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New report reveals the UK’s highest-paying graduates roles

Published: Thursday, 04 August 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

A new report has revealed that analysts, consultants and software engineers earn the highest graduate salaries in the UK.

The first-of-its-kind report from Glassdoor has found the top three most lucrative graduate roles all pay above the UK’s national average salary of £27,600, with the most lucrative role paying £34,000.

Graduates who can find jobs as analysts, consultants and software engineers have the potential to earn at least £28,000.

Knowledge is power

The report revealed that recruitment consultant and management trainees can expect to earn £20,000 in their first graduate role, £14,366 less than an analyst can expect to make.

In terms of other roles, structural engineers can expect to earn £24,993 while civil engineers and software developers earn £25,000 and £26,000 respectively. Mechanical engineers have an average salary of £26,949 and engineers slightly less at £26,500.

Jon Ingham, careers and workplace expert at Glassdoor, believes knowledge is power when it comes to job-hunting and urged graduates to think deeper than just the monthly wage. He said they should also focus on what the culture is like, what competitive benefits and perks are on offer, and whether or not they offer training or mentoring.

Mr Ingham, said: “With millions of final year students graduating this summer, we have now identified where some of the UK’s best young talent can earn the most in what is an extremely competitive entry-level market.”

Meeting salary expectations

The new research coincides with a report from Reed earlier this year which found that salary expectations among new graduates have increased by 37% over the last five years.

The average salary expectation is £28,362, only 1.4% higher than the actual starting salary, suggesting students are almost on the money when it comes to evaluating their worth.

Previously, graduates had actually begun undervaluing themselves, with those who graduated in 2012 expecting to take home just £20,664 after finishing university, nearly one-fifth below the actual starting salaries that were on offer, £25,357.

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