Our essential guide to living & working in London

April 8, 2022


London is one of the world’s great cities, offering both a modern lifestyle and history dating back to Roman times. The City ‘square mile’ is recognised as one of the leading global financial centres and is a European base for many multi-national corporations. The major international law firms – including the ‘Magic Circle’ firms Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Freshfields, Linklaters and Slaughter and May– are all represented in London, as are the leading US firms.

Opportunities in marketing
For marketing and business development professionals, this provides a fantastic opportunity to work with some of the most exciting brands in professional services and banking & financial services. With many of these businesses having their global marketing teams based in the capital, it means that you will have access to some of the best roles in the world.

Principal areas of demand

Carter Murray work with an outstanding portfolio of businesses and firms. Principal areas of demand include:

•    Business development
•    Key account management
•    PR & media relations
•    CRM
•    Bid/proposals specialists
•    Events management
•    Product marketing
•    Investment writing
•    Sales (institutional and retail)
•    Sales support
•    Database
•    Internal communications
•    External communications
•    DTP & design
•    Online & digital

We recruit at all levels from Assistant to Heads of/Director/CMO

Remuneration and benefits

Most of our clients offer the basic benefits of 25 days holiday plus UK Bank Holidays, with some organisations offering up to 30 days.

In addition, many companies offer the benefits of a season ticket loan, allowing London workers to buy their travel for the year at a discounted rate, pension plans, private medical insurance and life insurance. Bonuses are also on offer at many companies, and this is often based on both individual and company performance. Salaries in London are competitive, and you can find further information about salaries in the Carter Murray market reports on our website.


London can cater to all tastes and interests. The City is a leading centre for the arts including the West End’s world famous theatrical productions, Covent Garden’s opera and ballet and the various internationally renowned art galleries. London also offers an array of bars, restaurants and clubs.

Transport links

London’s transport network is one of the most comprehensive in  the world and there are great connections around the country and to cities across the UK. There are new high speed rail links to the north as well as coastal regions which includes a link to Ashford with connections to the Eurostar for Calais and Brussels.

Gatwick and Heathrow are easily acessible from the centre of London, with no frills’ airlines offering low cost flights to many European destinations, making it cheap and easy to take short breaks on the Continent.