If you've got an ear for languages, a knack for coding or a steady hand with a scalpel and don’t faint at the sight of blood then your career looks rewarding and stable – translator, web developer and surgeon have been named as the three best jobs in the UK.
Job search engine Adzuna analysed more than 2,000 job titles to identify these three as the most highly rated positions,thanks to a combination of factors including their high levels of job security, pay and income growth potential.
But at the other end of the scale, miner, courier and builder’s labourer are the bottom-rated roles because of their high-pressure deadlines, long hours and low salaries.
Intriguingly, pilot was rated the sixth-best job overall but the responsibility that comes with taking the passengers’ lives in your hands every time you take the controls meant it was the third most stressful job.
Adzuna used deadlines, competitiveness and physical and emotional risk to rate the most pressurised jobs, giving additional weight to levels of actual physical danger. Taking the heaviest toll on the nerves are working as an oil rigger, doctor, pilot, journalist and fireman.
For those looking for a position less likely to send the heart racing, the research recommends finding employment as a receptionist, librarian, translator, secretary or charity worker.
Key to research by Adzuna – whose data help power the “No 10 Dashboard” designed to give the Prime Minister and Whitehall officials an at-a-glance overview of what’s happening in government and the country – was the insight it offers on the future of work, identifying the areas that are the most promising for those looking for a long and rewarding working life.
Flora Lowther, head of research at the job search engine, said: “Listing every available vacancy in the UK and studying the behaviour of millions of monthly job seekers, gives us a unique insight into employee satisfaction levels and perceptions in today’s job market. Job seekers should be taking note of this research when thinking about their next career move.”
Not surprisingly in our increasingly wired world, web developer comes out on top as the most promising job after considering factors including promotion potential, income growth and job security. The career also benefits from a lack of competition, employer demand, rising wages and excellent working environments pushing it to the top of the pile. The job also boasts an average salary of £34,600 and there are 21,099 openings listed online in the UK.
Roles in IT and engineering are perceived by workers to offer the best prospects as average wages have grown 3.2pc since January and the number of jobs advertised in the sectors increased 23pc over the same period.
Ms Lowther added: “The tech market now outperforms other sectors such as finance and engineering in terms of job availability. There are now 200 established tech companies in London’s Tech City, with further entrepreneurial pockets emerging in Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Cardiff.”
The domestic technology industry is worth £34bn and comprised of around 3,200 companies. London’s tech hub has created an IT “buzz” in the UK and an appetite for talent, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
Brian Henderson, tech partner at PwC, said: “What frustrates growth is a lack of talent. Big companies are absorbing the skilled workers, pushing up salary costs for start-ups. We have programming and tech talent with international experience but not on a big enough scale.”
Techniques needed by the sector include social media, search engine optimisation, pay per click and affiliate marketing, meaning graduates and job seekers may already have relevant existing skills but do not realise it.
But at the other end of the spectrum, Adzuna’s research found that the growth of technology had a negative impact on more traditional roles.
Ms Lowther said: “Technological advances and cuts at big firms such as Thomas Cook and the Royal Mail have affected the UK job market. Jobs like travel agents, postmen, supermarket cashier and factory workers are becoming increasingly redundant in today’s employment market.”