The top 10 industries for a pay rise in 2018

  7th February 2018       Hannah Hashtroudi
 Accounting & Finance, Employment, Executive Search, Human Resources, IT & Software Solutions, Job Seeking Resources, Office & Commercial, Recruitment, Temps

If you are searching for a new job this January that pays more than your current salary, there is good news to support your career move according to new data from independent job board, CV-Library. The survey uncovered the key industries across the UK that saw advertised pay soar in 2017, making them the top sectors if you’re looking for a pay-rise this year.

The data analysed average advertised salaries in the UK’s key industries in 2017, compared with 2016, and found that the top ten industries for a pay rise in 2018 are:

Hospitality – pay up 10.4%

Automotive – pay up 10.2%

Agriculture – pay up 9.5%

Property – pay up 8.5%

Retail – pay up 8.1%

Media – pay up 7.5%

Design – pay up 7.5%

Construction – pay up 6.9%

Charity – pay up 6.6%

IT – pay up 5.1%


Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, commented: “These industries are central to the UK economy’s success and it’s clear that more competition for talent has driven many employers to push up their pay packets in 2017. Interestingly, some of these industries are ones that could be struggling because of a lack of EU workers – agriculture and hospitality for example are heavily reliant on this labour, which could explain why higher pay is being offered.”


Some more good news, the creation of jobs across some of the UK’s key industries continues to rise noticeably with the manufacturing, property and automotive industries at the forefront of the trend. Advertised jobs rose significantly in the following sectors:

Manufacturing – jobs up 22.9%

Property – jobs up 18%

Automotive – jobs up 17.3%

Social Care – jobs up 17%

Agriculture – jobs up 13.9%

Engineering – jobs up 10.8%

Construction – jobs up 10%

Recruitment – jobs up 9.6%

Design – jobs up 9.2%

Finance – jobs up 7.6%


Biggins continues: “January is always a great time to look for a new job. Many businesses across the UK will have unlocked their budgets for 2018, making them ready to strengthen their workforce. If you’re currently looking to earn more, or find work in a sector which is booming, this data could be all you need to help make that all-important career change.”

If you are looking to change careers or need help finding a new role for 2018, Bond Williams can help with your job search. Give us a call on 01202 233777 to speak to our consultants about our latest vacancies in Office & Commercial, HR, IT, and Accounting & Finance.

Hannah Hashtroudi

Principal Recruitment Consultant

Hannah is a specialist in the Office & Commercial sector. Dedicated, hardworking and motivated, Hannah thrives on sourcing and placing the best talent from SME’s through to large blue chip companies across the region and in London. Hannah has grown an enviable reputation for sourcing high level senior appointments together …

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