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Business analyst

Business analysts investigate situations and problems to find improvements for businesses.

Annual Salary

£22,000 to £55,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 39 a week

You could work: evenings; occasionally

4%
Future employment

There will be 4% more Business analyst jobs in 2026.
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Day to day tasks

You could:

  • speak to managers to learn what their business needs are
  • write down what the business does and how
  • analyse your findings to suggest changes and improvements
  • explain the possible effects of changes, such as the costs, benefits and risks
  • agree the best way to make changes
  • organise testing and quality checks
  • support staff making changes

Working environment

You could work in an office or at a client's business.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly
University

Any degree that teaches analytical skills can be useful for this role.

Some employers may prefer you to have a degree or postgraduate qualification in a relevant subject, such as:

  • business information systems
  • business management
  • computing and systems development
  • computer science

Experience during your degree

You may have an advantage if your degree course lets you get some business experience. This could be through:internships; work placements; a year in industry

It may also be useful to get experience of managing projects and analysing data.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
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Apprenticeship

You could gain some of the skills and knowledge needed for this role through an apprenticeship like a:

  • business analyst higher apprenticeship
  • project management higher or degree apprenticeship

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
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Direct application

You can apply directly for jobs if you've got several years' experience in project management, consulting or IT.

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Career tips

To get into this career, it may be useful to know about agile project management or other similar methods.

Further information

You can find out more about becoming a business analyst from:International Institute of Business Analysis UK; The Chartered Institute for IT; Institute of Consulting

You can find out more about government business analysts in the Civil Service on GOV.UK.

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With experience, you could:become a project manager; work as a consultant; work in different industries; set up your own company; work freelance

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • business management skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • persistence and determination
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications
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