Hays reveals the top ten jobs for 2024

Hays, the leading specialist in workforce solutions and recruitment, has revealed the top ten jobs set to continue to increase in demand into 2024.

The top ten list is based on demand from employers and job listings across the UK, and the roles included are commanding above average pay increases. The list comes as over half of workers (51%) say they intend to look for a new job next year, according to the Hays Salary & Recruiting Trends guide 2024, which surveyed over 14,000 professionals and employers.

Of the workers who are not planning on changing jobs in the next year (49%), nearly half (47%) say could be tempted to do so by a higher salary and improved benefits package. 

Jobs featured in the top ten list include qualified social workers who continue to be in demand due to the increased and complex care needs across the UK. Other roles included on the list are cyber security managers as organisations look to keep the threat of cyber-attacks at bay. 

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Simon Winfield, CEO of Hays UK and Ireland, commented: “As we head into the New Year, despite economic challenges, there remains just shy of one million unfilled jobs in the UK – leaving lots of opportunity for those who want to make their next career move.


The roles featured on our list are at the top of employers wish lists up and down the country as many struggle not only to attract staff, but also to retain them due to high competition for skills.

If you’re thinking about a move in 2024 – it’s good news as employers are much more willing to hire based on skills and aptitude, rather than just experience and qualifications. When applying for roles and in an interview setting, make sure to highlight the skills you’ve gained and how you might develop them further – it doesn’t matter if you can’t tick every box on a job description.”

About the research: The survey was conducted between the 10th of August – 11th September 2023 and received 14,915 responses. 

About the salary collection: The salary data was compiled using information gathered during 2023 from Hays offices across the UK, and is based on job listings, job offers and candidate registrations. 

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Helen Flannery
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About Hays

Hays plc (the "Group") is the world’s leading specialist in workforce solutions and recruitment, such as RPO and MSP. The Group is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide, being the market leader in the UK, Germany and Australia and one of the market leaders in Continental Europe, Latin America and Asia. The Group operates across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments. As at 30 June 2023, the Group employed over 13,000 staff operating from 252 offices in 33 countries. For the year ended 30 June 2023:

  • the Group reported net fees of £1,294.6 million and operating profit of £197.0 million;
  • the Group placed around 76,800 candidates into permanent jobs and around 245,000 people into temporary roles;
  • 15% of Group net fees were generated in Australia & New Zealand, 30% in Germany, 21% in United Kingdom & Ireland and 34% in Rest of World (RoW);
  • the temporary placement business represented 57% of net fees and the permanent placement business represented 43% of net fees;
  • Technology is the Group’s largest division, with 26% of net fees, while Accountancy & Finance (15%) and Engineering (10%), are the next largest
  • Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, UAE, the UK and the USA
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