Job type

Business analyst

£30k - £70k

Typical salary

37 – 39

Hours per week

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

More info

  • Requires excellent analytical skills and the ability to work with people at all levels
  • With experience, option to move into project management, consulting, or work in different industries
  • Option to set up your own company and work freelance

You'll work with senior managers and other professionals to support changes to the way an organisation works, like improving decision-making processes, supporting the introduction of a new IT system, or developing a marketing and sales strategy.

DAY-TO-DAY DUTIES

  • Speak to managers to find out what they want to achieve
  • Carry out fact finding tasks into business processes to see what they do and how they do it
  • Analyse findings and use data modelling methods to help recommend changes and improvements
  • Explain the benefits of your recommendations and look at the potential impact and risks
  • Agree the best way to put recommended changes into place with management
  • Oversee testing and quality checks of recommendations
  • Support staff with changes and report any issues

DAY-TO-DAY ENVIRONMENT

In some cases, you may be responsible for managing a project through to completion. 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. 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. 

You'll need

This role is ideal for someone with excellent analytical skills and the ability to work well with people at all levels.

There are no set requirements to become a business analyst, but previous project management experience and a working knowledge of project development methods like Waterfall or Agile will be helpful. A technical background, like in software development or programming, can also help.

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

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

It may be useful to have a first or higher degree in subjects like business information systems, business management, computing and systems development, or computer science.

CAREER PROSPECTS

With experience, you could move into project management, consulting, or work in different industries. You could also set up your own company and work freelance.