About us

The NAO is an independent public body that helps Parliament hold government to account for how taxpayers’ money is spent. We provide assurance to Parliament through our audit work and add value to government by supporting its drive to improve public services. Our vision is to “help the nation spend wisely.”

Promoting positive change

The public sector continues to face financial constraints, putting pressure on its ability to fund and provide high-quality services. This puts us at the heart of the drive to improve public services.

Our work is impactful and influential. We make a real difference by working closely with government bodies to understand the challenges they face, helping them make improvements in important public services. Our work is wide-ranging – from health and education to transport and defence. We have a great reputation among our clients, Parliament, other international audit institutions and the wider accountancy profession for professionalism, rigour and judgement.

A people-led organisation

Our people (there are around 800 of us in London and Newcastle) are our main asset. We are a relatively young organisation with around two-thirds of our people aged under 40. This reflects our position as a training organisation.

We aim to create a stretching but rewarding environment where employees develop their skills and gain the right experience to enhance their individual contribution. We continue to review ways of working, including introducing greater flexibility to working patterns. We focus on developing the skills and expertise of all our people and providing them with greater responsibility early in their careers.

“Our people strategy aims to create a stretching but rewarding working environment where employees develop their skills and gain the right experience to enhance their individual contribution.”