About the FCA


The Financial Conduct Authority is the conduct regulator for 58,000 financial services firms and financial markets in the UK and the prudential regulator for over 18,000 of those firms.

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What we do

Financial markets need to be honest, fair and effective so that consumers get a fair deal.

We aim to make markets work well - for individuals, for business, large and small, and for the economy as a whole.

The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) is the prudential regulator of around 1,500 banks, building societies, credit unions, insurers and major investment firms. As a prudential regulator, it has a general objective to promote the safety and soundness of the firms it regulates.

We were established on 1 April 2013, taking over responsibility for conduct and relevant prudential regulation from the Financial Services Authority.

Early careers

Graduate programmes

Every year we invite graduates from a diverse range of backgrounds to join us – people just like you. Each of our graduate programmes last for two and a half years, and are made up of rotations around multiple teams. It doesn’t matter what subject you’re studying or have studied, we have a programme for you.

With us you’ll receive comprehensive training and, with select programmes, the opportunity to study for a professional qualification which will enable you to develop the technical and behavioural skills you need to succeed. You’ll also be paired-up with a buddy and a graduate champion to support you throughout the programme.

Summer internship

Our ten-week summer internship offers you the chance to work and learn alongside industry experts, giving you everything you need to decide whether a career with us is right for you.

You'll have the opportunity to make a difference.

We offer a programme specifically for data science. If successful, you could be offered a place on one of our graduate programmes.

Degree Apprenticeships

Our apprenticeships offer you an 18-36 month opportunity to take part in key aspects of our day-to-day work, develop new skills and gain an industry leading qualification while you earn. We look for passion and integrity as well as ambition and aptitude in our apprentices.

We don't require you to have previous work experience, but you will need to have attained 5 GCSEs (A-C) and 2 A-Levels. 

Our offer to you

At the FCA you'll have the opportunity to make a difference, finding out how markets work, learning in detail how we develop and implement regulation and seeing how a wide variety of businesses function.

We also offer all of our graduates a competitive range of benefits, including:

  • access to the FCA Academy
  • career and family leave
  • a non-contributory pension
  • a minimum of 25 days’ holiday
  • interest-free season ticket loans
  • private healthcare
  • free eye tests
  • a subsidised on-site fitness centre (London only)
  • flexible working options
  • charity and volunteering initiatives
  • sports and social clubs
  • a reflection and multi-faith room
  • a subsidised restaurant.
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