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'Brexit Planner' now one of Britain's top new jobs

Anti-Brexit demonstrators wave European Union flags outside the Houses of Parliament. Photo by Dinendra Haria/SOPA Images/LightRocket for Getty Images
Anti-Brexit demonstrators wave European Union flags outside the Houses of Parliament. Photo by Dinendra Haria/SOPA Images/LightRocket for Getty Images

The role of ‘Brexit planner’ has emerged as one of the United Kingdom’s top new jobs, according to a new report.

Brexit planners, blockchain developers and zero-waste consultants are among the roles listed in data from the job search engine Adzuna.

The company analysed job market data to identify hiring levels and year-on-year growth in vacancies, to find the new trends in employment.

It will come as little surprise that Brexit features prominently. Brexit planners and Brexit project managers are second in the list, with half of the 786 jobs based in London. The UK is due to leave the European Union in March 2019 as the government negotiates with the EU and its own parliament.

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Blockchain developer is the most in-demand role and pays the most of the emerging jobs, with the average salary hitting £66,000 ($84,000), after the huge run-up and subsequent crash in the value of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Three quarters of these 1010 jobs are found in London, though there are opportunities in Cambridge for the tech-focused industry.

New job titles found on Adzuna in 2018. Graphic: Adzuna
New job titles found on Adzuna in 2018. Graphic: Adzuna

Environmental and lifestyle preferences are also reflected in the list. As eating habits shift, vegan chefs are in demand in the south-east and London, with 194 live vacancies, and average pay is almost £30,000 a year. A zero-waste consultant earns slightly more at £31,355, though there are only 48 jobs listed by the search engine.

Following plans to produce driverless cars by companies such as Alphabet (GOOG), Tesla (TSLA) and Uber, driverless car sales specialists can earn £42,300 in a growing industry. For now though, there are just 33 roles to be filled.

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Andrew Hunter, co-founder of Adzuna, commented: “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.”

The data shows that software engineers are the most in demand worker for 2019, with 17,887 vacancies currently on the search engine, paying an average salary of £51,300.