Anyone preparing for their financial future is probably interested in knowing what the highest paying jobs in the UK are at this moment, and predictions for the future. No one wants to study for a profession that is headed the wrong way down a one-way street and so it is vital to keep up with ONS (Office of National Statistics) data on exactly what types of jobs are paying well. The last published report was released in December 2015 so it is only a matter of months before the newest figures are released. If you are looking for a high paying career, you may need to learn to drive! Many of the highest paid professions also need to travel in their line of work.
1. Brokers in All Industries – Average Pre-Tax Salary £128,231
It stands to reason that brokers are amongst the highest paid professionals in the UK as well as abroad by the very nature of what it is that they do. Brokers typically have a large sales staff working under them and the commission goes to the broker who then divvies up with associates. From Forex dealers and stock exchange brokers to investment and financial brokers, these will always be amongst the highest earners. Of course it is vital to have a degree in their respective fields of focus, but one thing many brokers might want to consider is making sure their driving licence is in good standing. Don’t know how to drive? That could be a serious setback as brokers often have employees all over the country. You can easily pass the theory portion by practicing on the Toptests website and after ample practical (driving) experience you should be ready to take your UK test.
2. Medical Professionals – Average Pre-Tax Salary £80,628
From physicians to surgeons to anaesthesiologists, the medical profession is known to be amongst the highest earners in the UK as well as abroad. Like brokers in the sense that medical professionals often need to be mobile, it would pay to have a driving license in good standing. In fact, locum doctors are amongst those in greatest demand for a number of reasons and the highest paid is set to make £500,000. Many times budget is a huge concern so extra staff can’t be taken on full time. When a doctor needs a vacation and there is no one on staff to cover his or her absence, a locum doctor is brought in for the duration. Locum doctors work for contracted periods at different locations throughout the year, so for ease of travel, a driving licence is a real plus.
3. IT Directors – Average Pre-Tax Salary £70,971
IT directors are in high demand. Everybody and everything has gone electronic and so there is always a need for a director to head up a team of Information Technology experts. An IT director is typically thought of in the telecommunications profession, but any industry that uses computers and computer technology will need a director. These professionals are often out in the field inspecting the work of their staff and that’s why it is a good idea to have the ability to get around without relying on public transport.
No matter what career you are preparing for, any professional should at least be able to operate a car even if they don’t personally own one. These figures were released by the ONS and a key indicator of just how important to your financial future being mobile can be. It is not logical to think that a professional will work from his or her office at all times so if you are considering career options, look into driving at the very same time. Being mobile may put you in a better position to land that cushy job so study hard to learn your craft, but learn to drive as well. It gives you a better bargaining chip and heightens your chances of landing a high paying job. That is why you are studying after all, so don’t lose out simply because you can’t drive. What a waste of talent that would be.
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