Business, Financial and Professional Services

The business, financial and professional services sector is a significant employer in Greater Manchester and offers a wide variety of career opportunities within industries such as banking; insurance; legal; architectural and management consultancy.

This sector covers a range of jobs which include and support business.

Professional services help businesses manage and grow. This includes things like tax advice or finding ways to be more efficient, reduce costs or get more customers.

You could work in industries such as banking, insurance, legal or marketing.

Example careers

  • Accountant
  • Solicitor
  • Sales Representative
  • Recruitment Consultant

Example jobs in this sector

Job Description

Finance officers help manage an organisation’s finances. They keep track of money coming in (income), control spending, and process payments.


Salary Range

£18,500 - £40,000

Working environment

Usually based in an office.

Hours

Minimum 35 hrs a week

Opportunities

Finance officers can train to become an accountant or move up to a senior officer role or finance manager.

Job Description

Barristers are legal professionals who offer specialist advice and represent clients in court or tribunals. They usually work in one area of the law, such as family or criminal law.


Salary Range

£12,000 - £250,000

Working environment

Working in an office and in court.

Hours

36 hours minimum but frequent unsociable hours, for example, working into the evening and over the weekend.

Opportunities

Experienced barristers can apply to become a Queen's Counsel (QC) or a judge.

Job Description

Insurance brokers help clients find the right cover at the best price. Insurance brokers may also need to prepare reports for complex cases.


Salary Range

£16,000 to £80,000

Working environment

Office or contact centre

Hours

Minimum 40 hours per week

Opportunities

With experience, you can specialise in a particular area of insurance, like health or property. You can also study for industry qualifications.

Job Description

Management accountants look after a company's finances and find ways to increase profits. They plan future spending and manage a team of accountants.


Salary Range

£25,000 - £100,000

Working environment

Office-based

Hours

37 hours minimum

Opportunities

Experienced management accountants can progress to finance director and chief executive roles or become a consultant. Many large accountancy firms run insight days and offer shadowing opportunities so you can see how the industry works.

Job Description

Events managers organise and run all aspects of events. This includes coming up with creative and original ideas, through to booking venues, food and entertainment.


Salary Range

£17,000 - £80,000

Working environment

Events managers could work in almost any environment, from offices to music festivals and sports arenas.

Hours

Very varied depending on the event, minimum 37 hours per week. Unsociable hours will be usual, often with evenings, weekends and time away from home.

Opportunities

Experienced events managers can progress to managing major events, and can also set up their own business.

Job Description

Paralegals carry out research, prepare legal documents and give legal advice. They interview clients and witnesses and attend court.


Salary Range

£14,000 - £40,000

Working environment

Office, courts and police stations.

Hours

37 minimum, with occasional evening work

Opportunities

Paralegals can go on to qualify as a legal executive or solicitor with additional study.

What to expect from this sector in the next 10 years

This sector is a big user of new technology, so companies need staff who are flexible and quick to learn.

Almost three quarters of the future jobs within this sector will be at Level 4+ (beyond A-levels).

Did you know? The sector needs people with specialised skills, such as accounting, and general digital skills.

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