Starting your career at Hastings Direct

If you’re looking for a career that offers real responsibility and development in an organisation where your ideas and opinions will be listened to, Hastings Direct is the place for you. Our rapid growth has created a vibrant culture where people are trusted to act on their own initiative and encouraged and supported to develop to their full potential.

Bring us an open mind, a real desire to learn and develop, and the drive to succeed, and we’ll offer you a wide range of opportunities to influence the future of our business and make a difference to customers and the communities where we operate.

Our early careers opportunities



We offer a number of

apprenticeships that are available to anyone - whether you’re looking for your

first job or just a career change. Offering a combination of training and paid

real work, they’re a great way to build your experience and gain a qualification.

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.

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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.

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IT Graduate Scheme

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

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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.

Dan Chapman
Claims Graduate

I joined Hastings Direct in 2014 soon after finishing my law degree and started on the Claims graduate scheme.
The main highlight of working at Hastings for me, is all the fantastic people I’ve met. Through the work I’ve been involved in, it has enabled me to work with many different colleagues across the business. In 2016 I moved into the Digital and Marketing department as Customer Relationship Management Executive and have an exciting role in the continuous improvement and delivery of our customer communications.

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.

Nicola Kettyles
Claims Graduate

The graduate programme opened many doors to meet new people, and helped me to recognise the direction I wanted to take my career in. It gave me the chance to work on projects that not only played to my strengths but that also fitted into my career pathway. I learnt a lot of things, from technical skills to always being prepared to get involved, be ready to learn new things and be open minded about the roles you want to do. But the main highlight was just how supportive and approachable everyone was. I can honestly say that everyone I met was friendly and helpful.

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

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The shifts in customer service teams are quite colleague friendly. There is free tea and coffee in the call centre, and a subsidised Costa Coffee and canteen. There are lots of incentives to earn more, and a decent social life.

It has a really positive environment with everyone who works there being very helpful. The managers really do go out of their way to assist you. There are a lot of benefits and rewards at Hastings Direct which if you are doing well are quite easy to achieve.

There is a well-rounded approach to the wellbeing of all colleagues, including an inclusive approach to wellbeing activities. Hastings Direct aims to roundly develop colleagues and set them up for future careers within the company.

There is a wonderful work environment, with a strong sense of team work which purveys throughout the business. And there is a sense of friendly competition which works to heighten this.


As an employer, Hastings Direct offers a lot of company benefits to all employees which are fantastic and I feel this is quite unique. The company culture is inclusive and encourages everyone to participate in local causes.

All employees are well looked after, respected and recognised for the hard work we do for the company. It is a great experience to be working with such amazing team. It much easier for me to balance my work and personal life.

It’s a great place to work with amazing benefits, support and colleagues. Lots of hands on support. Amazing rewards for achieving targets and also plenty of time to get together as a team outside of work and bond with your colleagues.

The company culture, management structure and general atmosphere is really good. The share scheme and Hastings Direct rewards are also fantastic for staff.