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10 Most in-Demand Jobs in the UK 2021

Posted by Glassdoor Team

Career Advice Experts

March 30, 2021

It’s an undeniable fact — some jobs are simply more popular than others. After all, jobs that are high-paying, challenging and interesting are going to attract more people than jobs that are monotonous and low-paying. But what are the roles that job seekers are interested in the most?

To find the answer, we analysed over one million keywords to see what UK job seekers were searching for the most. It might come as no surprise that the list was full of high-paying, skilled jobs with thousands of open vacancies. In fact, 5 of them appeared on Glassdoor’s Best Jobs in the UK 2021. Read on to discover which job titles made the cut!

Average Base Salary: £20,055

Number of Open Jobs: ~4,205

What does a delivery driver do?

A delivery driver is responsible for delivering orders to customers on time. The job also involves reviewing orders for delivery, loading and unloading the van/truck/vehicle and providing customer service support to customers. 

How can I get a job as a delivery driver?

You’ll need a full driving licence to be a delivery driver, good eyesight and some customer service skills - good communication. Look out for delivery jobs on Glassdoor. 

Top companies hiring for a delivery driver? 

There’s a high demand for delivery drivers and some of the top companies hiring include Asda, Abel & Cole, DFS, Just Eat and Amazon.

Average Base Salary: £43,000

Number of Open Jobs: ~22,791

What does a project manager do?

The term ‘project manager’ is broad, but typically a project manager’s responsibility is to plan, organise, control and deliver a project on time, within budget and within the scope set out at the start. 

How can I get a job as a project manager?

People who work in project management tend to have a business-related degree. They may start at an assistant level and then move up. If you’re wanting to work in an area that’s not related to your degree, you can complete a postgraduate course in project management. Equivalent qualifications are also available. 

Top companies hiring for a project manager? 

Project managers work across all industries and some of the top companies hiring include Mace, Syngenta, GSK, The AA and Xero.

Average Base Salary: £29,250

Number of Open Jobs: ~4,537

What does a store manager do?

A store manager has responsibility for the day-to-day running of a store. Duties may include setting staff rotas, the hiring and training of new staff, motivating staff, developing promotional campaigns, managing budgets and dealing with customers. 

How can I get a job as a store manager?

You don’t need a degree or specific qualifications to be a store manager. A general business sense will help, along with good communication skills and the ability to delegate. Most store managers start in a junior role and work their way up, or enrol on a store manager apprenticeship scheme.  

Top companies hiring for a store manager? 

Some of the top companies hiring for store managers include EE, The Furniture Store, Morrisons supermarket, The Body Shop and Costa Coffee.

Average Base Salary: £16,007

Number of Open Jobs: ~5,979

What does a customer assistant do?

A customer service assistant’s job is to help customers in any way they can. Depending on where you work, this may involve showing customers how products work, taking customer orders (face-to-face, over the phone or online), handling payment, dealing with customer queries or complaints and arranging store displays. 

How can I get a job as a customer assistant?

Specific qualifications aren’t needed to be a customer service assistant, though previous experience in a similar job will make you stand out to companies who are hiring. Employers look for people who are friendly, have good communication and who genuinely want to help people. 

Top companies hiring for a customer assistant? 

Customer service assistants play an important function for stores as they’re the face of the business. Top companies hiring include The Co-op, Wickes, Lloyds Banking Group, Specsavers, Tesco and Lidl.

Average Base Salary: £17,967

Number of Open Jobs: ~2,700

What does a store assistant do?

A store assistant is similar to a customer service assistant, just that a store assistant typically works in retail. As a store assistant, you may be asked to help customers, take payment, clean the store, order stock and greet customers at the door. 

How can I get a job as a store assistant?

Formal qualifications aren’t necessary to be a store assistant though employers may ask that you have a minimum of 5 GCSEs, including maths. Good communications skills are highly sought after as well as a friendly personality. Most employers offer training to their store assistants. 

Top companies hiring for a store assistant? 

If you want a job as a store assistant, these are some of the top companies hiring; Burberry, WH Smith, Aldi, Vision Express and REISS.

Average Base Salary: £55,000

Number of Open Jobs: ~11,816

What does a software engineer do?

A software engineer’s job is to check, maintain and improve IT systems so they fulfil a certain need. This is usually done under the direction of a systems architect. Doing this involves, among other things analysing user needs, writing and designing with code, improving existing programs and making suggestions for future development, 

How can I get a job as a software engineer?

Most employers will require you to have a degree in a related subject such as Computer Science, IT, Mathematics or Software Engineering. If you have a degree in an unrelated subject, you may be able to apply through a graduate trainee scheme. 

Top companies hiring for a software engineer? 

Software engineers can work in most industries and some of the top companies hiring include Direct Line Group, National Grid, Cinch Cars Ltd, Betway Group and Nandos.

Average Base Salary: £16,977

Number of Open Jobs: ~3,063

What does a sales assistant do?

A sales assistant is similar to a store assistant. Sales assistants are there to help customers find the products they’re looking for, demonstrate how products work, take payment, put stock on the shelves and help with customer queries and complaints. 

How can I get a job as a sales assistant?

Skills and experience are more important than qualifications when it comes to being a sales assistant. A friendly personality, good verbal communication skills and a genuine interest in helping people will help you get a sales assistant job. 

Top companies hiring for a sales assistant? 

For those looking for a job as a sales assistant, here are some of the top companies that are hiring; Dunelm, Nando’s, Superdry, WH Smith and Travis Perkins.

Average Base Salary: £18,801

Number of Open Jobs: ~3,309

What does a customer service advisor do?

As a customer service advisor, you’re the main point of contact for customers. Your duties may involve answering customer questions (face-to-face, over the phone or online), suggesting products to customers and providing information on how products work. 

How can I get a job as a customer service advisor?

You don’t need a specific qualification to be a customer advisor. Being able to remain calm under pressure, think on your feet, being computer literate and having good communication skills will help you in finding a job as a customer service advisor. 

Top companies hiring for a customer service advisor? 

If you’re looking for a customer service advisor job, among the top companies hiring are Shell Energy, The Range, Halfords, Utility Warehouse and Lego.

Average Base Salary: £42,500

Number of Open Jobs: ~10,958

What does an operations manager do?

An operations manager has a broad remit of responsibilities, and what they specifically do will depend on the industry and the employer. Overall an operations manager is in charge of the smooth running of an organisation. Areas they cover can be split into people, core operations, budgets, delivery and strategy. Successfully managing these five core areas will result in an efficient company. 

How can I get a job as an operations manager?

Employers favour people who have a degree, even better if you have a business-related degree. Employers may also look for people who have industry experience. Graduates may be able to find a route into operations management through a graduate trainee scheme. 

Top companies hiring for an operations manager? 

Included in the top companies that are hiring for operations managers are Network Rail, Tik Tok, KPMG, Vodafone and Asda.

Average Base Salary: £42,000

Number of Open Jobs: ~7,748

What does a business analyst do?

Overall the job of a business analyst is to help an organisation plan for the future. This involves understanding where the company is currently at, what its future needs may be and then creating solutions to meet these needs. This typically relates to IT and software solutions, but it may include other things like staffing and budgets. 

How can I get a job as a business analyst?

People with a business-related degree such as Business Information Systems will stand out to employers. Having project management experience will also help. Soft skills that will help you get a job as a business analyst include teamwork, good communication and leadership qualities. 

Top companies hiring for a business analyst? 

If you’re interested in working as a business analyst, these are the top companies that are hiring; Betway Group, The Scottish Government, Save the Children, NRG and Kellogg Company.

Methodology: The UK’s Top 10 Job Roles In Demand list was compiled using a sample of UK-based job seekers searching for jobs on Glassdoor identify which keywords were searched for the most. More than one million keywords were analysed.

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