The 25 best jobs in the UK as voted by employees have been revealed, with tech, IT and engineering roles coming out on top.
The rankings were compiled by job review website Glassdoor based on employee job satisfaction, median annual base salary and the number of current job openings in the given role. These were combined to given an overall score out of five.
Java developer, a software development role focused on creating web apps, has been named the best job with an employee satisfaction rating of 4.1 out of 5 and a median annual base salary of £55,381.
It is followed by enterprise architect – someone responsible for the infrastructure of a company’s IT platform – which is also the highest paid job on the list with a median base salary of £73,898.
1. Java Developer
2. Enterprise Architect
3. Product Manager
4. Full Stack Engineer
5. Data Scientist
6. HR Manager
7. Corporate Recruiter
8. HR Business Partner
9. Front End Engineer
10. Marketing Manager
11. UX Designer
12. Mobile Engineer
13. Sales Manager
14. Operations Manager
15. Data Engineer
16. Devops Engineer
17. Software Engineer
18. Business Development Manager
19. Cloud Engineer
20. Customer Success Manager
21. Program Manager
22. Finance Manager
23. Delivery Manager
25. Procurement Agent
This was followed by product managers, who are responsible for the strategy and blueprint of a product or product line, and full stack engineers, who handle all the work of databases, servers, systems engineering, and clients.
Corporate recruiters are happiest in their jobs, with a £46,215 median base and job satisfaction rating of 4.6 out of 5.
Experts noted the jobs reflect the desire for a greater work-life balance, something in which STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) careers have historically excelled.
The prevalence of HR roles in the top 25 shows a push by companies to take better care of their employees and bulk up their workforces following the post-pandemic shift.
The job with the most openings is software engineer after the pandemic heightened demand for the role to enable companies to shift to working from home.
Six jobs dropped out of the top 25 from last year: dentist, tax manager, commercial manager, risk manager, information security engineer and site manager.
The 25 best jobs in the UK as voted by employees have been revealed, with tech, IT and engineering roles coming out on top. Stock image
Replacing them are six new additions: corporate recruiters, software engineer, finance manager, consultant and procurement agent.
The most popular industry was STEM, with eleven jobs on the list, followed by business support with nine jobs, while HR came in third place with three jobs on the list.
Tough hiring conditions are set to continue through 2022, and the list saw more HR and recruitment roles than last year as companies look to maintain a competitive advantage by attracting and retaining talent.
Glassdoor economist Lauren Thomas said: ‘Glassdoor’s Best Jobs list is reflective of the wider workplace trends we are currently seeing in the UK.
‘Employees want more hybrid working and a better work-life balance – areas which technology and STEM roles have historically excelled in.
‘HR positions are also well represented on the list as the current tightness of the labour market has forced employers to rethink their investment in employee experience.’
A java developer works at a Startup focused on the creation of a variety of web applications (‘apps’) to go to market and to fill existing customer orders. They work as part of a software development team and are responsible for designing, implementing and maintaining Java applications.
An enterprise architect is responsible for the entire infrastructure of the company’s IT platform. They are responsible for ensuring that the platform meets the company’s needs. A few of the main duties of an enterprise architect are designing processes, documenting essential IT procedures, tracking project progress, and maintaining a security focus. They also have to collaborate with other teams to design the correct systems.
Product managers are responsible for the strategy and blueprint of a product or product line. They’re tasked with finding the why, what, and when of a product, and they communicate its business value to a product team in a clear, concise way to ensure the team understands the purpose behind the new product or release. They lead the product team and all aspects from the conception of the product to its launch.
Full Stack Engineer
Full-stack engineers are senior-level computer programmers with proficiency in front and back-end systems coding and project management experience with systems administration skills. They design user interactions on websites and develop servers and databases for website functionality and write code for mobile platforms. Full-stack engineers create servers and databases for functionality and ensure cross-platform optimisation for mobile phones. They ensure applications are responsive and strive to meet both technical and consumer needs.
Data scientists utilise their analytical, statistical, and programming skills to collect, analyse, and interpret large data sets. They then use this information to develop data-driven solutions to difficult business challenges. Data scientists have a wide range of technical competencies including: statistics and machine learning, coding languages, databases, machine learning, and reporting technologies.
HR managers are responsible for planning, coordinating, and evaluating the various services, policies, and programs of an organisation’s HR department. This ranges from evaluating recruiting, interviewing, and hiring processes, to overseeing employee benefit programs, to developing a strategic plan for the HR department. In addition, HR managers keep a pulse on employee relations, ensure practices are compliant with regulations, and coordinate the administering of services like onboarding, benefits, and training.
A corporate recruiter is responsible for filling open positions for an organisation. They conduct the process from the stage of locating potential applicants via various sources, such as social media or resume banks, to interviewing and offering positions to qualified applicants. Corporate recruiters often specialise in one job field, such as information technology, and recruit only candidates from this area. To find recruits, some corporate recruiters travel to job fairs or attend networking events.
HR Business Partner
A HR business partner will provide advice to leadership regarding best practices to maximise employee efficiencies. They champion a diverse workforce throughout the employee life cycle and foster a culture of continuous improvement through performance management. In addition, they are responsible for the performance management program and the administration of payroll, benefits and training and development opportunities.
Front End Engineer
Front end engineers plan, design, build, and implement the user interface systems of websites, software programs, and web-based applications. Their primary goal is to provide a satisfactory user experience with no issues, errors, or downtime. They create and optimise systems, play an active role in testing and troubleshooting, and resolve issues such as those related to accessibility and browser compatibility. They often serve as an intermediary bridging the gap between the user and the backend developers, and tweak tools and platforms to adapt to real-world use situations.
Marketing managers develop strategic marketing plans for a company and then oversee the implementation and execution of the various efforts associated with the marketing plan. This might include evaluating the results of various marketing campaigns, spearheading market research efforts, or coordinating initiatives across a variety of channels.
A UX designer is a technical role that is responsible for enhancing customer satisfaction by improving the usability, accessibility, and pleasure associated with a product in a way that is attractive and convenient for users. A UX designer is responsible for creating interactive programs that enhance a customer’s experience with a brand and facilitate an enjoyable experience using various forms of digital and web media. A UX designer is also required to have a functional understanding of coding and transfer the brand’s strengths and personality seamlessly throughout the interface of a product.
Mobile engineers design, develop, and implement software programs for smartphones and other mobile devices. They often specialise in a certain type of operating system, such as Android or iOS. They use data-driven insights to guide development of programs and apps that fill a user need. They create specifications and detailed plans, write code, oversee testing and debugging, and play an active role in the rollout and launch. They commonly work in close collaboration with other engineers, designers, R&D, analysts, and other teams and stakeholders.
Sales managers are responsible for leading sales teams to reach sales targets. Sales managers are primarily tasked with hiring and training team members, setting quotas, evaluating and adjusting performance, and developing processes that drive sales. Sales managers are oftentimes expected to travel.
Operations managers ensure a company or organisation’s operations run smoothly and on time. They work with people, core operations, budgets, project delivery, and in company strategy. They are responsible for engaging and developing the members of the teams that they manage. Operations managers are involved in financial procedures, including invoicing. They must manage margins, costs, budgeting, and forecasting at the company.
Data engineers are mainly tasked with transforming data into a format that can be easily analysed. They do this by developing, maintaining, and testing infrastructures for data generation. Data engineers work closely with data scientists and are largely in charge of architecting solutions for data scientists that enable them to do their jobs.
A DevOps engineer combines an understanding of both engineering and coding to increase productivity in the workplace. They work with various departments to create, develop and implement systems software, analyse data, and improve existing systems, while balancing various complex aspects of a project such as programming and network building. A DevOps engineer is generally found in large corporations and works with other industry professionals to meet the needs of customers and clients.
On the most basic level, software engineers write, debug, maintain, and test software that instructs a computer to accomplish certain tasks, such as saving information, performing calculations, etc. A software engineer will convert what needs to happen into one of many programming languages, the most common of which being Java, C++ and Python.
Business Development Manager
Business development managers are hired to grow an existing business by finding new and relevant opportunities. They develop an attainable business development strategy often focused on financial gain for the company and arrange business development meetings with prospective clients. Business development managers follow up with leads, establish relationships with potential new clients, and arrange appointments for sales executives. They research potential accounts within their targeted markets and pursue and follow through with leads while looking for a successful agreement or arrangement.
They have an understanding of their target markets, and collaborate with design and sales teams at organisations to ensure the requirements and protocol are met. They attend business meetings with prospective clients and promote the company’s products and services while addressing or predicting clients’ current and future objectives.
Cloud engineers specialise in the creation, testing, and implementation of software applications at a company or an organisation, and are responsible for the management and support of cloud computing applications.
They enhance the delivery of cloud deployments and collaborate with development teams to streamline application services. Cloud engineers evaluate older applications and determine their viability to be migrated or transferred to cloud services and they help debug cloud stacks.
Customer Success Manager
A customer success manager seeks to develop a positive customer experience, fosters relationships and supports brand loyalty. They work alongside upper management to promote retention of customers and overall positive experience with the brand. Additionally, a customer success manager is well-versed on the technical side of projects and can offer insight and tips on how to use features and troubleshoot.
Program managers outline a program’s strategy and its objectives and oversee a list of dependent projects that are needed to reach the program’s goals. They work with teams and instruct them on how to best implement their strategies and to measure the return on investment. While they are supervising groups of projects, they will also strategise, oversee, and coordinate various project products or other strategic initiatives that are programmed within a group of related projects.
Finance managers analyse every day financial activities and provide advice and guidance to upper management on future financial plans. They are the root of all major business decisions and their role is crucial to the success of any organisation. Finance managers operate in a variety of industries, such as banking, finance, healthcare, and insurance.
Delivery managers are responsible for leading a team that assists clients with the setup and installation of technology tools and products. They work with stakeholders and end users to plan and configure systems and develop solutions that will achieve objectives. They oversee the deployment of programs or systems, coordinating all of the parties involved to ensure a smooth process with minimal disruption. They may develop or supervise training programs to educate users, and also lead support and troubleshooting efforts.
Consultants are experts in their fields with extensive knowledge and experience in a niche-specific subject who use their experience and expertise to address issues and solve problems found in businesses. Often, they come in from the outside of an organisation with a perspective that is new and provide fresh takes that can unstick issues to shift resources and to move a company in a different direction.
Procurement agents make purchases for businesses and ensure that business benefits from the products and services needed to efficiently carry out their tasks. They stay up-to-date with the latest market trends and collaborate with suppliers to negotiate prices and contracts. Procurement agents make profitable strategies for companies and are effective negotiators with an analytical approach.
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