Those working in administration can now expect to earn £27,714 a year as average salaries improved by 24.5% between June 2017 and June 2018, according to research by job search website Adzuna.
The analysis of more than 1.1 million positions being advertised in the UK found that teachers have also gained a pay rise over the past 12 months. Their salaries rose by 15.9% between June 2017 and June 2018 to reach an average annual figure of £31,224, while creative and design positions have a recorded £34,892 as of June 2018; this is a 10% pay increase since June 2017.
The travel sector has also seen a 10% improvement in pay over the last year, with these jobs offering an average annual salary of £28,367. In the energy, oil and gas industry there has been an 8.8% increase to £41,928. This compares to an average salary of £29,362 for charity and voluntary jobs and £43,265 for legal posts; this reflects respective 7.9% and 7.7% pay rises since June 2017.
IT sector roles have recorded a 6.8% average salary increase between June 2017 and June 2018, now totalling £50,749. This compares to £37,209 for consultancy jobs, which is a 5% pay increase since June 2017, and £35,406 for PR roles; this is also a 5% pay rise in the last year.
By comparison, domestic help and cleaning roles have seen pay fall by 21% between June 2017 and June 2018 to reach an average salary of £17,620. Graduate pay has also dropped by 12.7% to £21,206, while logistics and warehouse staff pay has decreased by 5.5% over the last year to £24,081.
Pay for trade and construction posts has decreased by 4.9% between June 2017 and June 2018 for an average salary of £36,725, compared to falls for the hospitality and catering sector (-4%) to £22,137, and science-based jobs (-2.5%), to £37,967. The property sector has a reported 2% fall in average salaries between June 2017 and June 2018 to £30,867, as well as the manufacturing industry, which has a reported 1.1% fall in wages to £27,737.
Sectors that have remained more static in terms of pay include healthcare and nursing, which has a 0.3% pay increase for an average salary of £36,415 as of June 2018, and customer services roles, which have an annual average salary of £21,101; this is a 0.8% pay increase since June 2017.
Doug Monro, co-founder at Adzuna, said: “Salary growth and record high employment show the jobs market is moving in the right direction, but the headline figures mask an uneven picture. Growing areas like the creative industries are a safe salary bet, with wages on their way up. Skills shortages are forcing up salaries in areas like teaching and law, making these attractive options too.
“But sectors like construction are still mired in political uncertainty and the pay on offer in these positions is much lower than a year ago. This makes it all the more important for jobseekers entering the market or looking to move role to do their industry research, or risk pay packet disappointment.”