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Revealed: The best-paying jobs for UK graduates - CITY AM

AUGUST 15, 2019

BY  James Warrington 

Five graduates in mortars and gowns holding certificates© Getty Images Five graduates in mortars and gowns holding certificates

With tuition fees on the rise, the prospect of a well-paid graduate role is becoming even more attractive for UK university students.

As thousands of nervous students open their A level results, new data has revealed which degrees promise the biggest pay packets.

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Research by job site Indeed showed vets are the university top dogs, with veterinary science students commanding an average salary of £31,636 on graduation.

Close behind are property management consultants, who enjoy a typical starting salary of £31,362.

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The college degrees that offer the best pay prospects in America are all heavyweight STEM specialties. Graduates who major in these disciplines tend to take home lavish salaries and have little trouble paying off their student loans. Without further ado, here are the 20 disciplines that guarantee the fattest paychecks, according to Payscale's College Salary Report. 

UK’s highest-paid graduate jobs

RankJob TitleAverage Starting Salary
1.Veterinarian£31,636
2.Property Management Consultant £31,362
3.Development Operations Engineer£30,593
4.Senior Structural Engineer£30,168
5.Actuary£30,153
6.Python Developer£29,934
7.Recruiting Coordinator £29,900
8.Full Stack Developer£29,711
9.C++ Developer£29,105
10.Safety Consultant£28,382

The findings also highlight the rapid growth of the UK’s tech sector – and the salaries it is willing to pay to attract top talent – with four of the top 10 best-paying roles in coding and development.

Overall, the UK’s top graduates can expect to enjoy a good salary straight after university, with eight of the top roles paying more than the average UK salary of £29,500 a year.

Selfie for memories. Six with cheerful graduates are posing for a selfie shot.© Getty Images Selfie for memories. Six with cheerful graduates are posing for a selfie shot.

Most prolific graduate employers

RankCompany NameShare of Graduate Jobs (%)
1.Enterprise2.36
2.PWC1.72
3.Rentokil Initial1.56
4.WSP1.29
5.Hastings Direct1.29
6.KPMG1.23
7.Jacobs1.18
8.Explore Learning0.75
9.BDO0.73
10.TMPW for Arup0.64

Global car rental giant Enterprise emerged as the most prolific recruiter of new graduates, accounting for nearly one in 40 job postings on Indeed.

Graduate scheme mainstays PWC and KPMG also made it into the top 10.

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