Looking for a pay rise in 2018? These ten industries are your best bet

The latest data from CV-Library reveals the top ten industries which witnessed the biggest salary jumps in 2017, making them the top ten sectors for a pay rise this new year.

If you’re looking for a new job right now which pays higher than you’re currently earning, you could be in for a treat. New data from CV-Library, finds that key industries across the UK saw advertised pay soar in 2017, making them the top sectors for a pay-rise this year.

The data, which analysed average advertised salaries in the UK’s key industries in 2017, compared with 2016, found that the top ten industries for a pay rise in 2018 are:

  • Hospitality – pay up 10.4 per cent
  • Automotive – pay up 10.2 per cent
  • Agriculture – pay up 9.5 per cent
  • Property – pay up 8.5 per cent
  • Retail – pay up 8.1 per cent
  • Media – pay up 7.5 per cent
  • Design – pay up 7.5 per cent
  • Construction – pay up 6.9 per cent
  • Charity – pay up 6.6 per cent
  • IT – pay up 5.1 per cent

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, comments, ‘These industries are central to the UK economy’s success and it’s clear that more competition for talent has driven many employers to push up their pay packets in 2017. Interestingly, some of these industries are ones that could be struggling because of a lack of EU workers – agriculture and hospitality for example are heavily reliant on this labour, which could explain why higher pay is being offered.’

What’s more, job creation across some of the UK’s main industries continues to soar, with the manufacturing, property and automotive industries leading the way. In fact, advertised jobs soared in the following sectors:

  • Manufacturing – jobs up 22.9 per cent
  • Property – jobs up 18 per cent
  • Automotive – jobs up 17.3 per cent
  • Social Care – jobs up 17 per cent
  • Agriculture – jobs up 13.9 per cent
  • Engineering – jobs up 10.8 per cent
  • Construction – jobs up 10 per cent
  • Recruitment – jobs up 9.6 per cent
  • Design – jobs up 9.2 per cent
  • Finance – jobs up 7.6 per cent

Biggins continues, ‘January is always a great time to look for a new job. Many businesses across the UK will have unlocked their budgets for 2018, making them ready to strengthen their workforce. If you’re currently looking to earn more, or find work in a sector which is booming, this data could be all you need to help make that all-important career change.’

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Owen Gough, SmallBusiness UK

Owen Gough

Owen was a reporter for Bonhill Group plc writing across the Smallbusiness.co.uk and Growthbusiness.co.uk titles before moving on to be a Digital Technology reporter for the Express.co.uk.

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