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Britain’s 20 top-paying jobs revealed

by LLB Editor
30th Dec 20 10:00 am

Businesses’ increasing reliance on complex data analysis has propelled data modelers to the top of a ranking of the UK’s highest paid professionals, according to figures released by the world’s largest job site, Indeed.

Businesses including those in finance, retail, healthcare and the media are clamouring to hire these highly-paid data experts, who build databases which translate complex data into computer systems that underpin some of the most important decisions by companies.

Despite not appearing at all in the 2019 list of top salaries, the role claimed this year’s top spot, with data modelers earning £145,726 a year on average — just shy of Boris Johnson’s Prime Ministerial salary of £150,000.

Indeed analysed hundreds of thousands of full-time roles advertised across its platform to identify which offer the highest average annual salaries heading into 2021.

Chief financial officers, who are responsible for managing a company’s financial planning and reporting, topped 2019’s salary table but have since fallen back to sixth position. Nevertheless their average salary has still risen from £112,666 a year to £115,467.

More of the highest paid jobs command an average annual salary above £100,000 this year compared to 2019’s list, with 11 roles receiving six-figure salaries compared to just three last year.

This is particularly true in the healthcare sector which accounts for more than a third (35%) of the highest-paying roles.

The scarcity of candidates with the qualifications, expertise and experience needed to fill such senior roles clearly drives up salaries as employers compete for the best talent.

Medical directors, who work at board level and are responsible for running NHS trusts, are the highest paid professionals in the healthcare sector.

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