Financial services

Industry Sector

Overview

Think working in financial services is all about knowing the ins and outs of banking? Think again. Scotland’s financial services industry offers a wide range of career opportunities. You could be working as an insurance claims handler, an accountant or financial advisor. There are also roles in supply chain management, marketing and ICT.

Scotland is renowned for its strength in financial services and offers fantastic opportunities for people with all levels of experience and education. Whether you’re fresh out of school, a university graduate or considering a career change, you could find your dream job in finance.

Many roles come with excellent salary and benefits packages, as well as the offer of training to progress your career further. There are also excellent prospects of working in different locations as you develop your career.

The Industry Now

Around 85,000 people are employed in the industry in Scotland

32% of industry workers are qualified to graduate level with many achieving professional qualifications with employer support

Around half of those working in the industry are involved in banking

Employment in asset management and servicing has grown by 23% since 2009

The Future

Digital skills will be in demand as changes in technology lead to new ways of interacting with customers and analysing the market

Customer service roles will continue to be important, especially with the development of new technology like banking apps

Risk, compliance and investment accounting will be increasingly in demand

The people

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Opportunities