Popular Job Sectors in UK

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Piyush Kohli
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Updated on Sep 16, 2021 11:29 IST

Popular Job Sectors in UK


The country's unemployment rate currently stands at a relatively low 4.7% (year 2020), and the graduate labour market remains robust and by some measures is as strong as it has been for quite a while. Candidates from top ranking UK Universities with the right qualifications, skills, and experience have a decent chance of employment despite the fierce competition among graduates. UK also welcomes applicants who are skilled and have shortage of such candidates in its workforce, these applicants hold the Skilled Worker Visa now replacing the Tier 2 work visa. These skills can be checked at ONS occupation coding tool.

Language skills are becoming increasingly important, making many foreign nationals as desirable candidates. The UK is home to various international communities, so as a foreign national you will be in good and safe company. The UK offers numerous areas where one can find work and make a great career for themselves. With plenty of job sectors to work from no doubt, the UK has been the topmost choice for international students who wants to start their careers. Check: UK Post Study Work Visa for Indian Students.

Highest paying jobs in the UK


Median salary

Chief Executives and Senior Officials


Marketing and Sales Directors


Pilots and Flight Engineers


Legal Professionals


Medical Practitioners


Information Technology Directors


Financial Managers


Public Health Managers


Higher Education Teaching Professionals


Electrical Engineers


Note: The figures provided in the table can vary. Source: Savethestudent

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Fastest-growing jobs in the UK

As per research from a global job site Indeed, demand for IT engineers in the UK grew faster than any other profile over the past few years. 

Since April 2018, search for jobs related to IT engineers have been up by more than a third and making it the fastest-growing career in the British job market. In order to meet the shortfall, the UK engineering industry needs to recruit and train approximately 1.8 million by the year 2025. Apart from this, the demand for graduates related to the technological field has also increased by almost 28% in the same period.


Average salary

Increase in demand

IT Engineer



Mobile Developer



Recruiting Assistant



Assistant Principal



Product Designer






Conveyancing Assistant



CNC Machinist



Salon Assistant



Note: The figures provided in the table can vary. Source: CNBC   

Top Hiring Companies in the UK

Since UK's services industry constitutes the major chunk of the entire workforce, that is, of over 80.2%, it is understood why there is a shortage of the required qualifed workforce. At present, as per April-June quarter of 2021, around 75.1% employment was recorded, which is 0.3% up by the previous quarter. Majorly IT, Engineering & Technology, Medical, Businesses, Consulting, Agricultural, Research, Marketing, Finance level firms hire maximum number of graduates and postgraduates in the UK. The following is a list of top 10 companies which hire qualified graduates in bulk annually in the UK:

  • #1: Salesforce - Cloud based software company 
  • #2: Microsoft - Technology company 
  • #3: Abcam - Protein supplier research tool
  • #4: Google - Technology company
  • #5: Softcat - IT Infrastructure company
  • #6: GTB - Marketing Agency company
  • #7: Apple - Technology company
  • #8: Bella Italia - Casual Dining Group with a chain of 90 restaurants
  • #9: SAP - Software Corporation company
  • #10: Facebook - Technology company       

Read: Part time Jobs in UK for International Students   

Skilled Worker Visa: Shortage Occupations and their Annual Salary Going Rate

Various job sectors including Education, Scientists, Healthcare, Engineers, Analysts, Programme & Software, Architects, Artists - Dancers, Musicians; Art Officers, Graphic Designers, Senior Citizens care workers, etc are included in the shortage occupations and those who are skilled in these sectors can be paid 80% of the job's going rate in the UK. Read on for a brief overview of ONS occupation coding tool:                

ONS Occupation Code 

Job Sectors 

Annual Salary (Going Rate: 80%) 


Healthcare & Education – all jobs 

£30,720 (£15.15 per hour) 


Civil Engineers 

£28,000 (£13.81 per hour) 


Mechanical engineers – all jobs 

£26,720 (£13.18 per hour) 


Design and development engineers 

£27,280(£13.45 per hour) 


IT Business Analysts – all jobs 

£29,280 (£14.44 per hour) 


Programmers and software development professionals – all jobs 

£26,640 (£13.14 per hour) 



£28,000 (£13.81 per hour) 


Web design and development professionals 

£20,800 (£10.26 per hour) 

It is advised that applicants check in detail about these jobs and also the requirements for their spouse and children. Not all benefits are available for the skilled work visa aplicants in the UK. Students tudying in the UK, international students studying in the UK are all eligible to apply for this visa.

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I studied bsc in forensic science which course will give me high chance of job

Reply to Ananthakrishnan




Sry I would like to study MSc marketing in uk it is better course in uk

Reply to Sarathi




Marketing is good job in uk

Reply to Sarathi

Is it good course MBA in Accounting after completing in uk?

Reply to Divyesh Modhvadiya


Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert


Hi Divyesh, MBA graduates are in demand, however, due to current recession, we suggest you to do more research on the job prospects.


Deven shete


Hello, I have completed BSC in computer science and now am planning to apply for the course - MSC in mobile and satellite communications in Sept 2022 intake , is it good to take this decision and what are the future scope for this course in UK, and who can guide me accurately regarding this?

Reply to Deven shete


Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert


Hi Deven, you can go for the course, however, we suggest you to do a little more research on the job prospects due to the current downtrend globally.

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