The Best Paid Jobs in 2014

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The UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) recently published the preliminary results of their Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings for 2014.

For the year ending in April 2014, the annual average wage for full-time employees was £27,200, an increase of 0.7% from the previous year.

The report also contained good news for working women. In 2014, the UK gender pay gap hit its lowest since records began in 1997, narrowing to 9.4%, down from 10% in 2013.

To check out this year’s top earners, see the list below:

1. Aircraft pilots and flight engineers: £90,420

2. Chief executives and senior officials: £81,521

3. Air traffic controllers: £79,874

4. Medical practitioners: £71,141

5. Marketing and sales directors: £70,742

6. Information technology and telecommunications directors: £64,511

7. Financial managers and directors: £61,108

8. Senior police officers: £57,896

9. Financial institution managers and directors: £53,621

10. Senior professionals of educational establishments: £50,367

Read more: http://uk.businessinsider.com/the-best-paid-jobs-in-the-uk-2014-2014-12#ixzz3ML2K8tXz

Jobs That Make You Happy, Pay Well and Are Currently Available On Strike Jobs

Back in March, a survey revealed the happiest jobs in the UK, with members of the clergy coming out on top. But if you’d rather serve the great god of money, there is still good news because chief executives, earning on average over £100,000 a year, came second in job satisfaction. Which is good, I guess, because it’s got to be worth spending so long working hard to reach that position. There are plenty of jobs on the list to make you happy, such as farming & agricultural management roles or secretarial positions, but they don’t necessarily pay a huge amount.

So what if you’re looking for a position that makes you happy and makes you money? Here are a few jobs that have a great balance of job satisfaction, pay well and, most crucially of all, are currently available on Strike Jobs. And in case you’re wondering, publicans came out bottom of the list, 8 places lower than bar staff.

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Electrical Engineers:

Rank: 14
Average salary: £44,439
Average Job Satisfaction level: 7.74

Electrical engineers deal with creating and maintaining all things electronic. One of the key factors of job satisfaction is the amount of control and with a position in electrical engineering, you are granted exactly that. Duties include; The design, construction & testing of electrical items, such as security and heating systems, researching customer requirements and liaising with clients and design teams. You’d be in charge of a team, it’s a normal 40 hours-a-week job and you would get to exercise your giant engineering brain.

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You would most likely need a degree or equivalent in an engineering discipline, and a number of years experience in your specialised area. You would also need a great deal of passion for the subject, as there’s a lot of problem solving involved, requiring complicated mathematics. But if that’s your passion, and that’s what you’re doing, it’s bound to make you happy.

Click here to see our electrical engineering vacancies on Strike Jobs.

Medical Practitioners:

Rank: 7
Average salary: £70,648
Average job satisfaction level: 7.48

Another factor that attributes a great deal of job satisfaction and happiness is helping others, so being a medical practitioner is about the most satisfying job you can get. It’s not for the faint-hearted, though, and requires a great deal of education, but it’s never too late to start something new. Medical jobs provide tangible examples of positively effecting the lives of others. And it pays pretty well, too.

There’s also a great deal of specialisations within the sector, from anaesthesiology to paediatrics, doctors and nurses, there’s bound to be a position perfect to your interests and passions. But it is difficult work. With long and erratic hours and a lot of duties not for the squeamish, it takes a great deal of commitment and determination. Which is part of what makes it so satisfying.

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Click here to see our list of health & medical positions, which currently has over 3,500 available vacancies!

Quality Assurance and Regulatory Professionals:

Rank: 5
Average salary: £42,898
Average job satisfaction level: 7.89

Once again, job happiness comes down to being in control, so why not become grand supreme controller of quality for a company? A huge range of establishments require quality assurance managers to make sure that the services they require are of the standard expected. These establishments include banking, manufacturing and automotive companies, which means you can go for any company that fits your interests. Which is useful, because a great deal of knowledge on the relevant products and output is required if you’re to be assuring customers of their quality.

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A degree is generally favourable in these positions, particularly one in business studies or an area relevant to the companies you’re looking to apply to. Great communication skills are a must. A great deal of estimating, researching and preparation goes into the work, but due to your level of control, it can prove to be hugely rewarding.

Click here to browse our quality assurance positions at Strike Jobs.

Human Resources Managers/Directors:

Rank: 19
Average salary: £54,120
Average job satisfaction level: 7.7

As human resources manager, you are in charge of the hiring and training of new employers, to make sure that they are the best fit for the company. You would need to really understand the company, and you would be spending much of your day building relationships. While you are in charge of firing, you would also have to deal with less pleasant duties such as redundancies, so the ability to keep a calm, professional veneer through any emotional breakdowns is important.

There’s a lot to learn in terms of keeping up with current UK hiring laws, and budgeting with a computer. Some universities and companies offer graduate training schemes, but it’s usually about 5 years of experience and a degree-level education that is required for a more senior position.

Click here to look at our human resources positions currently available.

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Obviously, results in a chart won’t mean absolute happiness in any job, there are just too many factors. It largely comes down to where you work as well, but there’s not much a massive nation-wide survey can do about that.

Louis Clayton | Strike-Jobs.co.uk Journalist

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Monday Funday: Top 5 Futuristic Jobs That Could Be Set to Become Lucrative Career Paths.

The future is upon us. I don’t know if you got the memo. We’re growing burgers in test-tubes, we’ve made flying cars and we’re starting to reverse the ageing process. Although all of these things are currently a little bit rubbish (but no less remarkable), it won’t be long before all sorts of new and currently futuristic sounding careers are set to become the norm, and in some cases potentially quite lucrative. And while we may not need managers for retirement homes looking after people living forever, or Frankenstein chefs designing new forms of super-meat in a lab just yet, it might not seem so crazy in the coming years.

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5: 3D Printing.

3D printing is already taking off in a big way. It’s proven to be hugely beneficial to medical science, particularly for prosthetic limbs and printing bits of bone that require very specific dimensions. 3D printers are fantastic for printing things that are particularly intricate, precise or fiddly. Although they’re not quite common-place yet, they’re already proving to be incredibly useful office and home tools. And when we figure out how to use 3D printers to 3D print 3D printers, they’ll basically take over the world from there.

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But what would a career in 3D printing involve? There are a number of career paths available, such as the 3D modelling and scanning required to print 3D objects. With 3D printing’s ability to print more intricate objects, a great deal of imagination can now be applied to your ideas in unusual areas, such as designing toys and tools. You could even sell 3D printers the same as you’d sell any office supplies.

4: Food Science.

Food science is a broad area, from nutrition to genetic modification, but as more and more technology goes into the production of food, an increasing number of scientists are needed to explore the possibilities and develop exciting culinary innovations. Want to create some kind of cucumber/sausage combo? Maybe it’ll be possible in the future. You’ll be streamlining the sandwich filling industry forever.

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With the first ever lab-created burger being created last year, this area of technology could revolutionise the agricultural industry. It’s in the early stages, because despite the burger being a first and whoppingly expensive, it was also apparently a bit stringy. “So why even bother?” I hear you cry. It would mean less farm animals taking up space that could be used for more plant crops, that wouldn’t be needed to feed farm animals. That would be hugely beneficial for the environment (see No.2), particularly because cows rudely burping and farting has seriously damaged the ozone layer.

3: Big Data Analysis.

In the future, we will look back at the small data of the past and laugh at how pathetic and feeble it all looked. Gone will be the days of tiny numbers like 4 and 6.2, instead it will herald the dawning of a new age of HUGE THROBBING DATA like 812 and 64,000. And as a result, we will undoubtedly need much bigger data analysts.

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Big data analysis introduces the notion of being able to study the relatively new influx of data provided by sources such as web cookies, GPS tracking locations and the many bits and bytes of information provided by using the internet. If you are particularly gifted with numbers, and hugely enjoy collecting, studying and analysing data, but feel that it’s all a bit small at the moment, this would definitely be the perfect career to consider in the future.

2: Environmentalism.

As the human population continues to swell like an oil spill in the ocean, the amount of room for anything else dwindles. Before long, it’s going to look like zoos were built just to house weird made-up animals bred specifically to be there, like elephants and lemurs.

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“Mummy, what’s a tiger?” A child will ask, wide-eyed and fascinated, after reading a dusty old page of Wikipedia that she found in the attic. “I don’t remember.” Will come the subdued response. The child will then hold up a sepia-toned picture from 2017 of a large striped animal, uploaded to Instagram. “Oh, one of those. Just go and sit slightly too close to a cat. They’re sort of like that.” The mother will reply, over the top of her Galaxy Nexus Tablet. “What’s a cat?”

If this vision horrifies you, you may be perfect a perfect fit for a career in environmentalism. There’s so much all over the world that needs to be done to support our fragile, delicate planet, so being able to do something about it will be in high-demand, as well as being hugely rewarding. And it’s not all chaining yourself to trees and getting in the way of whale harpoons, either. Large businesses are starting to take on environmentalists more and more to make sure that they can keep their companies in the green. There are all sorts of aspects within a business that need to be considered from an environmental perspective, including recycling, energy usage and a company’s carbon footprint. Businesses will like it, because going green looks good for them, and it has the added bonus of actually having a positive impact for the planet as well.

(A leopard trying marmite for the first time, if you were wondering.)

1: Augmented Reality.

The technology is available now, but the possibilities have barely been tapped into yet. Generally, augmented reality involves holding up a smartphone’s camera to something that a phone application will recognise, which then projects objects such as 3D models and pop-up information into the scene on your screen. For example, holding up your phone’s camera to a medieval town display in a museum might add a little 3D model of a medieval house over the top, so that you can visualise what is being described interactively. It’s in its early stages at the moment, but improving all of the time. Here is a video, demonstrating the marketing capabilities of augmented reality:

So naturally, there are a lot of duties involved in the creation of augmented reality. It is likely to become increasingly popular for marketing, as it is both much more entertaining and much less fiddly than QR codes and hash-tags. These ideas need to be developed by marketing departments and then built and created by 3D modellers and animators, opening up a large amount of opportunities. And if more products such as Google Glass (Or Google Goggles) appear, the world could transform into some kind of inescapable Dreamworks animation, where every poster on the tube almost pokes you in the eye.

Louis Clayton | Strike-Jobs.co.uk Journalist

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Brand New IT Job Board available – www.itjobsandwork.co.uk – as part of Strike Jobs!

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At www.strike-jobs.co.uk we are dedicated to a broad variety of different sectors and industries, and now we have a brand new website and job board dedicated to the IT and telecommunications sector, www.itjobsandwork.co.uk. We already have more than 1,000 jobs listed, and there are over 500 new candidates registering each day looking for work!

At www.itjobsandwork.co.uk, we offer free unlimited job posting for new clients, for the first 30 days. There’s no contract, and it’s incredibly simple to join. On each new job vacancy you submit, you will be able to list your company logo and an industry related image so you can really stand out and inspire any potential new candidates.

The website currently has IT & telecommunication jobs posted from all over the UK, and even some from as far away as Poland and Gibraltar, so there’s no limit to where you can target your vacancies. We cater to all levels of applicant, in over forty different roles, including IT sales, network security and head of technical services positions, so you can be confident that you will find the right person for any positions you have to offer.

The website comes equipped with plenty of information and help for job-seekers who need any extra information, ensuring they will be well-informed and enthusiastic about any positions they apply for.

Signing up will also mean any jobs you post on www.itjobsandwork.co.uk will also be posted on our Strike Jobs LinkedIn page and the dedicated IT and telecommunications LinkedIn group, which currently has almost 1,800 members, ensuring you reach the widest possible audience. We also have social media pages, such as Facebook and Twitter, so that customers are frequently reminded to check for postings that could come from you!

You will be able to post positions on the Strike-Jobs job boards as well as an on www.ITjobsandwork.com! If you continue to use us after your free-trial has ended, you will also have access to our CV database. And if you use a multi-poster, we are integrated with Broadbean, Logic Melon, Jobmate and Idibu. We have been described as “the best board we currently use,” with “first class” customer service. So please e-mail us at info@ITjobsandwork.co.uk or call us on +44 (0)20 7493 4993 to sign up today, or for any more information!

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Brand New Catering Job Board – www.cateringjobsandwork.co.uk – as part of Strike Jobs!

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At www.strike-jobs.co.uk we are dedicated to a broad variety of different sectors and industries, and now we have a brand new website and job board dedicated to the catering and hospitality sector, www.cateringjobsandwork.co.uk. We already have more than 1,500 jobs listed, and there are over 500 new candidates registering each day looking for work!

At www.cateringjobsandwork.co.uk, we offer free unlimited job posting for new clients, for the first 30 days. There’s no contract, and it’s incredibly simple to join. On each new job vacancy you submit, you will be able to list your company logo and an industry related image so you can really stand out and inspire any potential new candidates.

The website currently has catering & hospitality jobs posted from all over the UK, and even some from as far away as Kenya and Australia, so there’s no limit to where you can target your vacancies. We cater to all levels of applicant, in over forty different roles, from entry level positions such as bar staff members and waiting staff, to upper management roles and executive chef positions, so you can be confident that you will find the right person for any positions you have to offer.

The website comes equipped with plenty of information and help for job-seekers who need any extra information, ensuring they will be well-informed and enthusiastic about any positions they apply for.

Signing up will also mean any jobs you post on www.cateringjobsandwork.co.uk will also be posted on our Strike Jobs LinkedIn page and the dedicated catering and hospitality LinkedIn group which currently has over 1,000 members, ensuring you reach the widest possible audience. We also have social media pages, such as Facebook and Twitter, so that customers are frequently reminded to check for postings that could come from you!

You will be able to post positions on the Strike-Jobs job boards as well as an on www.cateringjobsandwork.com! If you continue to use us after your free-trial has ended, you will also have access to our CV database. And if you use a multi-poster, we are integrated with Broadbean, Logic Melon, Jobmate and Idibu. We have been described as “the best board we currently use,” with “first class” customer service. So please e-mail us at info@cateringjobsandwork.co.uk or call us on +44 (0)20 7493 4993 to sign up today, or for any more information!

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