Finance Director Salary Guide

Finance Director Salary Guide

What does an FD earn?  What is a typical FD salary?  These are popular questions, becoming qualified is a barrier to entry into the Accountancy profession so the forces of supply and demand ensure that FD’s and CFO’s are amongst the best paid professionals and command the highest salary.

Location specific Finance Director Salary Guide

Salaries vary by region and by the size of business.  Here is our guide which is based on a survey we undertook in 2019.

Location                                                   SME                                     Medium                                      Large

London                                    £90K-£120K                 £95K – £150K                    £210K – £300K

Midlands                                 £75K – £90K                 £90K – £120K                    £150K – £250K

There are a number of factors in determining the salary range, location and the size of the business concerned are the most important followed by experience and skill sets, having a particular expertise such E-Commerce of Turnaround expertise makes a big difference.

To get an understanding of the areas FD Capital covers please review the following pages to see the disciplines currently on offer:-

  • Part Time FD’s – This is our main focus covering the London and West Midlands areas.
  • Portfolio FD’s – Part Time FD’s who work for multiple businesses.
  • Private Equity FD’s – Finance Directors with experience of working with Private Equity Houses and Venture Capitalists.
  • Interim FD’s – Finance Directors needed for short periods.
  • Turnaround FD’s – Finance Directors with particular experience of distressed situations and turnarounds.
  • E-Commerce FD – Finance Directors with expertise with E-Commerce website and Search marketing.
  • Non-Executive FD – Non Executives or NED’s with finance expertise for boards.

Someone with the right mix of E-Commerce and Private Equity fund raising experience can expect to command a premium salary.

Here at FD Capital we are a niche Part-time specialist recruitment service, and have a wide range of candidates mainly around the West Midlands and London areas though not exclusively.  Reach out to us today and let’s discuss your Portfolio or Part-time Finance Director requirements.  Dealing with a specialist Part- time and Portfolio FD recruitment business is our specialism.

We also offer full-time FD and CFO recruitment, whatever your senior financial recruitment needs, reach out to FD Capital today.

I am recruiting an FD what salary should I offer?

If you need help and guidance to attract the right calibre of candidate whilst keeping competitive with the market and your location, speak with our experience team of recruiters, we can help you gauge the right package to attract the skill set you need for your business.   Sometimes your circumstances means it is important to get a candidate with a proven track record, for example with turnaround or fund raising whilst other times a safe pair of hands is the best solution.   Whatever your circumstances FD Capital will find you the best candidates possible, and advise you on the appropriate salary to offer.


Salary in poundsWe see our relationship as being a long term partnership between our team of experienced finance directors and your business. Using FD Capital means you can attract the best without the costs of a full time commitment.  So you can offer a full salary but the cost to your business pro-rata is affordable.

Our objective is to offer far more in terms of service and experience than you will find by going elsewhere in the market.

Recruiting an FD?

If you are recruiting an FD or CFO we would love to hear from you, our team keep close to the market and can advise you on the most appropriate remuneration / salary package to attract the right calibre of individual for your business requirements.

We specialise in FD’s so if you are an SME, privately owned or PE backed or a plc we can help find the best match for you.

From time to time some of our roles move up from a few days a few to become full time, this happens as businesses grow or as is sometimes the case the senior management team realises the value a pro-active Finance Director can add to an organisation. Sometimes there are external reasons such as acquistions or that the business concerned has entered a more challenging phase in its development. Our team are Part-Time FD and Portfolio Professionals but we do have a database of excellent candidates interested in permanent / Full-Time roles.

Here’s what you get:

We offer a full range of Senior Finance Recruitment services using our Finance Director and Chief Financial Officer network. Here is what we offer :-

Part-Time FD’s and CFO’s gain access to experience at a fraction of the full-time cost.

Interim FD’s and CFO’s often available immediately.

Full-Time FD’s and CFO’s let us find the perfect candidate for your business.

Finance Director Recruitment is our specialism and what we do best.


Unlike many finance professionals many of our team members have been closely involved with ecommerce and are experienced at leading business to online success.  With so many business areas developing online having a deep and wide network of contacts in the online world is a distinct advantage.    If you are facing the challenges that the online world brings, then explore the options we can offer, that of a multi-skilled finance professional.

Reach out to us today and let us start a journey together and help your business reach its full potential with a Part Time or Portfolio FD on your team you can go further and get ahead and beyond your competitors.

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About FD Capital Recruitment

FD Capital are a niche senior finance recruitment network of Finance Directors and CFO’s working together with professional recruiters, we have been active in the senior financial professional recruitment niche since 2018 and are based in Great Portland Street, London.   Our work is split between Part-Time, Interim and Permanent roles, around 50% of our portfolio is currently part-time, though interim and perm roles are growing faster currently.

We are always looking for new opportunities for our team, so if you need a Finance Director or Chief Financial Officer for your business either on a Part-Time, Interim or Full-Time basis, make sure to reach out to FD Capital Recruitment today.

Since 2021 we now have team members in Oxford, Leeds and Bristol, so we can now more fully support those and their surrounding areas.

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