The country’s unemployment rate is currently at a low 4.7 percent (year 2020), and the graduate labor market remains strong, in some ways as strong as it has been in a long time. Despite the fierce competition among graduates, candidates with the right qualifications, skills, and experience from top-ranked UK universities have a good chance of finding work.
The UK also welcomes skilled workers who are in short supply in the workforce; these workers hold the Skilled Worker Visa, which has replaced the Tier 2 work visa. The ONS occupation coding tool can be used to verify these skills.
The importance of language skills is growing, making many foreign nationals desirable candidates. As a foreign national, you will be in good and safe company in the UK, which is home to various international communities.
The United Kingdom has numerous areas where one can find work and build a successful career. With so many job sectors to choose from, the UK has long been the top choice for international students looking to begin their careers.
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Highest paying jobs in the UK
|Chief Executives and Senior Officials||£97,708|
|Marketing and Sales Directors||£80,411|
|Pilots and Flight Engineers||£78,570|
|Information Technology Directors||£69,409|
|Public Health Managers||£50,000|
|Higher Education Teaching Professionals||£49,862|
Note: The figures provided in the table can vary. Source: Savethestudent
The UK’s fastest-growing jobs
According to Indeed, the demand for IT engineers in the UK has grown faster than any other profile over the last few years.
IT engineer job searches have increased by more than a third since April 2018, making it the fastest-growing career in the British job market. By 2025, the UK engineering industry will need to recruit and train approximately 1.8 million people to fill the gap. Aside from that, demand for graduates in the technological field has increased by nearly 28% over the same time period.
|Job||Average salary||Increase in demand|
Note: The figures provided in the table can vary. Source: CNBC
Top Hiring Companies in the UK
Since UK’s services industry constitutes the major chunk of the entire workforce, that is, over 80.2%, it is understood why there is a shortage of the required qualified workforce. At present, as per April-June quarter of 2021, around 75.1% of employment was recorded, which is 0.3% up by the previous quarter. Majorly IT, Engineering & Technology, Medical, Businesses, Consulting, Agricultural, Research, Marketing, Finance level firms hire a maximum number of graduates and postgraduates in the UK. The following is a list of top 10 companies which hire qualified graduates in bulk annually in the UK:
- #1: Salesforce – Cloud-based software company
- #2: Microsoft – Technology company
- #3: Abcam – Protein supplier research tool
- #4: Google – Technology company
- #5: Softcat – IT Infrastructure company
- #6: GTB – Marketing Agency company
- #7: Apple – Technology company
- #8: Bella Italia – Casual Dining Group with a chain of 90 restaurants
- #9: SAP – Software Corporation company
- #10: Facebook – Technology company
Skilled Worker Visa: Shortage Occupations and their Annual Salary Going Rate
Various job sectors including Education, Scientists, Healthcare, Engineers, Analysts, Programme & Software, Architects, Artists – Dancers, Musicians; Art Officers, Graphic Designers, Senior Citizens care workers, etc are included in the shortage occupations and those who are skilled in these sectors can be paid 80% of the job’s going rate in the UK. Read on for a brief overview of ONS occupation coding tool:
|ONS Occupation Code||Job Sectors||Annual Salary (Going Rate: 80%)|
|1181||Healthcare & Education – all jobs||£30,720 (£15.15 per hour)|
|2121||Civil Engineers||£28,000 (£13.81 per hour)|
|2122||Mechanical engineers – all jobs||£26,720 (£13.18 per hour)|
|2126||Design and development engineers||£27,280(£13.45 per hour)|
|2135||IT Business Analysts – all jobs||£29,280 (£14.44 per hour)|
|2136||Programmers and software development professionals – all jobs||£26,640 (£13.14 per hour)|
|2431||Architects||£28,000 (£13.81 per hour)|
|2137||Web design and development professionals||£20,800 (£10.26 per hour)|
It is advised that applicants check in detail about these jobs and also the requirements for their spouse and children. Not all benefits are available for skilled work visa applicants in the UK. Students studying in the UK, and international students studying in the UK are all eligible to apply for this visa.