Business Analyst jobs and careers

A career in business analysis is all about identifying business goals and making them happen by managing constant change through innovation and opting for modern methods to make the business operate successfully.

Business goals are achieved through projects that endorse consumer needs into new products and services, a business analyst helps organisations grow by implementing technology to further general efficiency.

Why consider a career as a Business Analyst?

If you enjoy measuring the success of your work through the achieving and working towards the company’s overall goals, improvements, having a deep understanding of client or business ambitions and working towards internal or external productions to make things happen, a career in business analysis could match you perfectly.

What a career or job as a Business Analyst may entail…

As a Business Analyst, your core abilities will be based on finding new and exciting ways to improve the business. This will be done through carrying out workshops understanding business and individual requirements, and turning them into real life project actions taking things where they need to go! You will need to be able to show through your previous work that you have the attitude and commitment that will lead to continued success. Experience of dealing with a multitude of stakeholders from customers and support staff right the way through to senior management and board level, you must be able to present findings clearly and accurately.

Gathering requirements and creating specs to be used across the business will be a core area of the role. You may be liaising between multiple teams within the business and bringing all their individual expertise together, as well as making sure that those you are project managing remain on task and to the deadlines agreed. Working with the tech team, you’ll be organising any system improvements, on top of managing testing programs.

Typical role titles include

Business Analyst
Business Change Analyst
Agile Business Analyst
Digital Business Analyst
Business System Analyst
Business Process Analyst
Senior Business Analyst
Junior Business Analyst
Lead Business Analyst
Senior BA
Customer Experience Analyst
Business Intelligence Analyst
Head of Business Analysis
Product Owner

Career progression example

Business Analyst
Senior Business Analyst
Lead Business Analyst
Head of Business Analysis

Salary and Day Rate Benchmarks

Here, we aim to provide an overall range of day rates and salaries.
There are always factors to consider when assigning a day rate and salary to a role, such as the skill demand, location, complexity, level of responsibility as well as what other benefits are on offer, such as remote working. It’s also worth noting that the ‘number of years’ of experience is not an ideal measure. However, as a general guide, it should provide some ballparks and pointers…

At an entry-level, junior/graduate Business Analysts on average will be earning between £20k-£30k. At the mid-level you’d be looking to earn £32k-£45k and seniors would be looking to earn £50k+.

Day Rates
At an entry-level, for a junior/graduate a typical day rate would be around the £300 mark, at the mid-level around the £350 mark and seniors can expect a day rate of £450+ as a benchmark.

Is it right for me? The skills it takes…

To succeed in a business analysis career, you should be a strong, clear communicator with technical writing skills and a good understanding of business development, new and modern techniques.

What qualifications does it take?

You do not necessarily need a degree to start your career as a business analyst. However, it is recommended to have some qualifications specific to the industry, such as a qualification in project management, service improvement, project governance. specific Business Analyst qualifications would see you starting with a Business Analyst Foundation, Business Change Foundation or Commercial Awareness Foundation, leading on to Practitioner.

Once in your role, it’s common for Business Analysts to become certified and work towards BCS Advanced International Diploma in Business Analysis.

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