Throughout the tax business we have a mix of qualified accountants and qualified tax technicians.
Essentially any grad joining a team within our business tax practice will sit the accountancy exams but those joining our personal tax teams (global employer services) will pursue the ATT exam pathway
It also varies by department. For example the Stamp Tax team pursue the ATT exam pathway but as Neil said the business tax practice study to become Chartered Accountants
I joined in Indirect Tax and became a Chartered Accountant (ACA) and later Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA), although many of our new graduates in Indirect Tax just pursue the Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification, which is one of the most valuable and respected tax specialist qualifications.
When you join a tax graduate scheme, you're going to end up doing some sort of professional qualification so, in that sense, it's a prerequisite because you can't progress beyond being a new grad unless you're passed :-) [Having said that - we do sometimes recruit experienced hires who have developed their expertise through on-the-job learning but that doesn't apply to graduates.]
That about clears it up, thanks very much for all your answers!
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