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Finance & Business Services

South Yorkshire is a growing location in the UK for business, professional and financial services companies. This varied sector is expected to continue to grow in the region, creating hundreds of new jobs in the next few years.

Types of Job

Contact centre worker
Nation Average Salary: £17,982
Chartered accountant
Nation Average Salary: £42,887
Financial adviser
Nation Average Salary: £45,458
Finance officer
Nation Average Salary: £25,331
Insurance underwriter
Nation Average Salary: £45,401

Are you interested in finance?
Do you enjoy working with numbers? Do you enjoy being in an office environment?

This work sector has a number of different apprenticeship opportunities and levels, depending on where your interests lie.

The apprenticeship areas covered by Finance and Business include; Accounting, Insurance and Business Administration.

As an example, the types of subjects you will study on an Accountancy (Advanced) Apprenticeship will include; Management Accounting costing, and Advanced Bookkeeping. For Business Administration (Advanced) you will study the principles of business and negotiating in a business environment. At a Higher level apprenticeship, you will learn more about principles of management and leadership.

Remember to look at entry requirements and progression routes with your chosen providers as part of your decision making process. Talk to as many people as possible and do your research.

Business Management is one of the first work areas to have an accredited higher and degree apprenticeship at SHU.

Regional Facts

The sector has an output of almost £2.5 billion in Sheffield City Region, and employs 43,200 people in South Yorkshire.

Financial services providers in the area include HSBC’s global IT shared service centre, the largest private sector employer in the region (it employs over 4,500 people!).

South Yorkshire has a long standing legal sector with 4,900 people employed across international firms such as DLA Piper, Nabarro and Irwin Mitchell who sit alongside smaller niche firms.

Contact centres include Aviva, Sky, XLN Telecom and Capita.

There are strong links to other sectors, especially ICT, with an increasing emphasis on use of technology.

Career Facts


  • Communication
  • Presentation skills
  • ICT
  • Problem solving
  • Customer service
  • Numeracy and literacy
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Sales

Useful subjects include:

  • English
  • ICT
  • Business Admin
  • Maths


You have to be employed in order to do a higher or degree apprenticeship. If you are not employed for at least 30 hours a week you need to apply directly to an employer who is offering a higher or degree apprenticeship as part of their training programme.

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