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Commodity Broker

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Most occupations in this zone require job specific training (vocational training) related to the occupation (NFQ Levels 5 and 6 or higher), related on-the-job experience, or a relevant professional award.

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Occupational Category

Brokers & Insurance Underwriters

Also included in this category:

Stockbrokers; foreign exchange dealers; insurance brokers; underwriters; insurance inspectors; mortgage underwriters

Number Employed:

4,300

Part time workers: 15%
Aged over 55: 20%
Male / Female: 60 / 40%
Non-Nationals: 11%
With Third Level: 84%
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At a Glance... header image

Commodity brokers buy and sell physical commodities (crude oil, grain, metals, coffee, sugar) on a commission basis on behalf of private and commercial clients.


The Work header image

A Commodity Broker must typically keep a keen eye on the market in relation to product and investment pricing, trends and demand. Some traders receive purchase and selling instructions, meeting with other commodity traders to negotiate transactions.

Others may take client orders over the phone, performing deals via computer to a firm's trading department or directly on the floor of a stock exchange. Additionally, traders provide financial advice, often meeting with clients to plan, review or update an investment portfolio. 

Work activities also include:

  • Interpreting market reports
  • Trading on behalf of clients
  • Liaising with transport, shipping and insurance companies
  • Devising hedging strategies
  • Visiting international suppliers
  • Negotiating price, specification and delivery details
  • Investigating new business openings
Employers of commodity brokers include investment banks, commodity brokers, financial clearing houses and exchanges. 


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Commondity Brokers need to be self motivated and determined workers. Having a competitve nature is also advantageous for this role. 

Excellant numeracy skills and an ability to negotiate are also essential. Good organisational skills are crucial in order to react to market movements and respond to client needs efficiently.


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