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.

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.

Example careers

  • Accountant
  • Solicitor
  • Sales Representative
  • Recruitment Consultant

Example jobs available in this sector

Job Description

Finance officers help to manage the finances of an organisation by keeping track of its income and controlling its spending. This may include, recording financial transactions and producing financial forecasts, arranging payroll, invoices and expenses. Finance officers may also create regular financial reports and budgets.


Salary Range

£18,500 - £40,000

Working environment

Most finance officers' work in an office environment, but you can work in any industry, from banking to creative and media organisations.

Hours

Minimum 35 hrs a week

Opportunities

The skills and experience you build as a finance officer could enable you to work in many different industries. With experience, finance officers could train to become an accountant or move up to a senior officer role or finance manager.

Job Description

Barristers give specialist legal advice, advising solicitors and representing people in court. They usually specialise in a particular legal area, such as family or criminal law. Barristers interpret and research the law to provide advice to their clients and represent them in court.


Salary Range

£12,000 - £250,000

Working environment

You could work as a “job title” in a start up or large multinational….

Hours

Varied, minimum 36 hours

Opportunities

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

Job Description

Insurance brokers use their knowledge of the insurance market to help find the right cover, at the best price, for their customers. They do this through getting to know their clients and their needs to assess the insurance needed, researching policies and arranging cover. Insurance brokers may also get involved in complex cases and will need to prepare reports for insurance underwriters and surveyors


Salary Range

£16,000 to £80,000

Working environment

Most insurance brokers will work in an office environment or contact centre. Some may be employed by small to medium sized companies.

Hours

Minimum 40 hours per week

Opportunities

Insurance brokers may move into account handling, account management or a business development role. With experience, you could specialise in a particular area of insurance or progress into another area such as underwriting. Insurance brokers could also pursue insurance industry qualifications, for example, through the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).

Job Description

Management accountant is a demanding but rewarding role. You will look after a company's finances and find ways to increase or improve profitability. Management accountants analyse the company's financial health, plan future spending, manage a team of accountants.


Salary Range

£25,000 - £100,000

Working environment

Management accountants will mostly be office based and can work in any industry.

Hours

Varied, minimum 37 hours

Opportunities

Experienced management accountants can progress to finance director and chief executive roles, or become a self-employed consultant. Many large accountancy firms run insight days and offer shadowing opportunities, where you can see how the industry works. Take a look at some of the opportunities listed on our site.

Job Description

Events managers organise and run promotional, business and social events. Key roles will include, coming up with creative and original ideas for events, booking and promoting all aspects of the event (venue, food, entertainment). This role will often involve overseeing a team.


Salary Range

£17,000 - £80,000

Working environment

Events managers could work in almost any environment, from offices to music festivals and sports arenas. Travel and outdoor work is also expected.

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 and highly regarded events managers can progress to managing large scale events, but can also setup their own businesses.

What to expect from this sector in the next 10 years

New technologies are often used first within this sector and as a result, companies need staff who are flexible, knowledgeable and can develop at the same pace as the market

Almost three quarters of the future jobs within this sector will be at Level 4+

Did you know? Skills needs in this sector are often linked directly to technological change, regulatory change and global competition. The sector needs a workforce that can combine specialised skills, such as accounting, with the increasing use of digital technologies

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