Business adviser | Average UK Salary & Outlook

Business advisers give advice and support to new business start-ups and help established businesses to grow.

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Business advisers typically work around 37 to 39 hours per week.

As a Business adviser you will typically work evenings / weekends.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an
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    * from ONETonline
    Average salary
    42,248 GBP *
    per year
    20,000 GBP
    35,000 GBP
    5+ Experience
    * data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
    Average salary for Business adviser

    Big gender gap
    • 46,957 GBP
    • 36,830 GBP
    Average salary for part-time Business adviser
    Average salary for full-time Business adviser

    • 19,743 GBP
    • 19,486 GBP
    • 42,248 GBP
    • 36,830 GBP
    • 46,957 GBP
    Salary over time for Business adviser

    Salary for this role has increased over time
    • 46,342 GBP
    • 43,195 GBP
    • 41,467 GBP
    • 42,504 GBP
    • 45,411 GBP
    • 43,581 GBP
    • 42,248 GBP
    • 45,179 GBP
    • 51,220 GBP

    Future outlook for Business advisers

    Poor outlook
    581 000+ jobs available
    Balanced outlook
    1% yearly wage growth (on average)

    Business adviser - Your future job?

    Which qualifications do I need?

    Find out what you need to know in order to become a Business adviser and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

    In terms of people already doing this job:

    • 68% of people in this role have a Bachelor's degree
    • 9% of people in this role have a certificate of higher education or equivalent but no degree
    • 9% of people in this role have a Diploma of Higher Education or equivalent

    You can apply directly to employers if you've got proven experience like running your own company, or working in management, finance or human resources.

    You'll need to show a wide range of skills, including marketing, finance, planning and project management. You'll also need to be good at building a network of contacts.

    Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Business adviser

    Business Planning

    What soft skills do I need?

    Rise above the competition by brushing up on the 5 most important soft skills you need to become a Business adviser.
    Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions
    Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one
    Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively
    Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
    Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents

    What technical skills do I need?

    Technical skills are programmes, softwares and things you need to know in order to be a successful Business adviser. Check that you know:
    Business intelligence and data analysis software Actuate BIRT; Jaspersoft Business Intelligence Suite
    Communications server software Emergency notification system software; MIR3 Intelligent Notification
    Data base user interface and query software Data entry software
    Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    Project management software Confluence
    Improve your skills today

    Business Planning

    Things to highlight for your Business adviser interview

    Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical. Cooperation Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. Persistence Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

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