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10 UK Roles That Are Growing in Demand

Posted on January 2024 By iO Associates

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The beginning of a new year always arrives brimming with the potential of a fresh start. Maybe you’re searching for a new job to fill you with pride and passion, or perhaps you’re looking for job roles to fill as part of your current career. Whatever your motive, below are 10 of the current most popular jobs circulating the market today.
It is important to note that alongside these job titles, there is huge learning and earning potential in close surrounding roles too. If you’re considering a job in any of the public, private, health, education, corporate, or built environment sectors please don’t hesitate to get in touch or browse our range of roles here.

1. Graphic Designer

First on our list of highest-growing jobs this year are graphic designers. Graphic designer positions are filled by those with huge creative flair, both on paper and through computer design. Graphic designers are needed for a multitude of important jobs including advertising new products, creating posters for events, and designing logos or company assets. These jobs are not only in high demand, but they are well-paid –– especially in major metropolitan areas like London, Glasgow, Belfast, and Edinburgh.

Most common skills include: design skills and knowledge, thorough attention to detail, knowledge of media production and communication, knowledge of computer software systems, and innovation.

Average salary per annum: £29,000

2. Underwriting Analyst

Next up are sales underwriting analysts. Underwriting analysts evaluate individuals and businesses to determine the risk level they pose to lenders and insurers. Underwriting analysts operate mostly in the insurance and real estate sectors.

Most common skills include: mathematics, customer service skills, and analytical thinking.

Average salary per annum: £34,000

3. Sales Development Representative

Those who operate under this title focus on finding new business leads through research, prospecting, and outreach and before passing them to their colleagues to close the deal. Sales Development Reps operate mostly in sectors such as technology, information, internet, IT services, IT consulting, and business consulting.

Most common skills include: lead generation, cold calling, software as a service (SaaS).

Average salary per annum: £40,000

4. Energy Engineers

Energy engineers use research, design, and construction to implement green solutions and improve energy consumption and use at a company. You need to have a degree in engineering or a relevant scientific subject to excel in this field of work. These include earth sciences, electrical, mechanical or chemical engineering. industries of work include engineering services, business consulting and services, design services.

Most common skills include: mathematical skills, a strong understanding of innovation, initiative.

Average salary per annum: £41,000

5. Product Marketing Specialist

Product marketing specialists are responsible for the marketing activity around product launches, for instance, creating product marketing plans, press releases, infographics, videos, and social media content. It is a highly creative job that is also incredibly dynamic. This job is on the rise in sectors such as technology, information and internet, it services and it consulting, and advertising services.

Most common skills include: go-to-market strategy, product launch, B2B marketing, creative initiative, SEO training.

Average salary per annum: £49,000

6. Sustainability Managers

Sustainability managers oversee environmental and sustainability strategies for a company or organisation. They ensure to analyse, assess, and report on environmental impact across the company to help achieve higher eco-conscientiousness. Sustainability managers operate mostly in sectors for business consulting, technology, and real estate.

Most common skills include: carbon footprint analysis, corporate sustainability, and lifecycle assessment.

Average salary per annum: £52,000

7. Data Scientist

Using machine learning technologies to organise information for start-ups and other firms, a Data Scientist is a key player in for any company. A Data Scientist collects and examines information, analysing it to make sense of it all. Other tasks include examining the correct data sets or variables, collecting large data sets, and looking at patterns and trends. Data scientists work mainly in the corporate world in sectors such as finance, consulting, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, government and education.

Most common skills include: Statistical knowledge, creating dashboards and reports, writing and communication, and domain knowledge.

Average salary per annum: £53,000

8. Dentist

There is a high demand for dentists in UK. Dentistry is a tough profession to fulfil and like many specialist fields, a dentist must first become a doctor before moving into the study of dentistry. Despite the intensive education course and the pressure of handling people medically, the salary is usually higher than other less stressful careers.

Most common skills include: knowledge of medicine and dentistry, excellent verbal communication skills, thorough attention to detail, and physical dexterity.

Average salary per annum: £53,000

 9. Cyber Security Manager

The role of cyber security managers is also on the rise. They identify potential security risks in products and services and are responsible for security compliance and monitoring within a company. Cyber security managers have an adaptable role and can work in many different sectors but mainly populate it services, IT consulting, transportation equipment manufacturing, technology, information, and internet areas.

Most common skills include: information security, ISO 27001, and vulnerability management.

Average salary per annum: £68,000

10. Pilot

Pilots are some of the most in-demand positions in the country and beyond powered by a high pilot shortage which is creating long and short effects across the world. As a major tourist destination, the United Kingdom is home to some of the busiest airports in Europe –– including Gatwick and Heathrow. Commercial airline pilots who fly to international destinations are typically paid more than continental or local-haul pilots, but the training required for all flights is the same. Although an intensive job the rewards are worth the hard work and training.

Most common skills include: an understanding of maths and physics, an ability to understand technical information, as pilots need to know how their aircraft works, excellent spatial awareness and coordination, and strong teamwork skills.

Average salary per annum: £72,000

The 10 roles highlighted above not only reflect the current demands but also offer a glimpse into the diverse career landscape. Whether you're driven by sustainability, technology, finance, or healthcare, there's sure to be a role tailored to your skills and aspirations. Ready to take the next step in your career journey? Explore our wide range of roles here, and contact us today to find out more.

Information sourced from Glassdoor, check out our profile here.