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The best 25 jobs in the UK for 2017 identified - ranked on money, satisfaction and opportunity

Getting the job done

Highly skilled workers in the fields of technology and finance will find themselves in greatest demand this year, new research suggests.

Professionals who can apply themselves to roles within tech such as mobile developer, scrum master and data scientist have the best chance of finding work, or a new position for better pay.

Equally, those in the finance sector – such as a tax managers, audit manager or in HR – will also have the best chance to advance their career.

Online jobs portal Glassdoor has revealed its annual jobs report identifying the 25 best jobs in the UK for 2017. Finance manager takes the top spot, ahead of tax manager and design manager.

The top 25 jobs for 2017:

  1. Finance Manager
    Job Score: 4.5
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.7
    Median Base Salary: £68,000
  1. Tax Manager
    Job Score: 4.4
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.8
    Median Base Salary: £59,228
  1. Design Manager
    Job Score: 4.4
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.1
    Median Base Salary: £55,000
  1. Audit Manager
    Job Score: 4.4
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.2
    Median Base Salary: £59,500
  1. HR Manager
    Job Score: 4.4
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.1
    Median Base Salary: £50,000
  1. Data Scientist
    Job Score: 4.4
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.4
    Median Base Salary: £45,000
  1. Supply Chain Manager
    Job Score: 4.3
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.1
    Median Base Salary: £53,000
  1. Solutions Architect
    Job Score: 4.3
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.8
    Median Base Salary: £65,000
  1. Scrum Master
    Job Score: 4.3
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.4
    Median Base Salary: £55,000
  1. Communications Manager
    Job Score: 4.3
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.2
    Median Base Salary: £46,800
  1. Commercial Manager
    Job Score: 4.2
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.6
    Median Base Salary: £65,000
  1. Marketing Manager
    Job Score: 4.2
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.8
    Median Base Salary: £45,000
  1. Operations Manager
    Job Score: 4.2
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.6
    Median Base Salary: £50,000
  1. Risk Manager
    Job Score: 4.2
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.0
    Median Base Salary: £60,000
  1. Site Manager
    Job Score: 4.2
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.7
    Median Base Salary: £45,000
  1. PHP Developer
    Job Score: 4.2
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.0
    Median Base Salary: £34,500
  1. Product Manager
    Job Score: 4.1
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.5
    Median Base Salary: £55,000
  1. Project Engineer
    Job Score: 4.1
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.8
    Median Base Salary: £40,000
  1. Technical Architect
    Job Score: 4.1
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.9
    Median Base Salary: £66,000
  1. Maintenance Manager
    Job Score: 4.1
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.1
    Median Base Salary: £45,000
  1. Payroll Manager
    Job Score: 4.1
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.1
    Median Base Salary: £38,533
  1. Mobile Developer
    Job Score: 4.1
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.6
    Median Base Salary: £52,500
  1. Business Analyst
    Job Score: 4.0
    Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.6
    Median Base Salary: £40,891
Signing on the dotted line: the best jobs in the UK (Getty)

“This report reinforces that the best jobs are highly-skilled and are staying ahead of the growing trend toward workplace automation. The finance and tech industries are well represented on this list, both of which the UK is renowned for,” said Dr Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor chief economist.

“In particular for tech jobs, companies across all industries are hiring workers for these much needed positions. Any organisation today with a mobile app, web presence or digitised data are struggling to fill positions like data scientists, solutions architect and mobile developers.”

The Glassdoor job score is determined using three key factors: earning potential based on median annual base salary, job satisfaction rating and number of job openings. The jobs that made this list stand out across all three categories.

Glassdoor highlights that roles such as HR manager or finance manager are not industry-specific, they are transferrable across business and commerce, which means a greater choice of positions and earning potential.

Finance manager has the highest median annual base salary of £68,000, and scrum master (in 9th spot overall) has the highest job satisfaction rating.