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Hi there! I was looking through the websites of the Big 4s (PWC, Deloitte, EY, KPMG) and i saw that other than the usual audit, tax department, they also have like admin, HR, accounting departments etc. I only have a diploma in accountancy so i cant get in audit and tax for now and i saw that the other departments some actually only require a diploma! So i was just wondering if anyone has any experience or know about these other departments?

Was looking at either the accounting department or HR department as currently im in a small audit firm and i dont think i can last in this department. Would like to know these things if anyone has knowledge about it:

1. if the pay would be the same as audit, tax, etc. I know the pay would be lower since im only a diploma holder

2. Would the workload be the same as audit, tax in the Big 4 or will it be much more relaxing in a way that not much OTs and stuff? Coz im taking ACCA part time and would like to know if therell be like a peak period or something

Would appreciate any inputs on this thanks in advance!

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Hi there! I was looking through the websites of the Big 4s (PWC, Deloitte, EY, KPMG) and i saw that other than the usual audit, tax department, they also have like admin, HR, accounting departments etc. I only have a diploma in accountancy so i cant get in audit and tax for now and i saw that the other departments some actually only require a diploma! So i was just wondering if anyone has any experience or know about these other departments?

Was looking at either the accounting department or HR department as currently im in a small audit firm and i dont think i can last in this department. Would like to know these things if anyone has knowledge about it:

1. if the pay would be the same as audit, tax, etc. I know the pay would be lower since im only a diploma holder

2. Would the workload be the same as audit, tax in the Big 4 or will it be much more relaxing in a way that not much OTs and stuff? Coz im taking ACCA part time and would like to know if therell be like a peak period or something

Would appreciate any inputs on this thanks in advance!
I think diploma HR officers are mostly paid around 1.8-2.2k depending on experience. I doubt it's any different in Big4 compared to any other company out there. Such support roles are mainly administrative in nature, so very flexible to move from 1 industry to another.

OT has more to do with the actual situation and boss, so cannot generalize "Big 4".

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For diploma grads joining @ HR Officer level, I don't think there's any big difference between any company regardless of industry. This sort of generic admin support role should be ~1.8-2.2k depending on experience regardless of company.

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Hi there! I was looking through the websites of the Big 4s (PWC, Deloitte, EY, KPMG) and i saw that other than the usual audit, tax department, they also have like admin, HR, accounting departments etc. I only have a diploma in accountancy so i cant get in audit and tax for now and i saw that the other departments some actually only require a diploma! So i was just wondering if anyone has any experience or know about these other departments?

Was looking at either the accounting department or HR department as currently im in a small audit firm and i dont think i can last in this department. Would like to know these things if anyone has knowledge about it:

1. if the pay would be the same as audit, tax, etc. I know the pay would be lower since im only a diploma holder

2. Would the workload be the same as audit, tax in the Big 4 or will it be much more relaxing in a way that not much OTs and stuff? Coz im taking ACCA part time and would like to know if therell be like a peak period or something

Would appreciate any inputs on this thanks in advance!
If you intend to do general admin or hr, just broaden the job search to all the industries. It makes no sense to restrict yourself to big4 simply because you happen to work in a small audit firm currently.

Besides the big4 reputation outside audit is mediocre anyway, theres no added value at all in doing admin in a big4 compared to any other company.
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Ah i see thanks for the inputs guys! What about pay wise like e.g. i see PWC now has an application opening for diploma holders and other than the Audit/Tax, etc. they also have the Corporate Support Services (Accounting & Bookkeeping).

Anyone know if the pay will be as good as the audit department or if the working hours will be better? :/ im also looking for other outside accounting jobs but interested in PWC too so wanted to enquire if anyone knows about the benefits or pay etc.

And also i heard from some friends who said that they heard that in Big 4, no matter which department youre in, the increment is the same, meaning 700-1000 a year! Was wondering if anyone can confirm that?

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Ah i see thanks for the inputs guys! What about pay wise like e.g. i see PWC now has an application opening for diploma holders and other than the Audit/Tax, etc. they also have the Corporate Support Services (Accounting & Bookkeeping).

Anyone know if the pay will be as good as the audit department or if the working hours will be better? :/ im also looking for other outside accounting jobs but interested in PWC too so wanted to enquire if anyone knows about the benefits or pay etc.

And also i heard from some friends who said that they heard that in Big 4, no matter which department youre in, the increment is the same, meaning 700-1000 a year! Was wondering if anyone can confirm that?
I don't even know where to start. You don't seem to know what you're talking about at all even though you're keen to join these companies.
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Ah i see thanks for the inputs guys! What about pay wise like e.g. i see PWC now has an application opening for diploma holders and other than the Audit/Tax, etc. they also have the Corporate Support Services (Accounting & Bookkeeping).

Anyone know if the pay will be as good as the audit department or if the working hours will be better? :/ im also looking for other outside accounting jobs but interested in PWC too so wanted to enquire if anyone knows about the benefits or pay etc.

And also i heard from some friends who said that they heard that in Big 4, no matter which department youre in, the increment is the same, meaning 700-1000 a year! Was wondering if anyone can confirm that?
Be realistic about where you stand. A diploma with little exp in a local SME I'm not even sure if Big4 will entertain you for their support department at officer level. Stop dreaming as if you are going to be in the same league as a typical audit associate in terms of pay and increment.

Big4 maybe can offer a bit higher e.g. 2k monthly salary because they have no aws and the variable bonus is horrible. No matter what all-in it's gonna be 25k+ annual. As for getting 1k increment a year, if you believe something that dumb then you are going to be in serious trouble no matter where you work.
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Use ur common sense plz. Diploma join Big4 support can get 700-1000 pa. increase means after 4 years already up to 6k salary.

Like that who the fark will spend 4 more years to study in local u or even ivy league when diploma doing backoffice also end up similar to investment banking starting pay at the same age.
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Hi there! I was looking through the websites of the Big 4s (PWC, Deloitte, EY, KPMG) and i saw that other than the usual audit, tax department, they also have like admin, HR, accounting departments etc. I only have a diploma in accountancy so i cant get in audit and tax for now and i saw that the other departments some actually only require a diploma! So i was just wondering if anyone has any experience or know about these other departments?

Was looking at either the accounting department or HR department as currently im in a small audit firm and i dont think i can last in this department. Would like to know these things if anyone has knowledge about it:

1. if the pay would be the same as audit, tax, etc. I know the pay would be lower since im only a diploma holder

2. Would the workload be the same as audit, tax in the Big 4 or will it be much more relaxing in a way that not much OTs and stuff? Coz im taking ACCA part time and would like to know if therell be like a peak period or something

Would appreciate any inputs on this thanks in advance!
Chill everyone, TS asked nicely, there's no need to air your grievances here.

Generally with a diploma, you have greater chance of getting into audit or support functions (HR, admin etc) than tax/advisory. However without further studies, your (pay) progression will be around half the speed of those with degree (e.g. if they take 4-5 years to hit 5k, you would probably take 8-10 years) within the Big 4.

If you were to join audit, you will start as an audit assistant. The pay should be similar across all functions (~2k like the others mentioned).

Be expected to go through the slough of long hours during the peak season. It is very common to have peers studying ACCA like yourself. Once completed you'd be adjusted to pay similar to those with degrees.
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Be realistic about where you stand. A diploma with little exp in a local SME I'm not even sure if Big4 will entertain you for their support department at officer level. Stop dreaming as if you are going to be in the same league as a typical audit associate in terms of pay and increment.

Big4 maybe can offer a bit higher e.g. 2k monthly salary because they have no aws and the variable bonus is horrible. No matter what all-in it's gonna be 25k+ annual. As for getting 1k increment a year, if you believe something that dumb then you are going to be in serious trouble no matter where you work.
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Use ur common sense plz. Diploma join Big4 support can get 700-1000 pa. increase means after 4 years already up to 6k salary.

Like that who the fark will spend 4 more years to study in local u or even ivy league when diploma doing backoffice also end up similar to investment banking starting pay at the same age.
ah i see alright guys thanks for the input just wasnt sure so thought id just ask ill take your words into consideration!

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Chill everyone, TS asked nicely, there's no need to air your grievances here.

Generally with a diploma, you have greater chance of getting into audit or support functions (HR, admin etc) than tax/advisory. However without further studies, your (pay) progression will be around half the speed of those with degree (e.g. if they take 4-5 years to hit 5k, you would probably take 8-10 years) within the Big 4.

If you were to join audit, you will start as an audit assistant. The pay should be similar across all functions (~2k like the others mentioned).

Be expected to go through the slough of long hours during the peak season. It is very common to have peers studying ACCA like yourself. Once completed you'd be adjusted to pay similar to those with degrees.
I see i see! Yea i'm a little tired of audit that's why when i saw that they also offered bookkeeping and accounting etc i was more interest in that hahah! and i know that Big 4 audit during peak is like can go home past midnight almost everyday (from what i heard from my friends etc) so was just wondering if the support departments will be this busy too or like they have a more relaxed schedule. Thank you for your input really appreciate it
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