The answer to this question depends on the level of Sage qualification you hold and the amount of experience you have. The higher your qualification and the greater your experience, the more choice of vacancies available. It also follows that a higher salary is likely too.
Whilst researching material for this post, I used Reed, Total Jobs, Indeed and CV Library. On Reed 750 vacancies were listed. On Total Jobs and CV Library there were 482 and 436 vacancies listed respectively, but Indeed came in on top with a massive 1,276 vacancies. Some of these positions may have been duplicate posts but even so, the amount of positions available show there is a high demand for Sage 50 qualified candidates. It might be worth a mention here that some of the positions I came across asked for Sage Line 50, but this is now known as Sage 50 accounts, so you can also consider these positions when conducting your own job search.
Sage 50 is a perfect package for anyone looking to work for a small to medium sized business, so to become certified is to prove your proficiency in using this software. You can complete levels 1, 2 and 3 of Sage 50 accounts without completing any of the three levels of Sage 50 payroll. Alternatively, you can complete the three levels of payroll but not take the accounts courses. However, to complete both would increase earning potential and as I said earlier, it would afford you a greater choice of vacancies on the job boards. So, with this in mind, I have created two tables of the most popular job titles; one for full time and the second for part time vacancies.
Full time Sage 50 Opportunities
Part time Sage 50 Opportunities
As well as the hundreds of jobs advertising for Sage 50 on employment job boards, there are also many opportunities to work from home on a self-employed basis. Most of these positions involve working directly with clients and you would agree your salary or hourly rate with them. You would need a reliable Broadband connection (and possibly your own website), but the benefits of not having to travel to work in rush-hour traffic and the flexibility homeworking affords in terms of hours worked, is an added benefit.
Once qualified in Sage 50 Accounts and Payroll it might be worth pursuing ACA (Association of Chartered Accountants), ACCA (Association of Certified Chartered Accountants) and CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) because there are many more opportunities available with these qualifications and the salary is usually much higher. An example would be the position I found on Total Jobs for a Financial Controller which offered £60,000 to £80,000 for part time hours! You would need to qualify in all three of the above-mentioned courses, but the fact that this position is only part time means the financial benefits of further study speaks for itself.
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