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Accounting and related clerks calculate, prepare and process bills, invoices, accounts payable and receivable, budgets and other financial records according to established procedures. They are employed throughout the private and public sectors.
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- Calculate, prepare and issue documents related to accounts such as bills, invoices, inventory reports, account statements and other financial statements using computerized and manual systems
- Code, total, batch, enter, verify and reconcile transactions such as accounts payable and receivable, payroll, purchase orders, cheques, invoices, cheque requisitions, and bank statements in a ledger or computer system
- Compile budget data and documents based on estimated revenues and expenses and previous budgets
- Prepare period or cost statements or reports
- Calculate costs of materials, overhead and other expenses based on estimates, quotations, and price lists
- Respond to customer inquiries, maintain good customer relations and solve problems
- Perform related clerical duties, such as word processing, maintaining filing and record systems, faxing and photocopying.
Outlook & Prospects for Accounting and Related Clerks in Halifax Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Halifax Region||(3 of 3 stars)||2011-05-12|
Currently the chances of qualified Accounting and Related Clerks finding employment are considered to be good in the local area. This is a large occupational group, found across all industries, so employment tends to be stable. The Halifax area has a large employer base, and replacement of staff therefore creates a lot of positions. Many accounting clerks are also found in the finance/insurance industry, which is large and active in the area. Opportunities are certainly best for those with at least one or two years of experience. While positions are numerous, a high percentage are of a casual, part-time nature and newcomers to the field, those without high level computer skills or those without a broad range of abilities may have a more difficult time finding stable employment.
The computerization of many basic functions has resulted in a broader role for many administrative support positions, including accounting clerks. Duties from other clerical jobs are often been added to those of the accounting clerk. Workers with broad and higher level skills have the advantage also of being able to qualify for similar or higher level occupations.
In addition to employment opportunities locally, opportunities may exist in other areas of the province or in other regions of the country. People who are able to work elsewhere may want to research opportunities for this occupation in other labour markets within Nova Scotia and across the country. The future employment outlook for Accounting and Related Clerks in Nova Scotia is expected to be fair over the next 5 years.
Additional information on Accounting and Related Clerks (opportunities in other areas, training, who hires, current job openings, statistics and other information), is available on other parts of this web site.
Local Labour Market NewsWeek of Nov 25 - Nov 29, 2013
- The Port of Halifax welcomed 134 cruise ships in 2013, the same as in 2012. The number was slightly higher than had been initially predicted, and it was considered a strong year.
- According to the Nova Scotia Association of Realtors, the Halifax real estate market has more houses for sale and fewer buyers than last year, and many realtors have been forced to seek part-time jobs. A change in rules for first-time buyers, and a subsiding of the initial activity upon the announcement of the Irving Shipbuilding contract are factors in the slowdown.
- Toronto-based Harbour Isle Halifax Inc. will build a 27,000-square-foot commercial-residential building in the spring as part of the Magazine Landing development near Wrights Cove in Dartmouth. A 12-storey residential tower should be completed around the same time, and the developer hopes to eventually add two similar 16-storey towers and perhaps a hotel.
- IBM Canada will set up a $3M computing centre at Dalhousie University as part of a collaboration with provincial educational institutions to increase the number of analytics professionals in the labour market. Analytics refers to the process of assessing huge volumes of data. IBM wants to employ about 500 analytics professionals at its Bedford centre by 2020.
- Sleeman Breweries Ltd. has closed its Dartmouth brewery after failing to sell it, and has layed off the 15 remaining employees. The company is consolidating production in Guelph, Ontario, and had cut its workforce in half about a month ago.
- Ping Identity, a Denver-based internet security company, has opened an office in Halifax and is seeking five workers, including senior and junior Java software engineers and automation testers.
- Provincial government departments and two industry groups will organize a job fair in November to target workers from Blackberry, Convergys, and Xerox who lost their jobs in the information technology and customer support sectors in recent weeks. Almost 40 companies have signed up for the event.
- Sleeman Breweries Ltd. has laid off 14 workers in Dartmouth, leaving about 16 at the plant the company has been trying to sell since March. The company plans to consolidate all production at its plant in Guelph, but wants to continue operating in Dartmouth till a buyer is found.
- ADP Canada will lay off 17 data entry and client support staff in Dartmouth, and transfer the work to the Phillipines. However, the company has added 79 people to its local workforce of 450 so far this year, and indicates there are more than 65 positions currently open. Affected workers will be offered training to expand their skill sets for possible openings.
- Blue Ocean, a Halifax-based outsourcing call centre, is seeking to fill 50 positions and may add another 50 in February.
- Xerox Corp. in Dartmouth has layed off 48 of 135 sales representatives at its call centre in Dartmouth. While it is the third major call centre layoff in the area in a month, the provincial call centre association says the sector is still strong in Nova Scotia, and other members are looking to hire affected workers.
- Atlantic Developments Inc. will begin work early in the new year which will last for 15 months on Harris East, a four-storey, 56-unit condominium project in north-end Halifax. Work is also well underway on the first of five phases of a $100M residential project between Cowie Hill and North-west Arm Drive.
- Convergys will close its Dartmouth call centre by December 31, 2013, affecting 130 jobs. The company says some employees may be able to apply to other Convergys operations in New Glasgow or the United States, or to work from home. The decision to close was based on the expiration of the lease, and a client¿s desire to move the work elsewhere.
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