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Top 10 UK Jobs with the Biggest Pay Increases

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Looking for a new job or career change? Whilst it’s tempting to look at the highest paying roles, it’s really important to think about how your pay will progress throughout your career.

To help you make an informed decision, Glassdoor is here with our latest report on the ‘Top Ten Jobs with the Biggest Pay Increases’. This report identifies the top jobs where pay has increased the most for employees with up to three years’ experience through to the salaries achieved by employees in the same role with eight years’ experience or more.

Retail Assistant

  • Employee with up to three years’ experience – £15,000
  • Employee with eight years’ or more experience – £52,000
  • Salary increase – 247%

What they do: As a Retail Assistants you will work directly with customers on the ‘shop floor’. You will be on hand to hand to manage stock, displays and help customers with any questions or enquires, explain variations between products whist providing a high level of customer service and secure sales.

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Database Engineer

  • Employee with up to three years’ experience – £17,700
  • Employee with eight years’ or more experience – £58,638
  • Salary increase – 231%

What they do: Database engineers are employed to design and monitor complex databases. They will be tasked with ensuring the database is operational and provides valid and relevant data. An effective database engineer will have an in-depth understanding of computer software, database technologies and programming. Some employers may require a degree in computer science or a related field.

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Game Artist

  • Employee with up to three years’ experience – £11,950
  • Employee with eight years’ or more experience – £37,495
  • Salary increase – 214%

What they do: If you’re fanatical about video games, this could be your dream job. You will work alongside game development, production, design and marketing teams to create video games. By using computer software programs you will create animation, games characters and overall user interfaces.

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Account Executive

  • Employee with up to three years’ experience – £24,000
  • Employee with eight years’ or more experience – £65,000
  • Salary increase – 171%

What they do: Account executive roles are available across many disciplines from advertising to sales and PR. This role is integral within any agency as it is designed to co-ordinate all client activity and act as go-between between the two. You will be responsible for managing day to day account activity, maintaining client satisfaction and generally making sure all team members involved in the project deliver.

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Auditor

  • Employee with up to three years’ experience – £29,000
  • Employee with eight years’ or more experience – £59,430
  • Salary increase – 105%

What they do: As an auditor you will prepare and examine financial records for organisations. Your role is to ensure that these records are; accurate, they comply with laws and regulations and taxes are paid correctly. You will assess financial operations and work with clients to ensure the business is running efficiently.

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Designer

  • Employee with up to three years’ experience – £25,688
  • Employee with eight years’ or more experience – £50,000
  • Salary increase – 95%

What they do: A Graphic Designer is a visual communicator. You don’t have to be a talented artist to take this career path as you can create concepts by hand or most likely with the help of computer software. In this role you will develop concepts that captivate consumers, working with both text and images. As a designer you will be involved in selecting the type, font, size, colour, and line length of headlines, headings, and text. You will also work on more granular details such as how images and text will go together on a page or screen, including how much space each will have.

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Recruiter

  • Employee with up to three years’ experience – £22,000
  • Employee with eight years’ or more experience – £42,000
  • Salary increase – 91%

What they do: Recruiters are Human Resources professionals that match job seekers with vacancies. They act as a go-between for employers as they look for suitable candidates, carry out screening interviews and make sure the individuals possess the relevant skills, qualifications and personal attributes required for the job. Recruiters can either work with an agency recruiting for lots of different companies or in-house for just brand.

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IT Executive

  • Employee with up to three years’ experience – £29,000
  • Employee with eight years’ or more experience – £55,000
  • Salary increase – 90%

What they do: This is a senior level professional who supervises computerised information systems for organisations. This person could be heavily involved in on-site applications and troubleshooting.

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Marketing Manager

  • Employee with up to three years’ experience – £28,000
  • Employee with eight years’ or more experience – £52,000
  • Salary increase – 86%

What they do: Marketing Managers co-ordinate campaigns for their clients or employers. The role is broad and can differ from company to company. Managers will lead website and content creation, event marketing, media management, data verification, and advertising placement.

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Front End Engineer

  • Employee with up to three years’ experience – £28,000
  • Employee with eight years’ or more experience – £50,000
  • Salary increase – 79%

What they do: As the title indicates, a front end engineer programs visible features on a website that are seen by visitors such as navigation buttons and text boxes. They will do this by writing HTML, CSS and JavaScript in order to make changes.  This is an environment that changes rapidly so if you’re planning on taking a career as a front end Engineer, you need to be agile and willing to keep up with the latest innovation.

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Methodology: For a job title to be considered for Glassdoor’s report a minimum number of 40 salaries across all categories in the survey must have been submitted by UK-based employees over a one year period (24/07/2015-23/07/2016). In total, 18,125 UK salaries were analysed across 3,095 distinct job titles.The years experience data on Glassdoor is divided into three categories: 0-3, 4-7 and 8+. The salary increase gaps have been identified by comparing the median salaries of those in roles with 0-3 years’ experience to those with 8 years’ or more. For jobs to be considered within the 0-3 years’ category a rule has been implemented to only include salaries up to or equal to £30,000 in order to truly represent an entry-level UK job. Interns and Trainees have been excluded from this report. For the purpose of this study all job titles have been normalised. For example: Game Artist would also  include various titles such as Technical Artist, Senior Game Artist and 3D Artist.