People working in the finance sector help individuals, firms and organisations to keep track of their money and to save, spend and invest it wisely. This has always been one of the strongest areas of the Scottish economy, and in 2008 Scotland had the second highest number of banking headquarters in Europe, after London.
However, the sector has been severely affected by recent global problems. As a result there is some uncertainty about employment prospects in, for example, banking. Fortunately, despite job cuts in the high street banks, there has been an expansion of other financial services within Scotland.
Financial Services offers good opportunities for students who enjoy:
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