IG – Why Work For Us?

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Looking for a career at a company which will support you, challenge you and help you grow? IG Group can provide that.

Britain's top employers 2012, certified by the CRF Institute

We’re the market leader in financial derivatives trading, with a focus on innovation and advanced IT development. We’re 
also one of Britain’s Top Employers, a seven-year trend we 
intend to continue.

The majority of our thousand-strong staff are based in the heart of London, just a couple of steps from Cannon Street Station.

If you’re looking for opportunities further afield, we have international jobs in fifteen other cities around the globe, including Chicago, Melbourne, Paris, Singapore and Johannesburg.

What can we offer?

We’re a fast-growing, stable company, consistently in the top five FTSE® 250 firms on profit per head. There are a number of career opportunities available across our main departments:

  • IT Development and Production
  • Marketing
  • Dealing
  • Finance and Financial Sales
  • Legal and Compliance
  • Human Resources
  • Operations

IG offers a competitive salary, a performance-related bonus and a generous Scottish Widows pension. 

We also support our staff in a number of other ways. We offer:

  • Discounted gym membership
  • Personal training and development
  • Fresh fruit delivered daily
  • A sensational company Christmas party
  • Sports sponsorship – cycling events, prizes, polo tickets and more
  • Open-plan, well equipped offices, including top-of-the-line Aeron chairs

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We recognise that salary is important and pay median- to upper-quartile salaries with an attractive benefits package.

  • IG contributes 10% into the pension if the employee contributes 5%. This is done as a salary sacrifice with tax benefits as approved by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)
  • All staff are eligible for a variety of insurance packages from their first day of employment, including private medical cover, permanent health insurance and life assurance
  • There are 25 days annual holiday in addition to the statutory bank holidays, with the flexibility to buy or sell five days per leave year
  • IG will reimburse 50% of the costs of employees' annual gym subscription and provide an interest-free loan for an annual travelcard

Other benefits


  • Free fruit daily and 'coffee bar standard' coffee
  • A share incentive plan has been awarded annually to all our UK employees since 2006, matching shares one-to-one up to £1500 per annum
  • HMRC-approved tax and national insurance saving on purchasing a bicycle for cycling to work (current HMRC policy)
  • Employees with children can claim and pay for childcare vouchers, which are free of tax and national insurance, and these can go towards the cost of a registered child minder, nursery or after-school club or play scheme (current HMRC policy)
  • We host a Christmas party for our employees at the end of each year, to thank them for all their hard work

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IG Group Holdings is a London-based company with a global presence. The Group offers a number of services through our award-wining platforms.

IG Index was founded in 1974 to enable people to trade the price of gold as an index rather than trading the commodity itself, making the market far more accessible and removing the prohibitive costs surrounding commodity trading. Thus IG Index was born.

The company expanded rapidly, underpinned by market-leading technology which supported round-the-clock client trading. IG Index became the first spread betting firm to introduce online dealing in 1998, capitalising on the emergence of the internet and an increased awareness of investment products. The company became IG Group in 2000.

IG Markets, IG Markets Japan and Nadex were all added to the Group as it continued to grow and it is now one of the UK's top 200 firms and is listed on the FTSE 250. The Group has also developed internationally, opening 15 offices across the world in the last 12 years.

A New Milestone

In September 2012, we took a major step in the Group’s continuing evolution, bringing together IG Index and IG Markets to establish a single, global identity: 'IG'.

The creation of a single IG has significantly enhanced our ability to provide a consistently excellent service to clients around the world. It is a move that reflects and reinforces our status as a global market-leader. It also provides a platform on which we can continue to progress – delivering more of the kind of innovations and improvements that have made IG Group a global leader in online trading.

Innovation and technology

Product and technological innovation have been key elements of the Group's successful development. As pioneers of financial derivatives trading online, our businesses have repeatedly broken new ground, helping IG Group as a whole to become a highly successful business.

One of the cornerstones of IG Group's success is our multiple-award-winning, browser-based trading platform, which lets clients trade quickly and securely. The platform takes millions of trades each month, with around five million trades placed each month during 2013.

Our trading platform combines reliability, even during periods of intense client activity, with a huge range of resources and cutting-edge trading technology. An intuitive trading interface and a fully customisable layout allow clients to optimise our platform according to their trading strategies.

Some of the Group's other key innovations include:

  • Mobile technology: powerful tools for mobiles and smartphones, including the iPhone
  • Price improvement: a unique tool that offers clients the best price in volatile markets
  • Deal-through charts: advanced, real-time charts that let clients trade directly from the chart
  • PureDMA: the UK’s first browser-based direct market access (DMA) service
  • MTFs: we source multiple price feeds to ensure clients get the best prices 

Our commitment to outstanding trading technology that is as reliable as it is powerful sets us apart from our competitors and ensures IG Group's status as a true market leader.

IG Reviews

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  • Great company, go work there if you can.

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    Former Employee - Sales in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Sales in Portland, OR

    I worked at IG full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
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    Pros

    Great place to work, I would reccomend anyone and everyone work there. Do you like to have fun then this should be a blast for

    Cons

    Lots of hours but well worth every minute. Be advised to have some fun when working and working. There is plenty of opportunity to groe too.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

IG Interviews

Updated Mar 3, 2015

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    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency – interviewed at IG.

    Interview

    The first step included an initial technical telephone interview with one of the senior developers. This was focused on the developers understanding of a particular programming language relevant to the role.

    The second stage involved a face to face interview with the technical manager and scrum master as well as a pair programming excercise with one of the senior developers. I was not expecting the pair programming excercise and this was not noted in the interview process by the recruiter.

    The last round of interviews included another technical interview however this was more focused on general project questions. The final interview was a 1 to 1 with HR. The HR interview involved general questions about experience and personality and she went through general benefits and culture of the workplace. A few questions were asked that I don't believe she should had been asked like what salary I'm currently on and what companies I am interviewing with. HR was also particularly difficult regarding salary and tried to find the lowest number that I would accept rather than making an educated offer based on my experience and skill set.

    A total of 7 people interviewed me which in my opinion was too much. The second and third stage interview should had been combined into one as they more or less asked the same questions and often ended up repeating myself. Overall everyone was friendly which made the process easier however I believe the interview process could had been streamlined as I had to repeat myself on three separete occasions regarding my past experience, knowledge of the company and my skill set.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe how you would build a profit loss table that updates based on price ticks.   Answer Question

IG Awards & Accolades

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Best Trade Execution House in United Kingdom, Global Brands Magazine, 2013
Top Employers United Kingdom Certification, Top Employers Institute, 2015

Additional Info

Website www.iggroup.com
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1974
Type Company - Public (IGG)
Industry Finance
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Competitors Cantor Index, City Index, FXCM

IG Group Holdings lets you take a gamble on the stock market. The firm's IG Index spread-betting operation allows investors to speculate on share prices, currencies, and interest rates. Spread betting is an alternative to conventional dealing in shares, futures, and currencies. Other offerings include binary betting, contracts for difference (CFD), and foreign exchange trading. In the US, it offers retail exchange options through its Nadex platform. The company mostly appeals to retail clients but also counts market professionals and corporations among its customers. IG... More

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