Highest paid internships sectors in the UK

Kalila Sangster
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Some internships pay less than half the national living wage, according to a study. Photo: Getty

The highest-paid internship role is in consulting with an average salary of £1,700 ($2,201) per month, according to a study.

Internships in the business sector come in second place, with interns earning £1,550 per month, closely followed by finance with an average monthly salary of £1,500, according to the study of 1,257 intern positions on job site Indeed by MoneyTransfers.com.

In fourth place is an internship in research which can pay on average £1,450 per month. Indeed.co.uk offers roles such as trading research intern, AI research intern and research and development intern.

Rounding out the top five highest paid internships is a role in web development — interns can earn an average salary of £1,440 per month.

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Indeed.co.uk states that the average internship salary across the UK is £20,715 per year, but often interns receive half of that.

Internships in fashion are the lowest paid with an average monthly salary of £600, less than half the national living wage of £1,395 per month, according to MoneyTransfers.com. One anomaly was the role of buying intern which could see interns earning a salary of £1,408 per month.

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Brits looking for internships in marketing can also expect to earn less, with salaries averaging £800 per month.

The sector with the third lowest paying internship roles is sales, with an average salary of £950 per month. However, sales roles are often commission based, therefore interns could end up making more than the base average salary, MoneyTransfers.com said.

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London came out on top as the internship hotspot for students and graduates with the most intern roles available — 1,455 positions are currently available on Indeed.

Manchester takes second place with nearly 200 internships advertised online, followed by Birmingham, Bristol, and Nottingham.

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