Sales & marketing

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 National Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 39 a week

You could work: evenings; occasionally

5%
Future employment

There will be 5% more Business analyst jobs in 2024.
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What's it all about?

Day to day tasks

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

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

You can do a degree or postgraduate qualification in:

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

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

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

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

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

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
  • persistence and determination
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications
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