Paul MacKenzie-Cummins for CareerBuilder.co.uk
The results of the 2007 Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) have revealed the official figures for the UK’s highest and lowest paid jobs. And, for the umpteenth year on the run, company directors and chief executives continue to dominate the number one spot with an average salary of £212,910 per year – an increase of 30 per cent since 2006. Remarkably, this is 20 times the amount earned by library assistants – the unwilling holders of the worst-paid job award earning on average £10,749.
The survey, which was conducted by the Office of National Statistics, covers the average pay for full-time workers from around 300 trades and professions. And, last years survey also revealed that the average weekly pay for UK employees grew by 2.9 per cent year-on-year to reach £457 per week.
Here are the UK’s top 10 best paid jobs.
1. Directors and Chief Executives
Entry requirements: The likes of Sir Richard Branson and Sir Alan Sugar are in the minority of UK chief executives, with the majority traditionally requiring a degree and possibly an MBA.
Average Salary: £212,910
2. General Practitioners (GPs)
Entry requirements: A degree in medicine is essential obtained over a five-year period (or four years for a graduate entry programme), followed by a two-year foundation programme whereby junior doctors will earn up to £35,000 per year.
Average Salary: £110,000
Entry requirements: A degree in any discipline although a business, economics or finance degree would be advantageous.
Average Salary: £94,293
4. Financial Managers and Chartered Secretaries
Entry requirements: Financial Managers require a degree in any discipline coupled with professional accountancy qualifications. The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators recommends that entrants have a degree in law or business.
Average Salary: £77,931
5. Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers
Entry requirements: ‘A’ Levels/HND are sufficient and pilots must undertake an intensive training programme to obtain their commercial pilot’s licence (CPL) and Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence from a CAA-approved training school. Oh, and a good pair of sunglasses, too.
Average Salary: £63,664
6. Civil Servants (Senior)
Entry requirements: A second-class Honours degree or above. Exceptional graduates can apply for the Civil Service’s Fast Stream which flows all the way to the top and the Sir Humphreys who head the departments.
Average Salary: £54,950
7. Police Officers (Inspector and above)
Entry requirements: No formal requirements, entry is open to anyone with a clean criminal record.
Average Salary: £54,241
8. Managers (marketing and sales)
Entry requirements: Marketers typically enter the profession upon graduation (a degree in Marketing or Business is not necessary but is advantageous) or after completing either a HNC or HND. Professional marketing and sales qualifications can be obtained through the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Average Salary: £54.029
9. Lawyers, Judges and Coroners
Entry requirements: Solicitor – degree (any discipline) or via the legal executive route. Judge – qualification upon completing minimum seven years as a practising solicitor. Coroner – must be a qualified barrister, solicitor or medical doctor.
Average Salary: £52,049
10. Air Traffic Controllers
Entry requirements: Contrary to common assumptions, entry is not the preserve of university degree holders, although an increasing number of graduates are entering the profession. The minimum requirement is five GCSEs (grades A-C including English and Maths) in addition to two ‘A’-Levels/GNVQ advanced level. Most people enter the profession via the National Air Traffic Services (NATS).
Average Salary: £51,911