Britain’s 10 highest-paying jobs and how to get them

Want to be a banker or a helicopter pilot? Here’s how to do it

Analysts were predicting a fall in unemployment, so today’s figures from the Office for National Statistics showing no change could be viewed as a disappointment.

Unemployment has remained at 5.1% - which is still the lowest in a decade, according to stats for the three months to December 2015.

A record 23 million people are in full-time employment – a rise of 387,000 – however experts say low inflation is still holding down pay, with average weekly earnings rising 2%.

According to ONS data from 2015, those who work as brokers earn the most – that’s no surprise. But you might be taken aback by some of the others which make the list of the top 10 highest-paying jobs:

1. Broker - £128,231

For example: Stock broker, forex dealer, investment trader

How do I do it?

You usually need a degree and a Financial Conduct Authority approved qualification, such as the Investment Advice Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Securities & Investment.

2. CEO - £122,967

For example: Chief executive, senior civil servant, vice-president

How do I do it?

No specific qualifications are needed, however many people at this level in business have an MBA.

3. Marketing director - £89,933

For example: Marketing or sales director

How do I do it?

Again, no specific qualifications are needed but many sales or marketing directors have a degree. The Chartered Institute of Marketing holds a lot of training courses.

4. Pilot - £87,474

For example: Airline or helicopter pilot, flight engineer, first officer, flying instructor

How do I do it?

Pilot training is expensive and can easily cost up to £130,000. However, there are many schemes for commercial airline pilots which don’t require an up-front payment. The British Airways training scheme requires 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above and either 3 A Levels at BBC or above or an honours degree at 2:2 or above.

5. Financial manager - £82,565

For example: Financial manager or director, investment banker, treasury manager

How do I do it?

You need accountancy training and qualifications from a professional body such as the ACCA or Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

6. Banker/insurance manager - £80,755

For example: Bank or insurance manager

How do I do it?

No specific qualifications are needed to get into the role, however, its necessary to become an “approved person” by the Financial Conduct Authority. This means you are responsible for complying with FCA rules.

7. Doctor - £80,628

For example: GP, anaesthetist, hospital consultant, psychiatrist, surgeon, radiologist

How do I do it?

You need a medical degree and at least a further 10 years of postgrad medical training.

8. Lawyer (excluding barristers, solicitors and judges) – £80,578

For example: In-house company lawyer, patent attorney, magistrates’ clerk

How do I do it?

You normally need a degree, a legal postgrad qualification and many years’ experience as a solicitor.

9. Air traffic controller - £77,220

For example: Air traffic controller, flight planner

How do I do it?

It might not be very well known but it is difficult to become an air traffic controller. It requires a NATS qualification, which, while only requiring 5 GCSE passes, is extremely rigorous, with only 1% of those who apply getting onto the course each year. Of 3,000 applicants, usually only 20 qualify.

10. IT director - £70,971

For example: Telecoms director, technical director

How do I do it?

Usually a relevant degree and business experience is needed. Like any other director, communication is an important skill.



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