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Brexit Planner and vegan chef are top emerging job roles

Andrew Hunter

Live vacancy data reveals job roles that 2018’s top emerging job roles with Blockchain Developer and Brexit Planner revealed as some of the most in-demand additions.

New job titles also added to the list include Driverless Car Salesman and Vegan Chef. Contributor Andrew Hunter, co-founder – Adzuna.

New data reveals “Blockchain Developer” and “Brexit Planner” are riding the list as some of the most-in demand emerging roles of 2018, according to research by job search-engine

According to the data, there are 1,010  live vacancies for roles with “Blockchain” in the title, boasting a large average salary of £66,000, and there 786 live job roles with “Brexit” in the title offering a considerable average salary of £52,000.

The study analysed Adzuna’s comprehensive job market data by looking at hiring levels and year-on-year vacancy growth, to identify the most critical hiring sectors of 2018 – and the UK’s five most in demand job roles.

Looking to ride the change Blockchain Developer is the top emerging role, offering the largest salary at over £66,000. Perhaps unsurprisingly three quarters of these roles are based in London, however hubs are forming in areas such as Cambridge.

With Brexit calamity taking hold this year many businesses are seeking professional assistance to ride the change, as a result Brexit Planners and Brexit Project Managers come in at second position, with nearly half (336) of these positions based in London.

As Veganism continues to sweep the nation, other brand new job role on the list includes Vegan Chef. In line with increasing demand for Vegan-friendly food preparation, this role commands an average salary of nearly £30,000, with all live vacancies situated in London and the South East.

Additionally, with sustainability moving front of mind for businesses in the UK a ‘Zero Waste Consultant’ role has emerged this year. It doesn’t sound glamourous, but this meaningful work promises an average salary of £31,355.

Technology has also played a role in the birth of brand new job titles this year. Technological advancements in the transport industry have put Driverless Car Sales Specialists in the fast lane. Still a new role in itself, the average driverless car salesman can expect to earn £42,300 in an industry that is only forecast to grow in coming years.

The wider Tech sector has had a strong 2018, with vacancy levels growing 7.5 percent year-on year from 82,899 to 89,182 jobs. Adzuna anticipates an even faster rate of hiring in 2019, with IT vacancies looking set to top 100,000 next year. Web Designers and Product Managers are also in strong demand, with competition for candidates driving up pay levels. Average wages in tech have grown from £49k to £51.5k in 2018 and look set to reach new highs in 2019.

Adzuna’s data also reveals that Software Engineers, with 17,887 vacancies currently available and average pay of £51,300, are the most in-demand job role for 2019. This is shortly followed by Quantity Surveyors with 8,882 opportunities currently available, and average salaries of £51,000 and Automation Engineer, where 2,900 vacancies are currently on offer and salaries average £48,000.

Andrew Hunter, co-founder of Adzuna, comments: “It’s always fascinating to see how developments in the political and technological world are impacting vacancies. As Brexit suddenly became a reality this year, many businesses are bolstering plans for the future through the guidance of a Brexit Planner or Brexit Project Manager.

 Issues and trends such as sustainability and veganism have also had a profound impact on the job market, and it’s pleasing to see how brand new job roles have been created to serve demand in these areas. Job roles come and go, but some of the new roles we have seen emerging this year, such as those in the driverless car industry are especially interesting, and could prove an excellent career choice as these industries continue to thrive”

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