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The Best Paying Jobs of 2016 Have Been Revealed


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An uncertain job market would be enough to discourage anyone from making a career move, but despite Brexit and continued belt-tightening as a result of the recession, there are still plenty of areas where opportunities are rife. 

If you're thinking of looking for a new job in 2017 but you're not quite sure which direction you want to take, try having a look back at the 2016 job market. You'll get some idea of which professions are taking off and which have seen better days. And if you need some more advice on where to apply your skills, get in touch with Benchmark's recruitment experts who can help keep you on course. 

With improving technology and the ever-present pressure to reduce costs, job sectors such as manufacturing and administration have seen a decline over the last few years as computers and machinery take the strain. On the other hand, an increasing population, has resulted in a rise in education and health posts - hey, we'll always need teachers and doctors! 

There are plenty of emerging roles too, as new roles are created to deal with our 24-hour, information greedy lifestyles. So, exactly where were the biggest growth sectors for the UK in 2016? Let's take a look at the professions that are going from strength to strenght and offering the highest salaries. 

All About The Money

Money isn’t everything but it’s high on the list of most job hunter’s priorities. We’ve gathered together a list of some of the highest paying roles in the UK during 2016. Some require specialist training, others will need particular experience, and the rest rely on pure hard work.

  • Managing Director or CEO: average salary of £123,577

The likes of Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Richard Branson who possess no higher level qualifications, prove that this is a career that you can aim for, whatever your education history. You’ll need great ideas, strong people skills and probably some sort of track record in a similar position.

With independent businesses giving the big conglomerates a run for their money in all industries, the right experience and outlook could see you earning in excess of £100k each year.

This is another role that requires no formal qualifications, although aCIM or ISM certificate or diploma will come in handy. It’s experience that counts here and an adept sales or marketing director could secure a salary in the region of £90k.

Increased competition in the Public Sector and amongst charities means that sales and marketing plans are now just as relevant in these industries as they are to private businesses.

  • Aircraft Pilot: average salary of £86,915

The good news is that depending on the type of aircraft you fly, there’s a potential here to earn nearly £90,000 a year. The bad news is that it’s going to take you 2 years to train as a commercial pilot, costing you in the region of £100,000 and also requiring you to pass a strict medical test.

The demand for all airline staff is increasing thanks to new airports being built, existing ones expanding and air travel generally becoming increasingly more accessible to all. Once qualified, however be prepared to work your way up and complete bi-annual testing to ensure that you are up to date with current procedures.

  • Medical Practitioners: average salary of £78,386

We’ve already mentioned that the world will always need doctors – GPs to brain surgeons, they’re all in increasing demand as the population grows and we live longer. Medical advancements also mean that there are more drugs to be prescribed and therapies to be administered.

Pick the right specialism and you could be earning around £80k a year which might go some way to paying off your student loans from that obligatory 5 year degree course!

  • Telecommunications or IT Directors: average salary of £78,071

Technology is constantly evolving, meaning that there is usually a gap or two, at least, in every organisation. If you’re prepared to step up to the plate (or keyboard) and apply your engineering, computer science or programming qualifications to the right position, you could be earning just shy of £80,000.

While you’ll also need a logical mind and an ability to keep abreast of new software, gadgets, protocols and devices, your skills could be applied to pretty much any industry.

Get The Balance Right

What’s the point in earning the big bucks if you don’t get time to spend them? Increasingly, job seekers are looking for a role with a better work-life balance, making part-time, flexible or freelance working very attractive options.

Employers are also noticing the benefits of happy team members who have a little autonomy over their working hours, with many bosses who allow flexibility reporting increased profits and productivity.

Although more irregular working patterns can provide a challenge for HR departments, the ability to dictate working hours (even to a small degree) can make a role more attractive to candidates with the right credentials, creating greater job satisfaction in the long run.

If you’re looking to make a career move in the coming year, register with Benchmark Recruit today. We’re waiting to match you with your ideal role in Commercial, Creative & Digital, Legal, Financial, IT and Sales to make 2017 the perfect year for you.