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The top 10 roles to see the highest salary gains in 2016

While overall salaries are predicted to rise by an average of 3% across the board in 2016, compared to last year’s figure of 2.6%, there are some roles expecting to outshine the average and receive around double that with rises of between 5.7% and 7.4%.

The top 10 roles in full

1. Mobile applications developer 7.4%

&pound32,500 - &pound61,500

As well as providing games to play on smartphones, mobile applications developers are in huge demand to build apps for companies to provide access to information and services, notably banks and retailers.

2. Web developer 7.3%

&pound36,500 - &pound55,000

Talented developers are invaluable to companies who need to maintain a resilient, secure and user friendly website for customers and partners. 

3. Junior compliance associate 6.8%

&pound22,500 - &pound36,500

Regulatory compliance is top of the agenda for all organisations and will only continue to grow in importance, putting a premium on experts who can help guarantee their employers stick to the rules.

4. Information security manager 6.6%

&pound63,250 - &pound97,000

2015 saw its fair share of security breaches and cyberattacks on some of the UK’s best-known consumer brands – it’s not surprising that information security professionals are in huge demand.

5. Operation risk manager 5.7% 

&pound53,500 - &pound90,500

Responsible for internal controls covering structure, systems, people, products or processes, operation risk managers are invaluable professionals across all industry sectors.

6. Financial Controller 3.9%

&pound76,500 - &pound104,500

Attracting the highest salary band of the top 10, financial controllers are the lynchpins of every organisation and oversee the number-crunching and reporting that ensure businesses are both compliant and solvent.

7. Senior Finance Manager 3.7%

&pound54,250 - &pound64,750

The most in-demand senior finance managers will have three years post qualification experience and be responsible for budgeting and forecasting – essential tasks in organisations rebuilding their profitability and productivity.

8. Financial Business Partner 3.6%

&pound47,000 - &pound59,750

Financial business partners with the ability to analyse trends and provide growth predictions in a way that the rest of the organisation will understand are in high demand. As financial management is about so much more than bean counting, financial business partners who can communicate well with the rest of the organisation are in high demand.

9. Regulatory Accountant 3.5%

&pound55,250 - &pound78,500

Responsible for completing financial reports to regulatory bodies, regulatory accountants play a key role in ensuring that companies remain fully compliant. 

10. Qualified Management/Financial Accountant 3.5%

&pound44,500 - &pound59,750

Trained management accountants who are able to advise and steer businesses finances to meet their business objectives will continue to be in demand in 2016.

Phil Sheridan, senior managing director at Robert Half UK, commented, “The greatest salary increases are a clear indication of where the imbalance between supply and demand is highest. This is creating upward pressure on salaries for hard to fill roles such as applications developers, compliance experts and information security managers who are so essential to organisations operating in today’s fast-evolving yet tightly regulated commercial environment. Employers are having to move quickly to secure the best candidates and are offering other benefits to attract top professionals such as flexible working, annual leave and career breaks.”



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