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What our graduates say

"Working at First Actuarial has been thoroughly enjoyable. As an actuarial student, I am involved in a wide range of work which has helped me to develop my skills in all areas of pensions consulting. We also receive regular training updates in order to support our development. With a friendly office atmosphere, it has been easy to get to know everyone and to socialise with them."

Marcus Johansson Basingstoke

"Since joining First Actuarial as a graduate, I have had the opportunity to be involved with a variety of pensions consulting work. There is a friendly and relaxed atmosphere in the office, and I’ve found that everyone is really approachable. I was made to feel a valued part of the team from day one and have really enjoyed working alongside my colleagues."

Annie Targett Leeds

"Being a smaller consultancy means that you get exposure to a wide variety of work with a whole range of clients, ensuring that no two days are the same. First Actuarial is an excellent place to work. The friendly and relaxed atmosphere makes you feel welcome from day one and everyone is more than willing to support you."

Craig Moran Manchester

"I started First Actuarial as a new graduate a few years ago, and was made to feel a valuable member of the team straight away. I can’t believe how quickly I gained experience and developed knowledge in a wide variety of work, including attendance at a number of client meetings. I have felt supported in all the work that I have done and always been encouraged to ask when I’m not sure. It really is a pleasure to work in such a supportive and friendly environment!"

Kiri Mandal Peterborough

Graduate Vacancies and Summer Placements

First Actuarial are a growing consultancy business which has built a significant stream of business and high regard in the UK pension arena. We offer a comprehensive range of services designed to meet the needs of pension scheme trustees and employers. We have an energetic board of founders, all of whom are qualified actuaries.

Established in 2004, we have since grown our team from 25 to over 170 people and now work across 5 offices located in Basingstoke, Leeds, Manchester, Peterborough and Tonbridge.

As a flexible employer with a flat and informal management structure, we offer the opportunity to develop a rewarding role very quickly. This may mean meeting clients, winning business or playing an influential role internally. You can be certain that you won’t be stuck in a narrow role doing the same work every day.

We encourage a relaxed and friendly working environment with a casual dress policy and flexible working hours.

Who are we looking to recruit?

We are looking for graduates with high academic achievements. Applications from those with strong results in maths, statistics, economics or similar we welcome. But we also encourage applicants from other disciplines provided they have a good A-Level (or equilvalent) in maths.

In addition, we expect you to:

  • Be able to accept responsibility at an early stage in your career
  • Be personally motivated
  • Have strong communication skills
  • Have an ability to tackle and solve problems

Professional development – study and training

We will give you full support to study for the Fellowship of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. Our current study package includes:

  • Exam success rewarded through pay rises
  • Payment for required study materials and tutorials
  • Up to 40 study days per year
  • Exam entry fees
  • Membership subscriptions for the Institute or Faculty of Actuaries

Ultimately you will require determination and self discipline to meet the demands of combining studying and working full time.

Shortly after starting at First Actuarial, you will attend an initial training day. This day is designed to introduce you to pensions in general and the work you will typically do. The day will also have a session on exam skills as the actuarial exams are very different from university exams. Most of your subsequent training will be on the job but we also run formal training courses throughout your career to assist with your development.

Our team structure will enable you to work directly (and learn from) experienced qualified actuaries in order to provide support in all areas of actuarial pensions consulting.

How to apply

Recruitment for our 2017 graduate scheme is now closed, however our Basingstoke office currently has vacancies for entry level actuarial students. You can see further details and apply online.

For any other enquiries regardig graduate recruitment please email

Summer placement programme

Summer placement work is available to penultimate year undergraduates only who are aiming for a good degree result.

Placements involve working in a team of actuaries and actuarial students on a wide range of pensions related work. You are likely to get involved in drafting letters and reports, carrying out pension scheme calculations and working on spreadsheets.

A placement will give you a flavour of what it is like working for First Actuarial as well as providing direct experience of real actuarial work.

Recruitment for placements in summer 2017 is now closed.

For any other enquiries regarding summer placements please email