😯😐😃 Employees’ pay rises will fail to keep pace with inflation this year, leaving households out of pocket just as price rises accelerate. “Real wages” fell by 1.4pc in 2021, the largest slump since 2014, as inflation wiped out a 3.4pc rise in pay, according official data.
😯😐😃 With inflation now standing at 9.1pc, workers are putting further pressure on employers to raise wages.
😯😐😃 Jack Kennedy of the jobs website Indeed said: “While inflation is making life tough for workers, the soaring cost of energy and materials is putting pressure on many businesses’ bottom lines too. This may reduce the ability of many employers to pay their staff more.”
😯😐😃 Regular pay, not including bonuses, fell by 1.2pc over the year to March, when taking account of rampant inflation, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics. However, a handful of occupations have enjoyed huge pay increases over the past year, giving employees in these roles a fighting chance of beating the soaring cost of living.
Best jobs with the biggest pay rises in the UK in 2022
😯😐😃 After two years of pandemic uncertainty and challenging trading conditions, companies are desperate to boost revenues and profits. Employees who can secure new business are in high demand. The average salary advertised for a sales consultant jumped by a fifth to £32,500 in the year to March, according to Indeed. The rise is almost three times more than the 7pc rate of inflation recorded in the same month.
😯😐😃 A wave of resignations and changes to the labour market after Brexit have resulted in an acute shortage of door supervisors and security staff.
😯😐😃 Staff levels are currently 30pc down on the pre-pandemic norm, according to the Night Time Industries Association, and safety concerns mean venues are desperate to fill vacancies. The average pay for a door supervisor has risen by more than 15pc to £13 an hour in the past year.
Line cook and sous chef
😯😐😃 The hospitality industry has been hit hard by staff shortages in the wake of Brexit and successive lockdowns. Employees have ditched the long hours and job insecurity for other careers, meaning restaurants have been willing to pay a premium to staff their kitchens.
😯😐😃 Line cooks are not the highest ranking members of a kitchen, as they tend to prepare food and stock the kitchen, but they are nonetheless in high demand. The advertised salary for this role is now £11 an hour, almost 15pc higher than in March 2021.
😯😐😃 Sous chefs, who are more senior, have seen a similar increase of almost 13pc in their pay; the average restaurant offered £29,000 for this role last month.
😯😐😃 A nationwide shortage of lorry drivers has plagued Britain’s supply chain since the pandemic struck. Both companies and the Government have made desperate attempts to entice new hauliers to the road, promising pay rises, free training and flexible visa rules. Those willing to get behind a wheel have been rewarded. Employers are now offering an average of £15 an hour to HGV drivers – a 13.6pc rise in the past year.
😯😐😃 Job vacancies across the economy rose to a record high of almost 1.3 million in the first three months of this year and the business to fill these roles has boomed. Recruiters are in high demand and pay in the industry has climbed by 12.4pc in the past year, taking the average annual salary to £27,500.