Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment

Professional Business Services

Professional business services are critical to the success of the UK economy. They are a growth area in a global market. People who work in professional business services support businesses in all sectors by providing specialist advice. This support can include a range of services in areas such as accountancy, management, recruitment, human resources, auditing, consultation, diversity and inclusion, data analysis, risk management, and technology and communications.

Professional business services require people with good communication and creative thinking skills, good understanding of clients’ markets and a sound knowledge of market research, consultancy practices and client relationships. They require a wide range of qualities, including people skills, technical ability, a high standard of business ethics and the ability to persuade, influence and negotiate.