The average employee in Britain earns £13.03 per hour – but there are lots of well-paid jobs that offer more money per hour. If you’re starting your job search and want to improve your salary, here are eight roles to consider when choosing a career.
1. Chartered and certified accountants
Average earnings: £19.84 per hour (£38,692 per year)
Job description: Chartered accountants provide trustworthy financial advice with the aim of maximising the profits of their employer or client. The role can include the management of financial systems and budgets, undertaking financial audits and detecting and preventing fraud.
Entry requirements: While entry to the profession without a degree is possible, candidates with a degree are generally preferred by larger companies. Some employers train students to do the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Accounting Qualification which does not require a degree, and can lead on to training for chartered status.
2. Veterinary surgeon
Average earnings: £19.37 per hour £37,763 per year)
Job description: Vets are responsible for safeguarding the health and welfare of animals. They may work with domestic, zoo or farm animals, and diagnose illnesses, prescribe medication and perform surgery as well as helping to prevent disease and the spread of disease.
Entry requirements: In order practice as a vet, you need a degree in veterinary science/medicine and will need to be registered as a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Degree courses take five to six years to complete and are available at a number of institutions across the country.
Average earnings: £19.20 per hour (£37,439 per year)
Job description: Pharmacists provide expert advice on the use and supply of medicines; check prescriptions, dispense medicines and make sure that laws controlling medicines are followed.
Entry requirements: To work as a pharmacist, you need to hold a Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) degree, which takes four years to complete full time, and have completed a one-year pre-registration training course in a pharmacy.
4. Pipe fitters
Job description: Like plumbers, pipe fitters work with, install and manipulate pipes. Unlike a plumber, who deals with pipes that carry water at low pressure, pipefitters install pipes that carry liquids or gases at high pressure for industrial purposes.
Average earnings: £19.48 per hour (£37, 982 per year)
Entry requirements: It’s possible to enter the profession by training as an apprentice and learning the necessary skills – such as threading, grinding, welding and soldering – on the job, combined with classroom-based learning. To be accepted as an apprentice, you usually need to have GCSEs in maths, English and sciences.
5. Chartered surveyors
Average earnings: £18.70 per hour (£36,470 per year)
Job description: Chartered surveyors offer impartial, specialist advice on a wide variety of property issues, from valuing commercial and residential property and land, to negotiating leases on behalf of commercial landlords or tenants and consulting on development and town planning.
Entry requirements: To become a chartered surveyor you will need a degree or professional qualification accredited by the Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and to pass the Assessment of Professional Competence.
Job description: Ofsted inspectors visit schools (as well as children’s services and early year’s childcare providers) and report on the quality of the teaching and care provision they find.
Average earnings: £16.24per hour (£31,665 per year)
Entry requirements: To work as a schools inspector, you would need a degree in a relevant subject, such as education, childcare or social work, and to pass an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. Most employers expect candidates to have at least five years’ experience in a leadership role, for example as a head teacher or senior manager in children’s services.
7. Medical radiographers
Average earnings: £16.16 per hour (£31,520 per year)
Job description: Medical radiographers use highly technical equipment to help diagnose and treat patients. Diagnostic radiographers produce and interpret high quality images of the body to identify and diagnose injury and disease and screen for abnormalities. In contrast, therapeutic radiographers deliver treatment, working closely with clinical oncologists to treat malignant tumours or tissue defects.
Entry requirements: You need a degree or postgraduate qualification approved by the Health and Care Professions Council to work as a medical radiographer. To be accepted on a degree course, you generally need at least five GCSEs (A-C), including English, maths and preferably a science, plus three A-levels, including biology or physics.
8. Air-conditioning and refrigeration engineers
Average earnings: £15.72 per hour (£30,652 per year)
Job description: Refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) engineers are responsible for designing, installing and maintaining cooling systems in buildings, such as shops, offices, schools, hospitals and food processing plants.
Entry requirements: Many people enter the profession through an apprenticeship scheme, which takes around two to four years to complete. Taking a college course (such as Level 1 Certificate in Introduction to Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Skills and Level 2 Diploma in Access to Building Services Engineering) may help you find a trainee job. Contact your local college to see what courses they offer.
Note: Average salary information taken from the 2014 ONS annual salaries survey. Hourly pay based on working 7.5 hours a day, 5 days a week.
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