working at barclays

Why work here?

Wherever we are in Barclays, we are united and guided by one common purpose: creating opportunities to rise. 

Because we know that when we help our customers, clients, colleagues and society to rise, Barclays will rise with them.

In support of this great purpose, everything we do is guided and driven by our strong values of Respect, Integrity, Service, Excellence and Stewardship. These are fundamental to who we are, wherever we are, and in whatever role we have at Barclays – and they really matter to us.

Our values guide us, but we also believe opportunities are created by those who like to challenge convention, explore new possibilities, run with bold ideas and look for career potential in any role they take. People who think differently, who bring all kinds of backgrounds, skills, experiences and perspectives with them.

We believe that a diverse, inclusive and engaged culture is vital; that everyone’s value should be recognised and celebrated; and that every colleague has the same opportunity to fulfil their career potential. We focus on five global diversity agendas: Disability, Gender, LGBT, Multicultural and Multigenerational. And we support our colleagues in their life and work through our wellbeing initiatives, dynamic working and networking groups.

What’s more, we believe very strongly in citizenship – giving something back to the wider world through volunteering, fundraising and generally helping our communities and people all across the globe to rise.

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Benefits and opportunities

  • Barclays offers a rewards package you can tailor to your own needs. Start with a competitive salary, pension/retirement fund and discretionary annual bonus, then add benefits such as private healthcare, share plans, a childcare voucher scheme and many other options.

    As a Barclays colleague, you can look forward to plenty of challenges and opportunities, and the chance to develop both professionally and personally. We have an active internal jobs market and offer our vacancies to colleagues before we look to the external market.

  • Your wellbeing is important to Barclays, so we offer a range of health and wellbeing benefits. The range available depends on where you’re based. For example, many Barclays colleagues get discounted rates at gyms and health clubs, health screening, private health insurance and employee assistance programmes.

  • As a Barclays colleague, you can enjoy discounts on a wide range of products and services, from theatre tickets to cars. In some locations, colleagues can also get access to Barclays products and services on preferential terms. 

  • We offer a competitive holiday allowance, depending on where you work and how long you’ve been working for Barclays.

  • As a Barclays colleague, you can share in the company's success by buying shares, and we’ll give you up to £600 worth of matching shares. In the UK, our Sharesave plan means colleagues can buy Barclays shares at up to 20% discount at the end of a three to five-year savings period.

  • Our dynamic working programme has been set up to help Barclays colleagues achieve an optimal work/life balance. Arrangements we offer range from working at home and changing regular hours to taking career breaks. 

    Our Dynamic Working initiatives support colleagues at all stages of their lives, helping them with parenthood, caring, further studies and hobbies.

  • We actively encourage Barclays colleagues to give their time, money and skills to work that brings positive social and business results, so we support their volunteering and fundraising efforts.

    As a Barclays colleague, you could support our shared goal to help people develop the vital enterprise, employability and financial skills they need to help them achieve their ambitions, or help with other causes that are important to you.

    In 2014, 65,000 colleagues - almost half of our global workforce - used our support to get involved in their community. They volunteered 422,000 hours and raised over £32m.

  • We give Barclays colleagues plenty of opportunities to learn and move your career forward.

    If you’re just starting out, we can offer you a structured career progression plan, job rotations and international work placements. You can choose to get involved in internships, graduate schemes and MBA programmes. For those with more experience, there are opportunities to work on international assignments and secondments as well as gaining professional qualifications.

  • We have a number of programmes that recognise colleagues for their commitment and success, acknowledging their involvement in local communities as well as their work at Barclays.

  • Citizenship is an important part of the way we do business. We play a broader role in society, using our business expertise and the skills of our colleagues.

    We contribute to social change and economic growth. We’ve developed innovative products and services that serve our community – for example, the first Women in Leadership Index in our industry and the first way for British Sign Language users to contact a bank without visiting a branch.

    We’ve also created thousands of employment opportunities through our apprenticeship schemes and our programme for ex-military personnel, as well as helping millions of young people build the enterprise, employability and financial skills they need to achieve their ambitions.

    Our people have volunteered hundreds of thousands of hours and raised millions for causes they care about. These successes were built on thousands of individual achievements and the hard work, vision and dedication of our colleagues. 

    We’re excited to be taking the next steps in our citizenship journey. Read more about our colleagues’ citizenship achievements.


    We support job-sharing arrangements where possible. A job-sharing arrangement usually involves employing two people part time to cover one full-time role. It's suitable for a wide variety of people and particularly appeals to those who need to balance their working lives and personal circumstances, such as parents and carers.

  • We are committed to ensuring that Barclays is an inclusive workplace, where everyone feels supported, valued and respected. As part of this commitment, we offer extensive support for families, parents and carers in line with local practices and requirements, to ensure that our colleagues are able to balance their professional and personal lives.

    Read more about our support


We're proud to make Barclays an award-winning place to work. These are some of our most recent awards. 

FS Tech award logo

Best Use of Mobile from FS Tech Awards 2019

Times top 50 employer for women logo

The Times Top 50 Employer for Women 2019

Stonewall top 100 emplyer logo

Stonewall 2019

Working families award logo

Best for Embedded Flexibility Award 2018 from Working Families