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Financial Capability

My Financial Career

My financial career provides information about the different sectors, jobs and routes into the financial services industry.


The world of financial services can seem confusing – from the technical language used, to the huge variety of different jobs and sectors.

Put broadly, “financial services” are the variety of products, services and facilities provided by the finance industry, which covers a huge range of organisations that are all involved in managing money. This ranges from providing current and savings accounts to individuals and families, to developing complex financial models to help governments trade and raise finance.

Every person, company or industry that you can think of in the world requires services to help them manage their money, protect them from unforeseen events or provide credit or loans. This is where financial services come in and why they are so important.

Financial career facts

  • £124.2bn: The amount financial services contributed in gross value to the UK economy in 2016
    (Source: UK Parliament)
  • 2.2m: The number of people employed in financial services and related sectors in the UK (Source: TheCityUK)
  • 363,800: The number of people employed in financial and professional services in London alone (Source: City of London Corporation)
  • 158: Number of banks incorporated in the UK (Source: Prudential Regulation Authority)