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Sometimes, we know it’s time for a career change. Whether we’re sick of a toxic boss, or you want to ask for a promotion or pay rise, the siren’s call of job listings sites await.

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a relative newbie to the world of work, the pandemic may have shifted your perspective on what’s important to you on the careers front – and you may want to quit your job Bridget Jones-style and look for an entirely new opportunity.

However, the stress of finding new work begins before you can even consider handing in your notice. Where do you even begin if you want to forge a whole new career for yourself?

Well, one place you could look is the list of the best jobs in the UK, compiled by Indeed. The job listing site has gleaned from its wide industry experience to compile the 20 best jobs in the UK, based on the factors that matter most to job seekers, such as opportunity and demand, high salary, and workplace flexibility.

“Indeed’s 2024 best jobs highlight a high demand for several [professional] roles, notably those that can be carried out from home, as many workers look to hold onto the flexibility afforded by remote work, despite an increasing number of employers now looking to encourage their teams back to the office,” said Indeed’s senior manager of talent intelligence, Danny Stacy.

Is your job already on the list? Nice work, pat yourself on the back etc… If it’s not, and you’re feeling like a change in direction, what’s the harm in finding out if any of these top careers suit you? Your dream career might be round the corner…

FYI, the word ‘manager’ comes up quite a lot, so if that doesn’t apply to you just yet, do not fear, use the list as source of inspiration for the future you, instead. You’re welcome.

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20. Procurement Manager

Average salary: £47,152

Growth in Job Share: 523

Percentage of jobs that are remote/hybrid: 20%

Procurement managers oversee the procurement process for goods and services, from supplier selection and negotiation to contract management and supplier performance evaluation.

19. Mechanical Designer

Average salary: £38,880

Growth in Job Share: 556

Percentage of jobs that are remote/hybrid: 11%

Mechanical designers utilise computer-aided design software to create detailed drawings and specifications for mechanical components, systems and machinery.

18. Psychologist

Average salary: £39,041

Growth in Job Share: 629

Percentage of jobs that are remote/hybrid: 25%

Psychologists assess and treat mental, emotional and behavioural disorders through psychotherapy, counselling and psychological interventions.

17. Clinical Pharmacist

Average salary: £44,331

Growth in Job Share: 639

Percentage of jobs that are remote/hybrid: 11%

Clinical pharmacists collaborate with healthcare providers to optimise medication therapy and improve patient outcomes.

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16. Principal Software Engineer

Average salary: £64,189

Growth in Job Share: 648

Percentage of jobs that are remote/hybrid: 18%

Principal software engineers lead the design, development, and implementation of complex software systems, providing technical expertise and guidance to software engineering teams.

15. Regional Sales Manager

Average salary: £37,611

Growth in Job Share: 700

Percentage of jobs that are remote/hybrid: 24%

Regional sales managers oversee sales activities within a specific geographic region, developing sales strategies, setting targets and coaching sales teams to achieve revenue and market share goals.

14. Executive Assistant

Average salary: £35,994

Growth in Job Share: 732

Percentage of jobs that are remote/hybrid: 20%

Executive assistants provide high-level administrative support to executives or senior management, managing calendars, coordinating meetings and handling confidential correspondence.

13. Private Client Solicitor

Average salary: £45,435

Growth in Job Share: 748

Percentage of jobs that are remote/hybrid: 14%

Private client solicitors provide legal advice and representation to individuals on a wide range of personal legal matters, including wills, trusts, estates and family law.

12. Human Resources Partner

Average salary: £43,802

Growth in Job Share: 791

Percentage of jobs that are remote/hybrid: 22%

Human resources partners work closely with management to develop and implement HR strategies, policies, and programs that align with organisational goals and values.

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11. Doctor

Average salary: £47,152

Growth in Job Share: 523

Percentage of jobs that are remote/hybrid: 20%

Doctors diagnose and treat illnesses, injuries and medical conditions, applying their medical knowledge and clinical expertise to provide compassionate care to patients.

10. Data Engineer

Average salary: £61,676

Growth in Job Share: 772

Percentage of jobs that are remote/hybrid: 17%

Data engineers design, build and maintain scalable data infrastructure and pipelines to enable efficient data processing, storage, and analysis.

9. Nurse Assessor

Average salary: £35,866

Growth in Job Share: 980

Percentage of jobs that are remote/hybrid: 82%

Nurse assessors conduct comprehensive assessments of patients’ healthcare needs, collaborating with interdisciplinary teams to develop personalised care plans.

8. Contract Manager

Average salary: £46,327

Growth in Job Share: 1046

Percentage of jobs that are remote/hybrid: 12%

Contract managers are tasked with overseeing the negotiation, execution and administration of contracts between organisations and their clients, vendors or suppliers.

7. Finance Manager

Average salary: £44,972

Growth in Job Share: 1449

Percentage of jobs that are remote/hybrid: 19%

Finance managers are responsible for overseeing financial activities within an organisation, including budgeting, financial reporting and risk management.

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6. Operations Manager

Average salary: £38,865

Growth in Job Share: 1,463

Percentage of jobs that are remote/hybrid: 13%

Operations managers oversee the day-to-day activities of an organisation, ensuring smooth and efficient workflows across various departments.

5. Management Accountant

Average salary: £37,129

Growth in Job Share: 2032

Percentage of jobs that are remote/hybrid: 18%

Management accountants play a crucial role in financial planning, analysis and decision-making within organisations. They collect and interpret financial data, prepare budgets and forecasts and provide insights to support strategic initiatives.

4. Consultant

Average salary: £53,805

Growth in Job Share: 2231

Percentage of jobs that are remote/hybrid: 12%

Consultants leverage their expertise and industry knowledge to offer strategic advice and solutions to organisations facing complex challenges.

3. Quantity Surveyor

Average salary: £47,360

Growth in Job Share: 3,053

Percentage of jobs that are remote/hybrid: 12%

Quantity surveyors are tasked with managing the financial aspects of construction projects, from estimating costs and preparing budgets to assessing contractual variations and negotiating with suppliers.

2. Engineer

Average salary: £37,199

Growth in Job Share: 3231

Percentage of jobs that are remote/hybrid: 11%

Engineers utilise their expertise in mathematics and science to design, develop and evaluate various mechanical, electrical or structural systems.

1. Project manager

Average salary: £45,593

Growth in Job Share: 3,259

Percentage of jobs that are remote/hybrid: 19%

Project managers are typically responsible for leading teams to deliver projects on time, within budget, and in accordance with client specifications.

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Alice is a freelance writer, editor and author of Tattoo Street Style. She’s currently working with the features team at Cosmopolitan UK (across print and digital). She loves writing in long-form, and covers everything from issues and news affecting women to books, health, art and culture. When she’s not working, she’s probs watching reality TV, reading a book or out walking with her dog.

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Kimberley Bond is a Features Writer at Cosmopolitan. After gaining her MA in Magazine Journalism from the University of Sheffield in 2016, Kimberley first started her career as a showbiz and culture writer, where she interviewed A-Listers (and Z-Listers) on red carpets, at awards ceremonies and at parties.

After the pandemic put a hold on the showbiz circuit, Kimberley turned to features and has written for a number of publications including The Independent, The Telegraph, Evening Standard, Stylist and Glamour amongst countless others.

She’s still a complete celebrity gossip hound, and when she’s not scrolling through the sidebar of shame you can find her on X, LinkedIn or in the gym where’s trying and failing to get an arse like JLo.

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