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Top investment banks

Top investment banksThe big investment banks are global financial services organisations and major employers of some of the UK’s brightest graduates. Get the lowdown on some of the leading City banks.

Morgan Stanley

Who? A big employer of some of the UK top graduates, Morgan Stanley has 600 offices in 30 different countries. The London office, based in the riverside business district of London, Canary Wharf, employs about 8,000 people. The headquarters are in New York, and with offices around the world there could be opportunities to work abroad.
Salaries: The starting salary for lots of graduates is around £35,000 and can increase quickly with experience.

Goldman Sachs

Who? With offices in the heart of the city, Goldman Sachs is another big international player in financial services, with around 30,000 staff worldwide. The UK is the hub for the bank’s activities in Europe, so there’s lots of scope for talented graduates.
Salaries: The starting salary for new graduates can be between £35,000 to £40,000 a year.

JP Morgan

Who? JP Morgan takes on around 300 graduates a year in the UK. The company has 160,000 people working in 50 countries and prides itself on the training it provides for new starters.
Salaries: Starting salaries for new graduates are around £30,000 to £35,000.
UK office: London

Deutsche Bank

Who? Deutsche Bank has been going for over 100 years and is now the global leader in securities trading. It employs over 65,000 people around the world and offers over 200 places to new British graduates each year. It also has an internship programme for students in their final year of studying.
Salaries: Starting salaries for new graduates are around £30,000 to £35,000.
UK office: London


Who? Another leading provider of financial services, Citigroup has a structured training programme for recent graduates leaving university with good degrees. Sounds interesting? Take a look at a case study from a graduate trainee working at Citigroup.
Salaries: Says ‘competitive’

Credit Suisse

Who? Set up in 1856, with the aim of financing the expansion of the railroad network in Switzerland, Credit Suisse Group is now a world-leading financial services company. They say they are looking for people with ‘energy, ambition and passion’ and take in 200 UK graduates and 245 interns each year.
Salaries: 'Competitive'

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