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Highest-paying jobs in the UK
Which professions pay the most and what is the most commonly searched job?
Some of us can’t wait to head to work every morning, while others count down the days to the weekend. Whatever category you fall into, it is likely that you’re in the majority of Brits who need to work in order to support themselves and save money.
There is a huge variety of jobs available out there and a big difference in the salary each offers as well. We’ve looked into the UK’s most popular jobs, the professions that pay you the most and those that pay the least.
- The average salary in the UK is £29,588 per year.
- The most common job in the world is a retail sales assistant.
- CEOs earn the most in the UK making an average salary of £97,083, while bar staff earn the least, on average £15,072 per year.
- Just under a quarter (23%) of the UK’s workforce are members of a trade union, compared to 32.4% 25 years ago.
Highest-paid jobs in the UK
The highest average UK salary is enjoyed by CEOs. Their average salary of £97,083 is a staggering 228% above the UK’s average. Doctors take second spot, pocketing £75,855 for their hard work.
|Title||Income per year|
|CEOs and senior officials||£97,083|
|Marketing and sales directors||£75,126|
|Information technology telecommunications directors||£72,109|
|Legal professionals n.e.c.||£69,992|
|Financial managers and directors||£67,593|
|Advertising and public relations directors||£65,074|
|Senior police officers||£59,634|
|Functional managers and directors n.e.c.||£57,098|
|Train and tram drivers||£53,403|
Lowest-paid jobs in the UK
Many of the roles in the list of lowest-paid jobs in the UK are in hospitality and they’re often carried out on a flexible, part-time basis. The lowest average wage (if working full-time) belongs to the bar staff who earn £15,072 – 49% less than the national average. However, they also receive tips as part of their income, which isn’t reflected in the salary.
- Kitchen catering assistants, £15,705
- Launderers, dry cleaners and pressers, £15,614
- Hairdressers and barbers, £15,610
- Waiters and waitresses, £15,454
- Bar staff, £15,072
Which region earns the most?
Across the UK the average median salary is just shy of £30,000, standing at £29,588. This works out as £569 per week.
As you might expect, Londoners take home significantly more than this and earn the most of all the regions. The average salary there is £37,086, which is 20% above the UK average.
The only other average regional salary that breaks the £30k mark is the South East, where residents earn an average of £30,638.
The lowest average salary can be found in the North East, where they take home £26,354. This is around 12% lower than the UK average.
Most popular jobs in the UK and what they earn
You may have dreamed of being an astronaut or rockstar as a kid, but if you’re anything like the general population, you’ve probably searched for one of the following jobs recently. These are the 10 most popular job searches, which reflects the online skills of the UK’s workforce now. A data scientist would take home the most money from the jobs on the list, with an average salary of £46,665. The lowest salary from this list of popular jobs is for a graphic designer, who only gets compensated with £25,543 per year for their skills.
|Title||Average base salary|
Profit per employee
As we all know, the workplace must bring in some cash to stay afloat. If you’re looking to start your own company, it might be worth thinking about what industry is the most profitable today in the UK.
During 2019, Real Estate Investment Trusts was the industry that made the most profit out of each employee, no less than £686,003. Oil & Gas Producers can also count on making a few pounds on everyone they hire, as the industry makes a profit of £462,199 per person in the office. On the other end of the spectrum, Industrial Transportation is the least profitable industry on the list, making £3,509 per employee, 165 times less than the Real Estate Investment Trusts industry.
Which union you can join
Trade unions are very popular in certain industries and aim to look after the employees who join them. However, the numbers of people in trade unions has been steadily declining over the last few decades.
In 2018, just under a quarter (23.4%) of Brits reported being a member of a trade union in the UK. This is the lowest proportion of union participation recorded during the last 25 years. In 1995, 32.4% of Brits were in a union and 10 years ago (2010) 26.6% of UK workers were part of the trade union movement.
If you want to join a union, there are still many to choose from in the UK, covering a variety of professions. Search the list below to see which union covers the sector you work in.
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