Finance is one of the highest paying industries for graduate jobs


Have you recently finished university and are looking for your first graduate role in finance? Well, according to the latest data from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, the finance industry offers one of the highest average salaries for graduate roles.

The findings, which analysed thousands of live job vacancies on the CV-Library site, found that you could earn nearly £22,000 if you secure yourself a graduate role in finance; far higher than a number of other sectors. The top 10 industries for graduate pay include:

  1. IT - £25,518.56
  2. Engineering - £24,785.71
  3. Property - £24,382.35
  4. Consultancy - £24,250.00
  5. Sales - £23,117.19
  6. Marketing - £22,145.26
  7. Finance - £21,916.67
  8. Customer Service - £21,583.33
  9. Recruitment - £20,341.46
  10. Education - £18,907.69

Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library, comments: “It’s no surprise that the most skilled and technical industries like finance command the highest salaries, especially for new graduates. In truth, these positions are hotly contested, with a bunch of university leavers flocking to them, so it’s essential that you do your best to stand out!”

Alongside this, of the graduate jobs listed on CV-Library, the finance industry commands a 4.5% share of the graduate jobs on offer.

Biggins continues: “While the finance sector has a smaller proportion of graduate jobs, don’t let this put you offer. There are plenty of exciting opportunities for you to make the most of, as long as you spend time on your applications and perfecting your interview technique.

“What’s more, if you’re considering relocating, we recently published a report that lists out the best locations for graduates to live and work in, so this is a good reference point. Do your research and don’t apply for the sake of it; polish your CV and cover letter to give yourself the best chance of progressing to an interview and ultimately landing the job!”