The average advertised salary in the UK increased by 0.8% from £31,929 in September 2017 to £32,174 in October 2017, according to research by Adzuna.
Its UK job market report: November 2017, which analyses online job vacancy data in the UK from over 500 sources, also found that the average advertised salary in the UK fell by 1.7% between October 2016 and October 2017, while average advertised salaries in Northern Ireland have increased by 6.8% since September 2016.
Average advertised salaries in the UK for jobs in the HR and recruitment sector have increased by 11% over the past 12 months to reach £33,777, compared to the average advertised salary for administration-based roles which stands at £26,543; an increase of 18.5% in the 12 months to October 2017.
Roles in the travel industry have an average advertised UK salary of £26,797, representing an increase of 11.5% over the last 12 months, while average advertised retail salaries have risen by 7.3% in the past year to £25,661.
Average advertised salaries for jobs in the charity and voluntary sector in the UK have increased by 4.7% to £28,720, while creative and design jobs are recording an average advertised salary of £32,606, representing a 3.3% increase over the last 12 months. Meanwhile, average advertised UK salaries for the teaching profession have risen by 3.2% in 12 months to be £26,658, while those working in the domestic and cleaning sector can expect an average advertised salary of £18,104; a decrease of 28.9% in the last year.
Doug Monro, co-founder at Adzuna, said: “The reality is many [employees], in particular those at the bottom end of the pay scale, face tougher times ahead despite efforts to improve conditions such as raising the national minimum wage. Indeed, such measures can sometimes have the unintended consequences of employers deciding they no longer need people in such roles.
“The focus needs to remain on protecting [employees’] rights and providing a stable and secure working environment to give jobseekers and employees looking for flexible work, the opportunity to obtain secure incomes. As the growth of the gig economy continues, the need to protect workers’ rights is as important as ever.”