The UK jobs market is constantly evolving, with the growth of the gig economy, for example, higher numbers of people entering self-employment, and more staff taking short or fixed-term contracts.
The type of roles that companies are recruiting for is also changing, with the Indeed job site recently releasing the top ten most in-demand jobs for 2018. All pay more than £40,000 per annum and all were chosen by Indeed after they showed increased demand year-on-year for the past three years.
Some sectors have shown more growth than others, with significant increases in the recruitment of staff in the IT and tech industries, where the top job for 2018 was in specialist software design, recording an increase of over 600% in vacancies since 2014.
Bill Richards, Indeed’s UK managing director, stated that, while computing professionals have always been in demand, it is the specialist skills, such as machine learning engineers, that employers are now looking for – and they are happy to pay higher salaries to get the right people.
Human resources vacancies have also seen increases, specifically in newer roles such as people analytics managers (increasing over 483%) and senior talent acquisition managers (increasing over 190%). Richards commented that it was reassuring to see sectors such as HR still in strong demand, as well as time honoured roles such as family solicitors.
To get these jobs, or others on the list, you may need to consider retraining or, if you already work in the sector, updating your skills. This investment has the potential to pay dividends, however, as further demand is anticipated in coming years.
So, if you are looking for a change of career but aren’t sure what that career should be, you might want to consider one of the following (listed in order of highest salary first):
- Director of customer success: pays an average salary of £71,680 per annum, shows 132% growth.
- People analytics manager: pays an average salary of £58,988 per annum, shows 483% growth.
- Development operations engineer: pays an average salary of £56,259 per annum, shows 162% growth.
- Data Scientist: pays an average salary of £56,176 per annum, shows 229% growth.
- Machine Learning Engineer: pays an average salary of £54,929 per annum, shows 306% growth.
- Senior talent acquisition manager: pays an average salary of £54,482 per annum, shows 194% growth.
- Computer vision engineer: pays an average salary of £48,754 per annum, shows 171% growth.
- Full stack developer: pays an average salary of £46.542 per annum, shows 607% growth.
- Family solicitor: pays an average salary of £40,273 per annum, shows 128% growth.
- Partnerships and innovation manager: pays an average salary of £40,263 per annum, shows 173% growth.
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