Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Thinking of switching careers? The highest-paid jobs of 2016 have been revealed…

creative office working-stylist.co.uk.jpg

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).

Read more: These are the countries with the world's happiest workers

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.”

Read more: The jobs that are most often linked with depression

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.

Find out how you and your company can help support Stylist's #EqualPayDay initiative here.

You can read the full ONS report here.

Images: iStock


women writers.jpg

The 10 creepiest jobs and careers in the world, according to science

eating out.jpg

Dining out for a living? Sounds like the best job ever


How you and your company can support Stylist's #EqualPayDay initiative


These are the best careers websites to find the job of your dreams

Is a change on the cards for you?

by Megan Murray
25 Sep 2017

This unexpected town has been voted the best place to work in the UK

We didn’t see this one coming

by Moya Crockett
22 Sep 2017

How to use Instagram to boost your career (and land your dream job)

It’s time to make your Instagram account work as hard as you do…

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Sep 2017

Harry Potter fans can now apply to work in the real life Hogwarts

Calling all Potterheads

18 Sep 2017

These are the eight words you should avoid when writing your CV

Are you guilty of falling back on these overused phrases?

by Megan Murray
14 Sep 2017

These are the world’s best countries to live and work abroad

And surprisingly, no Scandinavian countries appear on the list

by Moya Crockett
07 Sep 2017

Why your boss needs to start taking your migraines seriously

According to the experts

by Sarah Biddlecombe
06 Sep 2017

Prioritise these relationships on LinkedIn if you want a job offer

Not all LinkedIn connections are created equal, according to new research

by Moya Crockett
06 Sep 2017

New back-to-work scheme targets gaping gender pay gap

One small step in helping mums return to work - but is it enough?

by Anna Brech
28 Aug 2017

This nannying job comes with seriously mind-blowing perks

But even Mary Poppins might struggle with these requirements

by Moya Crockett
25 Aug 2017