Starting your career at Hastings Direct

Supporting, enriching and growing careers is important to us at Hastings – we’re proud to offer great graduate and apprenticeship schemes which support career development and real progression.

Whether you are a school leaver, student or graduate - we have a number of opportunities that will provide you with structured learning and personal development to take that first step in your career.


Our early careers opportunities

HR Graduate Scheme

Our Human Resources (HR) Graduate Scheme is designed for graduates to work alongside our HR colleagues whilst they partner with the business to help deliver our corporate strategy and objectives. Hastings’ HR team have a huge variety of roles, from numerical and data-driven roles in Rewards to law specialists in Advisory and training experts in Learning & Development. You’ll be exposed to our highly experienced, collaborative and forward thinking team who support the business to create a working environment where colleagues can perform at their best.

We are no longer accepting applications for our 2020 intake.

Finance Graduate Scheme

Finance Graduate Scheme

This three-year scheme based in Bexhill gives you an excellent chance to experience working in four different finance teams, as well as all the support you need to gain an ACCA qualification. You’ll be exposed to the full range of finance operations, including Financial Accounts, Financial Reporting, Shared Services, Management Reporting & Planning and Tax. By the end of the programme, we aim to equip you with the skills, tools and experience to specialise in one of the 4 areas you have worked in.

We are currently accepting applications for this scheme – please apply as soon as possible!

IT Graduate Scheme

Our IT Graduate Scheme is designed to give graduates the exposure to our proactive, strategic, business-focused and highly specialised IT Delivery teams. During the scheme you’ll experience a wide range of different platforms, syntax and technologies; be taught by real experts in a highly collaborative, agile and supportive environment.

We are no longer accepting applications for our 2020 intake.

Data Analytics Graduate Scheme

Our Data Analytics Graduate Scheme based in Bexhill and London is designed specifically to give you real experience in our cutting-edge analytical teams including Data Engineering, Underwriting Decision Science, Retail Pricing and Retail Data Science.

Over the two years in this rotational scheme, you will take on placements in Data Engineering, Underwriting Decision Science, Retail Pricing and Retail Data Science. Each placement is designed to be hands-on. You will work on projects that make a real difference to our business. Your projects will involve machine learning, data science, data engineering, optimisation and artificial intelligence.

Our scheme is designed for you if you are passionate about data, have a hunger to learn and a drive to expand your range of analytical skills. A senior analytical leader will be your mentor along with a placement coach who will be your go-to advisor whilst you are learning on the job.

We are not rcurrently recruiting for this programme. However, take a look at our other data vacancies as these may be suited to your skill-set.



Hastings is able to offer a wide range of apprenticeships to colleagues across our sites and within a range of departments. We are able to provide training, development and often a professional qualification ‘on the job’ and are suitable for a wide range of people with different levels of experience and expertise.

Work Experience

If you’re aged 14 – 19, this is your chance to step inside the world of Hastings Direct.

Each year, we run week long programmes at our Bexhill Head Office to give students the opportunity to see behind the scenes of a successful business. It’s a nurturing and exciting environment where you can gain experience that can give you a real competitive edge in the employment marketplace.

Rewards and benefits

When you join us, you’ll be making a real contribution to our success. And we believe you deserve to share in that success, so we’ve developed an attractive, competitive and flexible salary and benefits package that recognises and rewards your part in our growth. This includes:

Core benefits

  • Annual leave
  • Annual 4Cs bonus
  • Pension
  • Health Cash Plan
  • Digital GP
  • Colleague Assistance Programme
  • Income protection
  • Life cover (four times your salary)

Voluntary benefits

  • Buy and sell holiday
  • Dental Insurance
  • Childcare vouchers
  • 'Cycle to work' scheme
  • Discounts and cashback with many retailers
  • Eye care
  • Hastings Direct product discounts
  • Hastings Share Incentive Plan (SIP)
  • Health Assessment
  • Healthcare - cash plan
  • Healthcare - skin check

Meet some of the people who started their careers with us

Angela Yip
Pricing Graduate

As a Senior Pricing Analyst, my day is often varied and can involve extracting and analysing data to drive insights, building statistical models for prediction and eventually proposing changes that make a difference. I find it’s really exciting when you can track your ideas making real impact.
There are many fantastic things I’ve found since I’ve been at Hastings, my highlights are the exposure I’ve had with senior stakeholders, the work I’ve been involved in and how much I’ve learnt. The culture here is fast paced but people are extremely helpful as well as fun and enthusiastic and hard work is really recognised and rewarded.

Keshni Shah
Assistant Accountant Graduate

I started the graduate scheme in 2016 and I’m now on my final placement. I have worked in different departments through my scheme rotations including Tax, Financial Planning and Analysis and Financial Reporting. I am currently in a Projects role where I am working directly with senior leaders in the company, developing my leadership skills and gaining an understanding of the wider business.
The scheme allows graduates the opportunity to obtain a wide range of knowledge, skills and experience through each of the rotations. I’ve found each of my rotations have been tailored to my own strengths and development areas.
There is great study support for my company funded ACCA qualification which I am now close to finishing and I’ve also had the opportunity to be involved with the recruitment of new graduates.

Thomas Allen
Graduate Assistant Accountant

I started on the Finance Graduate Scheme, which included rotations around the department and exposure to each team. Now, as the company grows, I have a large amount of variety in my role and a great deal of involvement in company projects, which keeps me engaged. The culture makes Hastings Direct a great place to work; it’s not too formal and has a relaxed atmosphere. A lot of the teams at Bexhill-on-Sea are integrated at all levels, which helps with effective communication. I also really enjoy the location on the south coast with sea views from our building.

Rebecca Seal
Finance Graduate

It was the opportunity to gain a variety of exposure to different areas of finance that attracted me to the programme. I’ve contributed to some major projects, such as helping to produce the group’s annual report. I was also proud to be part of the team to deliver the IPO, which was a huge achievement for the company. With the study support I received, I’ve also passed my ACCA and become a qualified accountant. So now I’m looking forward to my new role as a Management Reporting and Planning Accountant here and to continue developing myself and progress my career.

Where you can start your career

Not every one of our roles are available in all our Hastings Direct offices. Here are where you can find the entry level opportunities you are interested in.