The UK’s Best and Worst Jobs revealed

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Miners and Couriers are the worst occupations in the UK according to the latest research from job search engine Adzuna.co.uk. Translators and Web Developers were crowned as the best jobs of 2013. Doctors and Pilots suffer the most stress at work, while Travel Agents and Supermarket Cashiers have the worst outlook for 2014.

The study, conducted in September 2013, analysed over 2,000 job titles to highlight the best, worst, most stressful and most promising jobs in the UK. Each job title was scored based on 25 different criteria including earning potential, working conditions, competitiveness, unemployment rates and job security. These scores were then combined to produce an overall list of the top 10 best and worst jobs in the UK.

The Worst Jobs of 2013 – Miners and Couriers have the worst jobs in the UK the study has shown. High-pressure deadlines, the lowest income growth potential in the survey and long hours pushed these roles to the top the of “worst” list.  Sous chefs, Electricians and HGV Drivers round out the rest of the worst jobs.

The Best Jobs of 2013 – Taking the crown of best jobs on the market are Translators, Web Developers and Surgeons. These roles boasted the highest levels of job security in the study, some of the highest average salaries (exceeding £85,000 p.a.) and excellent income growth potential of up to 8 times starting salary. Lack of competition, employer demand, rising wages and excellent working environments also resulted in Web Developers being voted one of the most stress free jobs in the UK today.

The Most Stressful Jobs – Pilots & Oil Riggers have the most stressful jobs in the UK, scoring top for emotional and physical stress. Journalists rank as the 4th most stressful career choice, primarily due to highest pressure working environments and a deadline driven culture. Low levels of competition, few deadlines and little physical work have resulted in Librarians and Translators being named the least stressful jobs on the market.

Outlook – The Most & Least Promising Jobs - Roles in the IT and Engineering sectors dominate the best outlook list thanks to average wages growing 3.2% since January 2013 and advertised jobs increasing 23% over the same time period. At the other end of the spectrum, technological advancements and cuts at big firms such as Thomas Cook & The Royal Mail have affected the UK’s job market.  Jobs like Travel Agents, Postmen, Supermarket Cashier and Factory Workers are becoming increasingly redundant in today’s employment market.

Flora Lowther, Head of Research at Adzuna, says “Listing every available vacancy in the UK and studying the behavior of millions of monthly job seekers, gives us a unique insight into employee satisfaction levels and perceptions in today’s job market. Job seekers should be taking note of this research when thinking about their next career move.”

Top 10 Best Jobs in the UK

Rank

Job Title

Avg. Salary

(per annum)

No.of Jobs

Score *

1

Translator

£39,900

7,363

41

2

Web Developer

£34,600

13,081

41

3

Surgeon

£63,300

1,037

40

4

Lawyer

£56,300

2,909

39

5

Vet

£42,100

2,371

34

6

Pilot

£59,000

905

33

7

Actuary

£56,000

219

32

8

Physiotherapist

£65,000

1,547

31

9

Architect

£64,000

4,321

27

10

Dentist

£80,000

1,662

26

Bottom 10 Worst Jobs in the UK

Rank

Job Title

Avg. Salary

(per annum)

No. of Jobs

Score *

1

Miner

£40,500

401

-36

2

Courier

£30,200

1,403

-28

3

Builders Labourer

£22,200

6,354

-28

4

Journalist

£28,800

824

-27

5

Sous Chef

£21,256

3,957

-26

6

Electrician

£25,000

2,210

-23

7

HGV Driver

£20,700

2,426

-23

8

Waiter

£15,400

1,297

-20

9

Care Assistant

£18,800

8,530

-20

10

Housekeeper

£22,000

4,381

-8

* Scores were calculated to determine whether overall merits of each profession outweighed the negative factors. Positive scores represent professions where the positive outweigh the negative – the maximum score of 100 would be achieved if a profession scored full marks on salary and outlook factors whilst having zero negative factors.

5 Most and Least Stressful Jobs

Rank

Most Stressful Jobs **

Rank

Least Stressful Jobs **

1

Oil Riggers

1

Receptionist

2

Doctor

2

Librarian

3

Pilot

3

Translator

4

Journalist

4

Secretary

5

Fireman

5

Charity Worker

** The stress levels of jobs were calculated by ranking the inherent demands of the job against 15 different criterions. These criterion, including deadlines, competitiveness, physical and emotional risk are given a score out of an allotted range then the sum of which are combined to produce a stress level ranking. The more physically dangerous the stress, the greater weight it received

Top 5 Jobs with Most & Least Promise

Rank

Most Promising ***

Rank

Least Promising ***

1

Web Developer

1

Receptionist

2

Dentist

2

Travel Agent

3

Doctor

3

Waiter

4

Surgeon

4

Courier

5

Mechanical Engineer

5

Tattoo Artist

 

*** The level of promise of jobs was calculated by ranking promotion potential, income growth potential and job security

 

September 16, 2013 in Europe