In previous years it was impossible to get a pension or investment review contract without substantial experience. These days, all you need is to be level 4 qualified then it’s down to you to pass the assessment / interview. Why? Simple supply and demand dictates this. There are currently projects running in Manchester, Newcastle, Liverpool, Bristol, Normanton and Glasgow for many of the major banks. They all have the same mandatory requirement for their reviewers to be level 4 qualified, which leaves a significant shortfall in available candidates.
With some focused dedication you could be level 4 qualified within 9 months or at least part way qualified, which is sometimes enough to get through the application stage. These projects are only at the initial stages and there are years of work ahead that can provide you with a substantial amount of earnings for very little initial cost.