How to get a job in banking or finance: LSE, Oxbridge and Cass - these are the universities most finance workers attended

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Finance may be one of the UK's biggest employers - but getting a job in the sector isn't always a straightforward process.

But new data from LinkedIn, seen exclusively by City A.M., shows some universities crop up more often than others on finance sector workers' profiles - suggesting if you want to get into the industry, they might be the best ones to go to.

London School of Economics is the most popular for those in the sector, followed by Oxford and Cambridge.

The research also suggests an MBA is helpful when it comes to getting into finance, with both Cass Business School and London Business School appearing among the top institutions.

1. London School of Economics
2. Oxford
3. Cambridge
4. Cass Business School
5. Imperial College
6. UCL
7. London Business School
8. University of Manchester
9. University of Bristol

It's hardly surprising: figures last month showed London Business School is the university which produces the most chief executive-level leaders.

The figures, by salary benchmarking site Emolument, also showed the likes of Strathclyde, Leeds Metropolitan and Leicester were also among the universities creating the UK's future business leaders - but it was those who went to Oxford and Cambridge whose graduates were most likely to earn over £500,000.

Meanwhile, last week British universities came out on top of a ranking of Europe's best universities. British institutions made up a quarter of the Times Higher Education's 200-strong list, with Imperial College, UCL, London School of Economics, King's College and Edinburgh all making the top 10.

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