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Revealed: The £40k jobs that don’t require a degree

Photographers and plumbers are the top-earning UK jobs which don’t need a degree qualification, according to new research.

Adzuna analysed over 890,000 job vacancies on its site in March and found more than 138,000 advertised roles which do not require a degree or higher education qualification.

The top-paying role was photographer, with an average advertised salary of £44,015 across 4,002 vacancies, while plumbers could earn an average of £40,028 across 3,718 listings, showing workers don’t need to shell out on costly university tuition fees to earn a substantial salary.

Lower-educated workers have been some of the hardest hit by the pandemic, bearing the brunt of increasing job competition from graduates and other higher-skilled workers, fuelled by rising redundancies and high unemployment levels.

Demand for hospitality workers

But prospects for job seekers without a formal education are looking up. With pubs and restaurants set to reopen, the top role was for waiters, with 21,492 advertised vacancies, as well as 6,530 chef openings, and 438 bartender positions. Meanwhile, as offices and non-essential retailers prepare to re-open, expert cleaners remain in demand (11,853 openings).

Meanwhile, the recent lockdown DIY boom has driven demand for skilled trades, including 13,412 electrician job vacancies, 5,924 labourer openings, 3,718 plumber roles, 3,025 carpenter positions and 1,565 job vacancies for painters and decorators.

The pandemic has also stoked demand for warehouse, logistics and e-commerce roles. The increase in online shopping has created jobs for warehouse operatives (7,285 openings), couriers (8,602 openings), and HGV drivers (9,526 roles). 

“The pandemic has been particularly tough on non-graduate jobseekers who’ve had to jostle with furloughed workers, recent graduates and the newly redundant to try and secure work,” said Andrew Hunter, co-founder of Adzuna. “But the jobs market has turned a corner for those without a degree. As restrictions lift and the country moves towards opening up, hiring is increasing in non-specialist roles, with a boom in demand for skilled trades, cleaners and hospitality workers.

“Meanwhile, initiatives like the UK Government’s Kickstart Scheme are encouraging more companies to upskill younger workers on the job, rather than look to hire specialists, which could be a way into white-collar work for those who opted against higher education.”

Adzuna: The top 10 UK Jobs that don’t require a degree

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