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UHY Hacker Young

UHY Hacker Young

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The Hacker Young Group is a collection of chartered accountants which has been in business for 85 years in 2010. A series of mergers of several firms between 1930 and 2004 led to the creation of an international network of accountancy firms with the initials UHY preceding the individual member firms’ names.

Currently, the Hacker Young Group network spans 76 countries, with 242 member firms within the country of origin—the United Kingdom—the group operates out of 19 offices, with 92 partners and more than 500 employees. The UK network is counted among the Top 20 Groups of Chartered Accountants in the country.

The UK practice, known formally as UHY Hacker Young has offices spread across England, Wales and Scotland as follows:

England: London, Birmingham, Brighton, Chester, Jarrow, Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield, Sittingbourne, Sunderland and York.

Scotland: Glasgow, Paisley, Stirling, Perth and Aberdeen.

Wales: Abergavenny, Newport and Wrexham.

Graduate Jobs

The training contracts at UHY Hacker Young are built around three different professional credentials:

Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) provided by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland (ICAS).

Chartered Certified Accountant (CCA) provided by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Chartered Accountant (CA) provided by the ICAS.

Training contracts are of three years duration, including the ACA/ACCA exams and the training required to obtain these credentials. The firm provides full support to trainees for completing these qualifications. The framework of professional training during the training contract covers:

Tuition sessions provided by a leading specialist tutor.

Regular monitoring of exam preparedness.

Structured programme of practical skills training.

While the exact programme varies from location to location, in general UHY Hacker Young training contracts involve a mix of classroom study and hands-on work experience; regular appraisals and feedback on performance; meetings with the counselling manager every six months; and formal reviews with the supervising partner.

Trainees can also avail of secondments to other UHY Hacker Young offices or to departments outside their scope of regular training.

Departmental Allocation for Trainees:

London: Audit division and Business Advisory Services

Birmingham: Accountancy and Business Consulting

Brighton: Audit, Accountancy and Taxation and a mixed set of departments in the final year

Newport: Management Accounts, Company Audits, Financial Statements and VAT returns

Nottingham: Audit and Accounts, Corporate Finance, Taxation

Manchester: Audit and Accounts, Turnaround and Recovery, Tax

Sunderland: Accounts and Assurance

Scotland: Accounting, Taxation, Corporate Recovery

Internships & Placements

There are no internships offered by UHY Hacker Young


There are no apprenticeships offered by UHY Hacker Young

School Leaver Programmes

If you are focused on building a career in accountancy but do not want a university education, we offer the opportunity to gain a professional qualification and earn a salary at the same time as gaining relevant work experience for your CV.

The opportunities

Our non-graduate training programmes are designed to offer ambitious A level (or equivalent) students the opportunity to qualify and build a career in accountancy. You will benefit from both on-the-job training and classroom based study, as well as learning from the established accountants all around you.

We offer two qualifications; the ICAEW Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (CFAB) and the AAT Accounting qualification, which allow you to complete your ACA or ACCA professional qualification without the need for a university degree.

CFAB programme

This programme lasts two years during which you will work towards your ICAEW Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (CFAB) certificate. Upon successful completion you will then have the opportunity to complete the ACA professional qualification.

AAT programme

This programme is expected to last up to four years during which you will work towards your AAT qualification. Upon successful completion you will then have the opportunity to complete the ACCA professional qualification.

The training

Under both programmes, you will be given early responsibility from day one and can expect exposure to clients incorporating a wide diversity of work and various challenges that will help you develop the skills you need to succeed as an accountant.

We’ll support you in every way we can with high-quality training focusing on both technical areas and soft skills, including effective communication, presentation and negotiation skills. We will assign you a personal mentor who will support you where necessary and ensure you are happy.

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Training contracts are currently offered in London, Birmingham, Brighton, Nottingham, Manchester, Sunderland, Sheffield, Newport and Scotland. Each office follows a separate schedule and has different entry requirements. The individual details are listed below in the respective sections, including this one.

London: 2:1 degree or higher in any discipline; a minimum of 280 UCAS points excluding General Studies; and grade B or higher in Maths at GCSE, A-levels or other jurisdictional equivalents.

Birmingham: Minimum 2:1 degree and 320 UCAS points.

Brighton: Grade B or higher in English and Maths at GCSE; 280 UCAS points at A-levels and a 2:1 degree.

Nottingham: 2:1 degree and 280 UCAS points (at a minimum, grades A-C in Maths at GCSE or A-levels).

Manchester: 280 UCAS points and a 2:1 degree.

Sheffield: 2:1 degree and 280 UCAS points (at a minimum, grades A-C in Maths at GCSE or A-levels).

Sunderland: 2:1 degree and 300 UCAS points.

Scotland: 2:1 degree or higher in any discipline; 4-5 A and B grades at Scottish Higher levels, including English and Maths.


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Applications for training contracts at UHY Hacker Young should be accessed here. Applications for training contracts in the Scottish member firm, Campbell Dallas are available for download here.

Vacancies, important dates and selection process at each of the training contract locations are as below:

London: The ACA programme starts in December and the ACCA in September each year. ACA trainees are placed in the Audit department (8-12 open positions per annum) and ACCA trainees in the Business Advisory Services department (two to four vacancies). 

Birmingham: Applications to be submitted by July; five vacancies are available. The selection process is comprised of: (a) submission of application and CV; (b) interview with two partners; and (c) aptitude test. Contact: or by telephone at 0121 233 4799 and by fax at 0121 233 4794.

Brighton: Selection process consists of evaluation of online application, followed by interview with a partner. Contact: r.simmons@uhy-uk.comor 0127 372 6445 (telephone) and 0127 373 1821 (fax).

Newport: Training contract starts in September; two to three vacancies are available. Selection process: (a) evaluation of application form; (b) first interview with a manager/senior; and (c) second interview with a partner. Contact: or 0163 321 3318 (T) or 0163 325 9584 (F).

Nottingham: Training contract starts in September; one vacancy for which applications must be submitted by end of February, extendable to end of March. Selection process: (a) first interview with recruitment partner; and (b) second interview with senior partner. Contact: or 0115 959 0900 (T) or 0115 947 0628 (F).

Manchester: four to six vacancies are available each year. Selection process: no information provided. Contact: or 0161 236 6936 (T) or 0161 228 0117 (F).

Sheffield: One vacancy for an ACA graduate trainee. Selection process: (a) first interview with recruitment partner; and (b) second interview with senior partner. Contact: or 0114 275 1544 (T) or 0114 275 1366 (F).

Sunderland: One vacancy per year; applications to be submitted by mid-March for training contract starting in September. Selection process: (a) submission of application and CV; and (b) interview with two partners. Contact: or 0191 567 8611 (T) or 0191 567 2929 (F).

Scotland: Six graduates for CA certification taken each year. Selection process consists of (a) submission of online application; (b) assessment centre; and (c) interview with recruitment partner/associate and HR contact. Contact: 0141 887 4141 (T) or 0141 887 1103 (F).