Looking to change career? From engineers to sustainability managers, these are the ‘in-demand’ jobs that saw the biggest pay rises in 2022Continued strong demand for roles in engineering, construction and technology Big increase in the demand for skilled sustainability professionals Cyber security managers command some of the highest average salaries By Camilla Canocchi for Thisismoney.co.uk Published: 02:00 EST, 30 December 2022 | Updated: 02:00 EST, 30 December 2022
Electrical engineers, sustainability managers and cyber security experts could pocket some of the biggest pay packages if they decide to move jobs in the new year, new exclusive analysis shows.Over half of workers intend to look for a new job in 2023, according to data from recruiter Hays, and with more than 1.1million unfilled jobs in the UK those who are looking for a new challenge are likely to see plenty of opportunities. Skills-short areas such as engineering, construction and technology are set to continue to be in high demand in the coming months, along with energy and sustainability managers as the drive for green jobs continues. Green jobs: With businesses having to reconsider their impact on the environment, there has been a big increase in the demand for skilled sustainability professionalsCyber security managers are expected to continue to command some of the highest average salaries of around £81,500 a year, as the world increasingly moves online and such roles become ever more in demand.But the most sought-after employees are expected to be electrical and automation engineers – roles which continues to sit on the UK Government’s shortage occupation list – according to Hays, which surveyed 13,500 professionals and employers.Electrical engineers took home on average nearly £49,000 a year in 2022, and automation engineers £48,000 – both well above the UK median full-time salary for the past year of £33,000. Engineers working in this sector will typically hold a degree in electrical engineering or a related subject such as physics, software engineering or computer science. Quantity surveyors, who advise on construction projects, are also expected to be in high demand next year and look to pocket around £55,000 a year.With businesses increasingly having to reconsider their impact on the environment, there has been a big increase in the demand for skilled sustainability professionals, according to Hays director, Paul Gosling. REVEALED: TOP 10 IN-DEMAND JOBS FOR 2023 Job Sector Average salary (2022) 1. Electrical engineer Engineering £48,875 2. Automation engineer Engineering £48,000 3. Quantity surveyor Construction £55,250 4. Cyber security manager Technology £81,500 5. Energy/sustainability manager Sustainability £50,000 (experienced) 6. Qualified social worker Social care £31,583 (2 years experience) 7. Part-qualified/newly qualified accountant Finance £31,396 8. Data analyst Technology £43,400 9. Clinical operations manager Life sciences £70,000 10. Digital marketing analyst Marketing £42,200 Source: Hays; list compiled based on demand across the UK in December 2022; salary averages collected between August – November 2022 ‘The UK Government is investing £12billion to support up to 250,000 skilled green jobs by 2030, as part of its Ten Point Plan,’ he said.’However, those with the required skillsets are in short supply and there’s plenty of opportunities for individuals wanting to build their sustainability careers.’Meanwhile, clinical operation managers, who work for pharmaceutical companies overseeing clinical trials, would look at £70,000 a year.Qualified social workers with at least two years experience are also in high demand, but they would likely earn less than half that salary, around £31,580 a year.What roles got the biggest pay rises?The top salary increases this year went to salesforce solutions architects, who have seen their average annual pay jump by nearly 19 per cent to £107,000, along with systems design engineers and product managers, which saw their average pay rise 18 per cent. With companies becoming more attentive to their social responsibility, those working as diversity, equality, and inclusion managers have also seen some of the biggest pay rises this year – up 11 per cent to nearly £56,000. REVEALED: TOP 20 SALARY INCREASES IN 2022 Job Industry Salary (average 2022) % Salary increase since 2021 1 Salesforce solutions architect Technology £107,000 18.50% 2 Systems design engineer Engineering & manufacturing £65,000 18.20% 3 Product manager Technology £71,091 16.50% 4 SAP basis consultant Technology £61,800 16.20% 5 Head of talent/resourcing HR £79,000 14.90% 6 Newly qualified solicitor Legal (private practice) £67,577 14.60% 7 Aerodynamics engineer Engineering £65,000 14.50% 8 Cyber security analyst Technology £56,136 14.10% 9 Cyber security engineer Technology £73,125 13.90% 10 Fabricator/welder Engineering and manufacturing £32,250 13.70% 11 Clinical research associate (senior level) Life sciences £54,000 13.70% 12 Data scientist Life sciences £58,750 11.90% 13 Platform engineer Technology £60,455 11.80% 14 Marketing analyst / CRM analyst Marketing £38,909 11.50% 15 Diversity, equality, and inclusion manager HR £55,833 11.30% 16 Machine learning manager Life sciences £81,000 11% 17 Data engineer Technology £57,364 11% 18 Engineering operative Engineering & manufacturing £26,000 10.60% 19 Financial director Accountancy & finance £126,042 10.60% 20 Automation engineer Engineering & manufacturing £49,500 10.30% Source: Hays, based on the analysis of over 10,000 salaries, alongside survey data of over 13,500 employers and professionals. Brendan Ryan of Hays added: ‘Job vacancies within the social care sector are on the rise, which means there are now multiple opportunities for someone wanting to transition their career to become a social worker.’To become a qualified social worker, you’ll typically need qualifications and experience through a university degree, a degree apprenticeship or a work-related learning scheme such as Step Up To Social Care. ‘Once you’re qualified there are several career paths available to you as you gain more experience and hone your skills.’ How can you secure a green job? Paul Gosling of Hays says energy and sustainability managers will be increasingly in demand in the coming years as the UK drives its green agenda forward.’Those currently working in construction or engineering are well-equipped to move into the sustainability profession,’ he says.’However, it’s not unusual for professionals from other industries, such as procurement, legal, finance, or marketing to also upskill and move into a green job. ‘Technical skills can be learned, but transferrable skills that bring value and enthusiasm for the role are arguably more important.’Other important skills for an energy/sustainability manager to possess include strong communication and stakeholder management skills since you’ll be interacting with a wide range of people, from those on-site through to members of the board. ‘Being able to adapt to change is also crucial to help overcome obstacles and adjust plans.’
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