The UK’s 100 most sought-after jobs and what they pay

What makes a job attractive? Your thoughts might jump to a high salary, or to a stress-free environment – however, your potential candidates are interested in something very different.

Job site Adzuna has found that the most sought-after job in the UK is an Emergency Ambulance Driver, a role with a salary of just £16,634 a year.

The researchers analysed Adzuna’s 1.2 million open job adverts from June to December 2017 by looking into the job titles that have the highest propensity to be viewed.

The second most popular job in the UK is a Non-Executive Director with an average pay packet of £32,952 – almost double that offered by the Ambulance Driving position. The third most sought after job is a Funeral Services Director averaging a salary of £23,672, with an Air Traffic Controller offering £32,959 coming in fourth and Fashion Model coming in fifth (no salary stated).

Top 10 most sought-after jobs:

Emergency Ambulance Driver – £16,634
Non-Executive Director – £32,952
Funeral Services Director – £23,672
Air Traffic Controller – £32,959
Fashion Model – No Salary data
Rigger – £36,543
Mail Clerk – £16,575
Airport Baggage Handler – £17,246
Oil Rig Operative – £28,571
Librarian – £24,658

Doug Monro, a Co-Founder of Adzuna, said that the data shows that the job market in the UK is thriving, with a variety of different roles to accommodate the diversity of the population. “This is evident from the top 10 most sought after jobs which offer a real breadth of experiences: Librarian to Rigger, Fashion Model to Funeral Services Director,” he said. “That’s what’s really key here – us Brits are much more interested in the spice of life than salary.

Information taken from