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How to Find a High Paying Job in London UK

Updated on November 1, 2018
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Ms. Inglish is a successful Employment & Training pro, setting Midwest regional records with tens of thousands placed in gainful employment.

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Search Engines and Salary Ranges

As in America, online job search engines seem to have become increasingly popular and in London and surrounding areas. Several such job search engines are described below.

Note: Any readers that have knowledge of additional job search engines or other London job resources are invited to list them in the comments section.

Other avenues of job search for higher paying jobs in London include

  1. Employment Recruiters
  2. Newspaper and other Classified Ads
  3. Government sponsored Job Centres
  4. Some individual company website listings.In addition, networking among business and work contacts may prove the best source of job information.

It is difficult to find the highest paying jobs in London with a simple online search engine available, unlike with American job boards and

In order to better use any of the job search sites and resume posting boards below, please see the following 61-page salary survey for employment categories and job titles in the UK: Salary Survey by Robert Walters. Job titles and categories in London specifically are examined early on in the document on Page 3. Review the job titles and match them to the findings shown below, derived from SimplyHired UK.

An Example

Data detailed from the report at the above link, Page 3, heading: Project Management/Business Analysis:
  • Project Mgr/Business Analyst (8yrs' experience) - £100k+/year
  • 5-8 yrs' experience - 80 to 110k
  • 3-5 yrs' experience - 60 to 80k
  • 0 - 3 yrs' experience - 54 to 65k

A job seeker may review the information from the 2009 Salary Survey and search the document online for 1) high paying jobs and 2) any of the Top 15 Jobs provided by SimplyHired UK, below, as found on their database.

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Related Job Titles

  1. Senior Planner
  2. Programme Manager
  3. Senior Design Manager
  4. Commercial Manager
  5. Product Manager
  6. Customer Relationship Marketing Manager
  7. Finance Manager
  8. Real Estate Solicitor
  9. PMO Manager
  10. Quant Team Lead
  11. Procurement Manager
  12. Financial Accountant
  13. Sales Director
  14. IT Risk Manager
  15. Financial Accountant
  16. Financial Controller

Highest Paying Jobs, £100,000 and Over

The highest paying jobs in London are largely located in East and Southwest London and at these companies:

  1. Mode Medical Recruitment
  2. Hays
  3. iKas International
  4. Michael Page UK
  5. Project Resource
  6. Alexander Ash
  7. Nicoll Curtin
  8. Aston Carter
  9. Mackenzie Stuart
  10. Annapurna HR
  11. Hydrogen Group
  12. Legal Works Recruitment
  13. Randstad Financial and Professional
  14. Morgan McKinley

SimplyHired UK

SimplyHired UK is a leading online job search engine that provides lists of job openings in London. Aside from the actual job descriptions, SimplyHired UK offers additional information by which jobs can be sorted for convenience. These sorting categories include:

  • Company Name: A home website may be applied within the job listings of some companies, providing a convenient method for researching the employer before applying for a position and requesting an employment interview.
  • Location: This category breaks available jobs down into city sections (London) and even additional nearby cities.
  • Job Type: This category is broken down into Permanent, Full-Time, Temporary, Contract Work, Part-Time, Internships, Volunteer (non-paid), Seasonal,
  • Education: from some Secondary School to Doctorates and Professional Degrees. For the purposes of finding the highest-paid position in London, the highest education levels would be a good place to start looking. SimplyHired UK does not categorize jobs according to salary ranges as some American job search engines do.
  • Work Experience: 0 to 2 years to 15+ years.
  • Date Posted: From the last 24 hours, 7 days, 14 days, and 30 days.
  • Employer or Recruitment Agency

Educational Levels

The highest numbers of jobs available on SimplyHired UK on the above date fell into the following educational requirements:

  1. Bachelor's Degree
  2. A-Level or equivalent
  3. Professional
  4. Master's Degree
  5. Vocational and HND/HNC or equivalent

Few jobs are available for individuals with less than completion of secondary school. The college and professional degrees would likely result in higher incomes overall, while a job search by educational level would help to pinpoint higher salaries.

Jobs Increase at SimplyHired UK for London

Example: 2009 compared with 2014 job listings

  • Number of jobs open within 25 km of London: 104,702; increased to
    521,370 in May 2014.
  • Number of Jobs within 15 km of London: 99, 048; increased to 467,000+
  • Number of Jobs within 5 km of London: 94,840; increased to 453,000+
  • The bulk of available jobs in this area appear to be in London itself: 84,179; increased to 442,500+

Interestingly, the bulk of employment openings advertise a requirement for 2-5 years of work experience in this batch of job listings. The second largest category is in the requirement of 0 to 2 years for work experience, a more entry-level classification of employment.

Top Hiring Firms

  1. Work Search
  2. UKStaffSearch
  3. Academics
  4. CV-Library
  5. Michael Page International
  6. Medacs Healthcare
  7. Hays Specialist Recruitment
  8. HCL Permanent
  9. Intelligent People
  10. Jobs Network
  11. Hays
  12. Huxley Associates
  13. Careworx
  14. Computer Futures
  15. Real Staffing
  16. Project Resource
  17. Perfect Placement
  18. Randstad
  19. Explore Group
  20. Aston Carter

Highest Demand London Jobs Through 2020

  1. Business Development Manager
  2. Project Manager
  3. Account Manager
  4. Business Analyst
  5. Quantity Surveyor
  6. Management Accountant
  7. Sales Executive
  8. Marketing Manager
  9. Senior Quantity Surveyor
  10. Java Developer
  11. Finance Manager
  12. Business Development Executive
  13. Sales Manager
  14. Recruitment Consultant
  15. Senior Account Manager
  16. Accounts Assistant
  17. Senior Project Manager
  18. Front End Developer
  19. Site Manager
  20. English Teacher

Trovit Jobs

Trovit Jobs is a larger job board that listed over 206,000 jobs for London in October 2018.Major companies offering many jobs on this site include:

  1. Jobs as teachers and instructors in a number of firms
  2. Engineers in a number of companies
  3. KMPG: Auditing and related
  4. Harnham: Date and analytics
  5. London Company: Investment Advisors
  6. Oliver Bernard: Technologies
  7. PWC: Audits and related
  8. Hays: Employment Agency
  9. Marriott: Hotels and resorts
  10. Cedar: Smart Content Marketing


LondonUKJobs.Com is an online job search engine that provides job postings for the London area. On the date upon which the example from SimplyHired UK was taken, LondonJobsUK.Com listed 12,775 job openings in London.

Job openings are arranged by Industry Clusters on this job listings site and can be searched by these large categories. Summer jobs and part-time jobs are listed as well in their own categories. No provision is made to categorize jobs by job title, salary, or educational level, so a job seeker must look through the lists in each category. However, a job seeker may apply for many of these jobs online and post a resume. A "Job Wanted" feature is also offered, in which a job seeker can advertise for a job. Some of the job listings on this site seem to have been open for several months and may or may not be yet requiring job candidates.

Jobsite UK

Jobsite is another large job search board for London and offers job listings that can be arranged in listings according to date posted, salary (high to low), and job descriptions.

Jobsite offered over 5,000 employment openings within 20 miles of London on the same date that the two job sites above were accessed. The highest salaries on this date were offered for these positions and others similar to them:

  • Key Account Director: £50k - £65k pw (per week)
  • Transportation Refrigeration Engineer: £25k - £35k pw + van + ph
  • Lead Acturary: £800-£1200 per day
  • Financial Engineer: £600 pa (per annum/per year)
  • Business Analysts: £400 - £600 pa


This is a UK website much like the American Craigslist. It is an online community for each of several cities and offers a section for employment openings.

During September 2016, Gumtree listed 22,698 jobs open for London and over 30,000 listings in October 2018.

Several categories of jobs are listed and Gumtree includes Voluntary positions, "Work Wanted", Part-Time, Job Training, Student & Graduate, and other categories as well. There is no provision for searching by salary.

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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Job listings for London, England have increased by 500% to over 521,000 positions advertized.

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      Job Search UK 

      9 years ago

      Latest London news, business, sport, showbiz and entertainment from the London Evening Standard.



      Job Search UK

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      john nixon 

      9 years ago

      Good post and surely will help those looking for jobs in London.

    • Descartes profile image


      10 years ago from grand prairie

      Good Hub, anyone looking for work in London can use all the help they can get.

    • shanlondon profile image


      10 years ago from London

      Readers can also try for bilingual jobs in London, UK

    • LeanMan profile image


      10 years ago from At the Gemba

      The problem with getting a well paying job in london is that you will also be paying high levels of tax and the living expenses within london are huge...

      You can find just as well paying jobs out of london with lower expenses and less stress for travelling..

      That is if there are any jobs left before they close the UK! - I left 3 years ago and have not returned..

    • mike1242 profile image


      10 years ago from London

      Nice information, have noted a few names down, thanks

    • Charles James profile image

      Charles James 

      10 years ago from Portugal

      One of my careers is as a specialist UK immigration solicitor. Be aware that it is a criminal offence to work or to be self employed in the UK unless you are the right nationality or have an immigration status that allows you to work. It is also an offence to employ an immigrant without jumping through the right hoops, so employers check your immigration status carefully.

      I am not in practice at the moment, so I can be pretty unbiased about what lawyer you should go to. My strong advice is to look at which is a directory of leading lawyers. Lawyers cannot buy their way in - they can only get in by their peers saying they are good.

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      Best CD Rates 

      11 years ago

      This is great information. The links you have provided here are useful and it would surely going to help many people here. Here i can see jobs are with high salaries and good profile.

    • ciidoctor profile image


      11 years ago

      very nice thnx

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      11 years ago


      doesn't look like its so hard to get a job in London like weve been made to believe,

      Here in Nigeria, cos of the high unemployment rate, You need to visit sites like to get job updates.

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      11 years ago

      i think i have heard about another big job site for london.. or , it has good information..

    • Pseudonymous profile image


      11 years ago

      Great hub, thanks.

    • johnuy168 profile image


      11 years ago from World Wide Web

      By any chance you know any online job search engine which offers virtual work? Companies or individual employers from UK searching for virtual assistants/employees?

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      11 years ago

      You can try also and search internationally

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      I hope someone can use the information. Thanks!

    • creativeone59 profile image

      Benny Faye Ashton Douglass 

      11 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Hey, fantastic job search hub. creativeone59


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