Brokers deal in commodities, stocks, shares and foreign exchange on behalf of clients or on own account, broker insurance and reinsurance, and buy and sell shipping and freight space.


  • Collects freight charges from client and undertakes all necessary formalities concerning customs and the loading/unloading of cargo.
  • Obtains cargo space, fixes freight charges and signs and issues bills of loading.
  • Arranges for the production of auction catalogues, fixes reserve prices, attends auction and bids on behalf of client, or negotiates purchase/sale by private treaty of goods not sold at auction.
  • Provides independent advice on the suitability of insurance schemes and places insurance on behalf of client.
  • Records and transmits buy and sell orders for stocks, shares and bonds and calculates transaction costs.
  • Analyses information concerning market trends for commodities, financial assets and foreign exchange and advises client and employer on the suitability of a particular investment.
  • Discusses buying and or selling requirements of client and gives advice accordingly.
  • Advises client on the suitability of particular insurance schemes and places insurance on behalf of client.

Typical Education Level

Honours, Bachelor's degree

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 7% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data


Average annual earnings

The current average wage for broker is £54,659

1,040 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 1,040. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for broker roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £54,659 per year. That is about £4,555 per month or £28.03 per hour. New workers generally start on £12,480, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £40,685

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 1,040 people are employed in the region.

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