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Stockbrokers advise individuals, companies and other organisations on their financial investments. They buy and sell stocks and shares or other assets on the stock exchange to make a profit for those clients.

The Work

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Most of the income of stockbrokers comes not from their salaries but from their bonuses which depend on both the profitability of the firm and the individual success of the stockbroker. Actual incomes therefore vary widely, depending on:

The average basic starting salary for a stockbroker is between £24,000 to £25,000 a year, plus performance bonus.

A qualified and experienced stockbroker might earn between £40,000 and £70,000 a year. A very successful stockbroker can earn well over £100,000 a year. Bonuses earned can be significant.


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Getting In

You would probably work for a firm of stockbrokers, an investment bank or a private bank. Most jobs are in London, but in Scotland there are some opportunities in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Vacancies are advertised in financial journals and recruitment websites. There is great competition for jobs and it is helpful to make speculative applications.

What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:


Getting On


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Chartered Financial Analysts Society of the UK (CFA UK)
Tel: 020 7648 6200
Twitter: @cfauk

Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI)
Tel: 020 7645 0777
Twitter: @CISI

Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
Tel: 0800 111 6768
Twitter: @TheFCA

The FCA is the regulatory authority for the financial services industry in the UK. Their aim is to protect consumers, ensure the industry remains stable and promote healthy competition between financial services providers.

Scottish Investment Operations (SIO)
Tel: 0131 247 7700
Twitter: @ScotInvOps

SIO is a professional body working on behalf of Scotland's investment industry. They have a slideshow on their website explaining more about the investment industry.

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