Professional and Financial Services

These businesses are called ‘professional’ services because they have specialist roles such as lawyer, architect, accountant, tax advisor. These roles need formal qualifications and experience. Making them ‘experts’.

There are over 10,000 businesses in this industry in Leicester and Leicestershire. It is a highly skilled industry meaning that the pay is very good.
You don’t just have to do these expert roles to work in this industry.
There are a lot of support roles that have great career opportunities as well. Some examples are:
  • IT
  • Admin
  • Receptionist
  • Sales
  • Cleaning
This industry actually covers lots of other industries as it includes a variety of activities that support a business to operate day-to-day. Nearly every company has some form of administrative requirement which supports their business to run by arranging meetings, contacting clients and keeping computer systems up to date. In local job adverts skills such as finance and sales administration have seen high growth in demand over the past five years.


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You can start your training to become an accountant or a lawyer by doing an apprenticeship or a degree. As a junior you are expected to take additional exams and build your knowledge and experience in the workplace before you are qualified.

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What you'll need

You’ll need administration skills, pay attention to detail, the ability to work well with others and on your own, communication skills, customer service skills and to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently.

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Professional and Financial Services Jobs

Red – Formal qualifications required – GCSEs Grades 4-9, Level 3 qualifications, A levels or Degree

Amber – Some formal qualifications may be required at Level 2 depending on the employer this will vary depending on the organisation and position

Green – No formal qualification required