Auditing is the most in-demand financial career in the UK right now

A new study from CMC Markets, an online trading platform, analyzed monthly Google searches using Ahrefs for jobs in the financial sector to determine which career is most in demand. They also extracted the number of UK-based adverts for each financial role on the Indeed job board during the month of December 2022.

Rank Job title Total number of Google searches worldwide
1 Listener 222,500
2 Actuary 166,600
3 Corporate banking 96,280
4 bank teller 43,250
5 Forensic accounting 39,650
6 Compliance Officer 35 170
7 Customer advisor 29,080
8 Loan officer 22,950
9 Branch Manager 18,560
ten Risk Manager 17,430

Research ‘Listener‘ ranked number one on the list with 222,500 monthly Google searches. People search on average 5,000 times per month for “auditing jobs” and 500 times for “auditing careers”. There are currently 785 financial auditor jobs on Indeed.

Actuarial careers are close behind as the second most searched job in finance with a total of 166,600 searches per month for “actuary careers” and “actuary jobs”. A actuary was the only career in the insurance industry to make the top ten. There are currently 1,030 finance actuary jobs on Indeed.

The third most desirable finance career is corporate banking which amassed a total of 96,280 Google searches per month, including 1,200 for the search term “corporate banking jobs”. There are currently 3,748 banking jobs on Indeed.

Another banking career took fourth place with bank teller Totaling 43,250 Google searches each month, 12,000 of those monthly searches were for “bank teller jobs.” Currently, there are only 35 bank teller jobs on Indeed.

In fifth place came forensic accounting with 39,650 Google searches per month and the sixth most in-demand career in finance was a compliance officer with 35,170 monthly searches on Google.

Despite being one of the ten most sought-after jobs in finance, forensic accounting only gives 64 job vacancies in the UK, according to Indeed. On the other hand, there are currently 6,685 UK compliance officer openings on Indeed.

With 29,080 Google searches per month, a Customer advisor was the seventh most sought-after career in finance and there are 811 job postings for client advisor positions on Indeed.

Loan officers And branch managers ranked eighth and ninth on the list with 22,950 and 18,560 monthly Google searches, respectively. There are 1,744 jobs on Indeed for loan officers and branch managers in the UK. Research has found that the tenth most in-demand job in finance is a risk manager with 17,430 monthly searches on Google. There are currently 5,259 job vacancies on Indeed for risk management positions in the UK. Michael Hewson, Chief Market Analyst at CMC Markets, commented on the results: “Despite the scarcity of jobs in some industries, it appears that there is significant interest in different sectors of the finance world.

“Interestingly, a lot of that number is banking-related searches. And overall, finance careers are searched 2,935,840 times a month on Google.

“This number is definitely something to watch as we head into the new year as people may be looking for new opportunities in 2023.”

Full data table below:


Accounting Assurance investment bank Banking
Sector Job title General term Searches “Jobs” Searches “Careers” Total
Accounting 889000 39000 5600 933600
Listener 217000 5000 500 222500
Forensic accounting 36000 3400 250 39650
Business accounting 14000 600 0 14600
Payroll Accounting 5900 500 20 6420
Assurance 693000 14000 2800 709800
Actuary 159000 6400 1200 166600
insurance investigator 2400 1600 20 4020
insurance advisor 3000 300 0 3300
Claims Officer 250 100 0 350
investment bank 95000 6400 1100 102500
Compliance Officer 32000 3100 70 35170
Customer advisor 29000 80 0 29080
Risk Manager 14000 3400 30 17430
investment analyst 8500 2600 80 11180
Banking 425000 29000 4600 458600
Corporate banking 95000 1200 80 96280
bank teller 31000 12000 250 43250
Loan officer 19000 3700 250 22950
Branch Manager 17000 1500 60 18560


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