Tax Analyst at Deloitte

Start Date:
2017
Location:
North East
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Higher Level (Level 4/5)
Salary:
£21,000 annually
Review Date:
February 2019

Review Score

7.6 /10

1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:

9/10

My role involves liaising with clients, responding to emails, and preparing technical advice and analysis in respect of indirect tax queries. This often involves extremely complex supply chains, and as such, a lot of the work revolves around talking through scenarios with clients to gather the necessary information. It also involves liaising with Member Firms in respect of international tax queries.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?

9/10

I have developed my technical understanding significantly since starting at Deloitte. My knowledge of the legislation, public guidance and case law has developed hugely. I have also developed soft skills, in respect of interaction with clients, managing client expectations, and working with numerous different stakeholders in a project. My soft skills in respect of Microsoft Word and Excel have also developed.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

9/10

I have thoroughly enjoyed the programme since starting in September 2017. I have been involved in interesting and varied work from the start of the scheme, and have felt part of a team throughout. I have also enjoyed the national focus of the practice, and frequently get involved in large scale national projects which I find really interesting and rewarding.

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4. How well organised/structured is your programme?

7/10

The programme is extremely well structured, with periodic checkpoints to assess progress. In addition, the feedback process is fairly clear, and I am never unsure about my development or progress. The only slight negative is the lack of oversight of the professional development pathway, and it often feels a bit removed from the actual day job.

5. How much support do you receive from your employer?

10/10

I received a significant amount of support throughout my apprenticeship so far. I have a people leader who I have regular and constant communication with, who provides substantial support and guidance which I have found extremely helpful for my own development. I also have a coach and a buddy, for more informal guidance, which I have found extremely helpful.

6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?

3/10

I receive a lot of support from my training provider, but I often find that this is ad-hoc and poorly coordinated. For example, for one of my exams, I was not sent the books until the course had actually begun, and I have frequently had difficult communicating with the training provider.

7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?

4/10

I do not feel that my qualification, with the exception of my CTA exams, has helped me at all. A lot of the qualifications are extremely far removed from what I do in practice on the job, and this is extremely frustrating and makes it more difficult to motivate myself for the exams.

8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)

10/10

There are a number of extra-curricular events to get involved in at work. I play 5 a side football and squash with colleagues on a regular basis, and we frequently have social events which involve all of the team. This made it really easy to integrate at the start, and means that the team is a very closely knit team.

9a. Would you recommend Deloitte to a friend?

Yes

9b. Why?

I would recommend Deloitte to a friend because I have had such a fantastic experience so far. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the firm, and have found the work to be extremely varied, challenging, and enjoyable. I have also found that there is plenty of room for development.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Deloitte?

I would encourage others to ensure that they apply to the service line which suits their own skillset. I was lucky in finding a service line that suited the skills I had developed at university and my own interests, and this has helped me to enjoy the job so far.

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