The thriving heart of the UK's financial industry

The City of London - a magnet for investment


777,000 financial and professional services jobs

The undisputed heart of the UK's financial and professional services offer, London is among the world's most preeminent financial centres, and the most global and outward looking. It is the largest centre internationally for a number of cross border activities including bank lending, foreign exchange trading, and OTC derivatives. The city's diverse and internationally connected workforce is one of the most highly skilled in Europe across all sectors, and 71.4% of the financial and professional services sector's workers are high skilled .

£2.6bn Foreign direct investment in financial services between 2014 and 2018

The City of London is one of the world's most established centres, and there are specialist clusters of services throughout the whole of the capital, including Canary Wharf and Mayfair, and financial and professional services expertise across every sector is available. The capital is key to providing financial services to the world, exporting £39bn in financial services to international markets. A magnet for inward investment in the sector, 2014-18 saw £2.6bn invested in 289 projects through foreign direct investment.

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Zurich Insurance UK: 'The UK is widely recognised as an international insurance and financial services hub which attracts global talent. This is a key advantage to being in the UK.'

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