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Have you got one of the best-paid jobs in the UK?

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) have released their Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings for 2016 – and it’s certainly a report that gives us food for thought.

Based on data from a random sample of 1% of all the workers who carry out each occupation, they pulled out the 10 jobs with the highest salaries – although they did not include self-employed workers, celebrities, and people in niche professions (such as footballers and TV presenters).

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With the UK’s average salary at £34,414, it may come as something of a shock to see that some UK employees are taking away more than £80,000 at the end of each working year.

Chief executives and senior officials snaffled the top spot, while aircraft and pilot engineers came in second.

The best-paid jobs in the UK are:

  1. Chief executives and senior officials (£82,285)
  2. Aircraft pilots and flight engineers (£84,968)
  3. Air traffic controllers (£80,043)
  4. Transport associate professionals (£75,524)
  5. Marketing and sales directors (£70,787)
  6. Legal professionals (£69,092)
  7. Information technology and telecommunication directors (£68,520)
  8. Brokers (£67,740)
  9. Senior police officers (£62,706)
  10. Financial managers and directors (£61,796)

For those looking to maximise their earnings whilst maintaining a good work-life balance, however, these may not be the best options.

Chief executives and senior officials are the best-paid in the UK

Chief executives and senior officials are the best-paid in the UK

Instead, you may wish to consider the best-paid part-time jobs of 2016 – and make more time for the things you love to do.

The best-paid part-time jobs (according to Glassdoor) are:

  1. Lecturer (£36,513)
  2. Business analyst (£28,800)
  3. Research assistant (£21,370)
  4. Teaching assistant (£20,300)
  5. Warehouse worker (£16,800)
  6. Tutor (£16,500)
  7. Brand ambassador (£15,020)
  8. Beauty consultant (£15,000)
  9. Office assistant (£14,560)
  10. Front desk manager (£14,520)

Considering the average annual wage for part-time workers is £11,503, that’s pretty good going.

Offering an explanation, Glassdoor’s Diarmuid Russell told The Independent: “Lecturers are often successful business people or entrepreneurs in their own right, brought in for specific experience in the world of business, politics and the arts.

“While not everyone has a track record in the private sector, there are opportunities to be had in the academic world for people with the right skills and background.”

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However, while the report may spell good news for lecturers, chief executives, and senior officials, it unveiled worrying new statistics about the gender pay gap.

Frances O’Grady – secretary for the Trade Union Centre (TUC) - told The Guardian that the average gender pay gap is closing at a “snail’s pace”.

She said: “We need a labour market that works better for women. This means helping mums get back into well-paid jobs after they have kids. And encouraging dads to take on more caring responsibilities.

“The government should also scrap tribunal fees, which stop women getting justice from bad employers who have discriminated against them.”

Annual earnings for men working full-time rose by 1.9%, and 2.2% for women – but full-time male employees are still, on average, earning 9.% more than their female colleagues.

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You can read the full ONS report here.

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