National Audit Office


The National Audit Office (NAO) scrutinises public spending for Parliament. Our public audit perspective helps Parliament hold government to account and improve public services.

Our work is 'big hitting', high quality, varied and worthwhile. It has a real impact on the nation. The skills and knowledge of our people are our greatest asset and we are passionate about finding the right people to help us achieve our vision to help the nation spend wisely. Click here to find out more about who we are and what we do.

To find out more about the opportunities we have on offer for school leavers, read about our exciting trainee accountancy scheme here


School leaver opportunities

10 vacancies in London and Newcastle.



The National Audit Office only offers a School Leaver Programme at the moment. You can find out more about that by clicking the "school leaver programme" link on the left. 


Salary & benefits

School Leaver starting salary is :

London: £23,000 p.a.

Newcastle: £18,000 p.a.



300 UCAS points or equivalent from your top 3 A Level grades (or equivalent). General Studies does not count.

Please note from 2017 onwards the UCAS Tariff points are changing, you will require a minimum of 120 UCAS points or equivalent from your top three A level grades (or equivalent).

You must be a UK, Commonwealth, EEA or Swiss national to comply with Civil Service nationality rules and must hold a valid work permit. We are not able to sponsor work visas.



Visit our website to find out more about why you should join us.  


National Audit Office London and Newcastle
17 Dec, 2018
Higher Apprenticeship
What is the Apprenticeship and what will I do? Our fully-funded 5-year apprenticeship will train you in the latest accounting and auditing techniques, equipping you with the skills you need to develop into a well-rounded professional with excellent career prospects and lead to qualification as a Chartered Accountant. You will help deliver work which contributes to improvements in public services - last year we saved the taxpayer £19 for every £1 we spent - whilst gaining unrivalled access to a unique set of clients across central government. What are the benefits? Alongside this we offer a competitive benefits package including:  A highly competitive starting salary of £24,026 (London) or £18,441 (Newcastle), which will increase year-on-year and with success in exams Blocks of study leave over the five-year programme, allowing trainees time away from the office to concentrate on studying An interest-free season ticket loan for travel to work, subsidised gym, civil service pension scheme, health screening and a host of other attractive benefits, as summarised in our Total Reward statement Social events – including annual pop quiz, film quiz and our Christmas party….. Opportunities to take responsibility early in your career An excellent system of support from NAO colleagues, including a ‘buddy’ from our more experienced trainees Who can apply? We value diversity in all its forms and the difference it makes to our organisation. By removing barriers and creating an inclusive culture all our people have the opportunity to develop and maximise their full potential. As members of the Business Disability Forum and Disability Confident Scheme we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria. What is the recruitment process? Online application form including a numerical reasoning test Four competency-based questions (250 word limit for each) Telephone interview One-day Assessment Centre featuring four exercises Please note the following: When applying you will be asked if you have at least 120 UCAS points from the 2017 UCAS points tariff (or equivalent). Please answer yes if you have yet to take your A-Levels but expect to have 120 points upon receiving your results later in the year.  We reserve the option of bringing the closing date for applications forward