to expect, qualifications, skills, work experience, career prospects and related roles on the following websites:

How to gain experience/internships

Although not essential, relevant work experience can be advantageous and allow you to describe to potential employers your reasons for wanting to train as an tax adviser or tax inspector.

Summer internships

Job search websites

Other ways to get experience/opportunities for 1st and 2nd year students


How to get a (graduate) job

Graduate training schemes


Job search websites for graduate training schemes


Qualification routes


Applications, interviews and assessment centres

Graduate training schemes (Professional Services Firms)

The selection process for tax graduate training schemes varies between employers, but is typically in three or four parts:

You need to be aware of what the recruiters are looking for. Typically, large employers use 'competency-based' selection processes but there have been some developments: EY uses strengths-based recruitment and Deloitte assesses intellectual capability, values and motivations. Read employers' websites and brochures carefully.

HMRC Graduate Programme (Tax Professional)

You will need to complete an application form and the selection process has three stages. Full details can be found on the HMRC website.

Stage 1

There are four stage 1 tests which may include:

Stage 2

You will be asked to take an online analytical skills test and a deductive reasoning test.

Stage 3

A 1-day assessment

Useful resources


Relevant Postgraduate Study - is it a requirement?

A postgraduate qualification is not normally required or expected by companies employing trainee tax advisers from any degree discipline in the UK.


Key UK resources

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Take Away

General tax-related careers information

Professional Bodies, Trade Organisations & Journals/Magazines