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Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) EmployAbility Graduate Programme 2020
- Economics




Start Date

October 2020


Stratford, London,UK






Midnight, Tuesday 31st December 2019

EmployAbility is delighted to be working with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to offer disabled students and graduates the opportunity to apply for their Graduate Programme.

About the FCA

At the FCA, we’re creating a fair and more resilient financial system. We’re establishing more transparent relationships between financial services and their customers, building trust in financial markets and protecting vulnerable customers. Our ambition is to create a diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects the society we serve, helping us to be a better regulator. We’re looking for individuals from all backgrounds who subscribe to our values.

About the Programme

Programme Length: Two and a half years

Programme Type: Rotational

Please note: You can only apply for one graduate programme with the FCA.

Part of our Competition & Economics division, our Economics team provide rigorous economic thinking, research, analysis and advice to help the FCA deliver on its strategic objective of making financial services markets work well. This is a great opportunity to guide future FCA policy decisions, evaluate previous decisions and ensure we meet our objectives as a regulator, making a real difference to consumers’ lives.

Joining this collaborative and friendly department, you’ll have the chance to work on a variety of projects and will be involved in drafting reports, presenting your analysis and providing support to the wider organisation. While the majority of the work is internally focussed, there’s also a lot of external facing work, dealing with the firms that the FCA regulates.

You’ll be working on market studies, conducting cost benefit assessments and evaluations and carrying out economic research and analysis. We’re keen for our graduates to develop and grow during their time with us, so as part of this programme we’ll pay for you to undertake a Masters in Economics if you don’t have one already.

What we look for

A degree related to economics is essential however you’ll also need a keen interest in analytics and a willingness to learn about financial markets. You’ll be a great team player – collaborative and proactive – and have a talent for working with others in both formal and informal teams. The ability to communicate complex issues succinctly, provide compelling advice and challenge others, is a must. 

Learning & Development

As a graduate in Economics you’ll complete the training pathway through our training Academy which will equip you with all technical skills and business understanding you need. You’ll also undertake a fully-funded MSc in Economics at the University of Birkbeck with part-time evening study over 12 months. If you already have an MSc in Economics you’ll have the opportunity to take on alternative  study. 

What we offer

At the FCA you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference. We offer all our graduates a competitive range of benefits, including:

  • Base salary of £34,000 
  • Career and family leave
  • Performance based bonus 
  • Flexible working options
  • Non-contributory pension charity and volunteering initiatives
  • Minimum of 25 days’ holiday
  • Sports and social clubs
  • Private health care
  • Subsidised on-site fitness centre 
  • Free eye tests
  • Subsidised restaurant
  • Interest-free season ticket loans. 

We’re proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 employer and we were recently awarded “Employer of the Year” at the Women in Finance awards. We’re also signatories of the #NoBystanders pledge and Disability Confident scheme, which guarantees disabled people an interview if they meet the minimum requirements for a job vacancy. 

We value the views of our people and listening to them is central to our success. This is why our staff network groups play such a significant role. They shape the environment we work in, the way we interact with one another and the way that we make our decisions. We want our people to be engaged and productive while at work, so we’re committed to creating an environment that enables you to do your best work while maintaining your other commitments. To support this, we offer flexible working arrangements, the opportunity to work from home, a number of career and family leave provisions, and generous annual leave so you can take time off when you need or want to.

The Application Process

Candidates apply through EmployAbility but each applicant is assessed against the FCA's core competencies and selected through the FCA's recruitment process. Successful candidates are hired directly on to the Graduate Programme and participate in every aspect of it.

If you have any extenuating circumstances or require further information about the scheme, please contact Sarah on +44 (0)7852 764 684 or email info@employ-ability.org.uk

This programme is now closed for applications.

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