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Business, research and administrative professionals

Average salary: £41,933
Experienced salary: £65,270

Business and related associate professionals

Average salary: £25,813
Experienced salary: £41,995

Business sales executives

Average salary: £25,522
Experienced salary: £51,043

Top jobs in sector

  • Managers and directors in retail and wholesale
    What does this career do?

    Retail and wholesale managers and directors plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the operations of major retail and wholesale establishments in order to maximise business performance and meet financial goals.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £23,254 per year. That is about £1,937 per month, or £11 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £16,058 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £49,629 per year.

  • IT business analysts, architects and systems designers
    What does this career do?

    Workers in this unit group provide advice on the effective utilisation of IT and design IT systems in order to meet the business objectives or to enhance the business effectiveness of the organisation.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £45,178 per year. That is about £3,764 per month, or £22 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £29,370 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £71,635 per year.

  • Programmers and software development professionals
    What does this career do?

    Programmers and software development professionals design, develop, test, implement and maintain software systems in order to meet the specifications and business objectives of the information system; they also design and develop specialist software e.g. for computer games.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £37,440 per year. That is about £3,120 per month, or £18 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £23,587 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £60,757 per year.

  • Solicitors
    What does this career do?

    Solicitors advise and act on behalf of individuals, organisations, businesses and government departments in legal matters.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £45,406 per year. That is about £3,783 per month, or £22 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £25,626 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £84,074 per year.

  • Management consultants and business analysts
    What does this career do?

    Jobholders in this unit group advise industrial, commercial and other establishments on a variety of management and business-related matters to assist in the formulation of financial and business policies in order to maximise growth or improve business performance.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £44,034 per year. That is about £3,669 per month, or £21 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £26,333 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £72,842 per year.

  • Business and financial project management professionals
    What does this career do?

    Job holders in this unit group manage and oversee major projects across all sectors of modern industry, commerce and the public sector, in areas such as e-commerce, business analysis, finance, product development, marketing, human resources.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £44,470 per year. That is about £3,705 per month, or £21 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £26,291 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £76,606 per year.

  • Actuaries, economists and statisticians
    What does this career do?

    Jobholders in this unit group apply theoretical principles and practical techniques to assess risk and formulate probabilistic outcomes in order to inform economic and business policy, and to analyse and interpret data used to assist in the formulation of financial, business and economic policies in order to maximise growth or improve business performance.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £44,533 per year. That is about £3,711 per month, or £21 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £27,310 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £80,080 per year.

  • Business and related research professionals
    What does this career do?

    Business and related research professionals carry out a variety of research activities for the broadcast and print media, for the police and armed forces intelligence services, for national security agencies and in other non-scientific areas.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £32,906 per year. That is about £2,742 per month, or £16 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £21,278 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £50,024 per year.

  • Business, research and administrative professionals
    What does this career do?

    Workers in this unit group advise on the formulation and implementation of policy in the public and private sectors, develop and implement substantial business, statistical and administrative systems, and perform a variety of functions not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 242: Business, research and administrative professionals.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £41,933 per year. That is about £3,494 per month, or £20 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £25,875 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £65,270 per year.

  • Public relations professionals
    What does this career do?

    Public relations professionals plan, organise and co-ordinate the activities that promote the image and understanding of an organisation and its products or services to consumers, businesses, members of the public and other specified audiences.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £25,979 per year. That is about £2,164 per month, or £12 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £17,014 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £45,115 per year.

  • Business and related associate professionals
    What does this career do?

    Job holders in this unit group advise on the effectiveness of an organisation’s procedures, systems and methods and perform other business and related functions not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 353: Business, Finance and Related Associate Professionals.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £25,813 per year. That is about £2,151 per month, or £12 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £18,429 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £41,995 per year.

  • Business sales executives
    What does this career do?

    Business sales executives provide advice to existing and potential customers, and receive orders for specialist machinery, equipment, materials and other products or services that require technical knowledge.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £25,522 per year. That is about £2,126 per month, or £12 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £15,101 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £51,043 per year.

  • Marketing associate professionals
    What does this career do?

    Marketing associate professionals assist in the development and implementation of projects which aim to elicit the preferences and requirements of consumers, businesses and other specified target groups so that suppliers may meet these needs.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £24,960 per year. That is about £2,080 per month, or £12 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £16,390 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £45,843 per year.

  • Sales accounts and business development managers
    What does this career do?

    Sales accounts and business development managers plan, organise and undertake market research to meet the requirements of an organisation’s marketing and sales policies.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £45,219 per year. That is about £3,768 per month, or £22 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £27,082 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £89,606 per year.

  • Conference and exhibition managers and organisers
    What does this career do?

    Job holders in this unit group manage, organise and coordinate business conferences, exhibitions and similar events.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £22,131 per year. That is about £1,844 per month, or £11 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £14,518 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £42,682 per year.

  • Other administrative occupations
    What does this career do?

    Job holders in this unit group are responsible for recording, filing and disseminating information for a business, organisation or individual not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 415: Other Administrative Occupations

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £21,362 per year. That is about £1,780 per month, or £10 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £16,723 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £42,994 per year.

  • Catering and bar managers
    What does this career do?

    Catering and bar managers plan, direct and co-ordinate the catering and bar facilities and services of licensed premises, factories, shops, theatres, educational premises and other establishments. They also manage outside catering businesses and shops selling food cooked on the premises.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £22,693 per year. That is about £1,891 per month, or £11 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £19,053 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £31,200 per year.

  • Florists
    What does this career do?

    Florists sell flowers and related products in a wholesale or retail business, and design and make up floral bouquets, wreaths, tributes and other floral arrangements for sale to the public.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £14,893 per year. That is about £1,241 per month, or £7 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £12,480 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £21,715 per year.

  • Debt, rent and other cash collectors
    What does this career do?

    Debt, rent and other cash collectors collect payments due or overdue from households and businesses and empty cash from prepayment meters or machines.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £18,450 per year. That is about £1,537 per month, or £9 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £15,454 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £26,728 per year.

  • Market research interviewers
    What does this career do?

    Market research interviewers conduct interviews to collect information on the opinions and preferences of consumers, businesses, the electorate and other selected groups.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £20,072 per year. That is about £1,672 per month, or £10 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £16,848 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £31,117 per year.

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