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Business analyst

Business analysts work with organisations to help them change and improve.

Annual Salary

£30,000 to £70,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 40

Future employment

There will be 4% more Business analyst jobs in 2024.
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What's it all about?

In this role you could be:

  • speaking to managers to find out what they want to achieve
  • carrying out fact finding tasks into business processes to see what they do and how they do it
  • analysing findings and using data modelling methods to help recommend changes and improvements
  • explaining the benefits of your recommendations and looking at the potential impact and risks
  • agreeing the best way to put recommended changes into place with management
  • overseeing testing and quality checks of recommendations
  • supporting staff making changes and reporting any issues

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


You can do a degree or postgraduate qualification in:

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

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study


You could start by completing a business analyst higher apprenticeship, or a degree apprenticeship in project management, software engineering or cyber security.

You'll usually need:

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

Further Information

A working knowledge of project development methods like Waterfall or Agile can help you get into this career.

£30,000 to £70,000

Starter salary: £30,000 to £40,000

Experienced salary: £45,000 to £65,000

Salaries vary depending on experience, the industry and the size and complexity of project you're working on.

There may be bonuses for meeting deadlines and an extra benefits package.

These figures are a guide.

37 to 40

You'll usually work from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Overtime may be available when project deadlines are close.

You'll be office-based but may spend time travelling between sites if you work for a larger organisation.

With experience, you could move into project management, consulting, or work in different industries.

You could set up your own company and 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
  • knowledge of English language
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications
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