Hays reveals the list of top ten jobs for 2020

New research, by leading recruiting experts Hays and based on a survey of over 31,500 respondents, provides a good indication about the vast number of opportunities available this year. Over half (55%) of UK workers plan to look for a new job in the coming year as over a third of staff (37%) say there is no scope for progression within their current organisation, according to the Hays Salary & Recruiting Trends 2020 guide.

Hays has also revealed the top roles that employers are looking for in 2020. The roles that make up the top ten list are commanding above average salary increases as skills shortages mean employers are struggling to find the talent they need. Is your job on the most wanted list?

Top 10 jobs for 2020

  1. BI analyst
  2. DevOps engineer
  3. Finance manager
  4. Software developer 
  5. Quantity surveyor
  6. Management accountant
  7. Project and change managers
  8. Digital marketing managers
  9. Automation engineer
  10. Auditor

Simon Winfield, Managing Director of Hays UK & Ireland, commented:

“It’s clear from our list for 2020 that technology and digitally focused jobs will continue to be in demand given the widespread digital transformation projects, which continue to shape both our personal and work lives. Roles such as project and change managers are also highly sought after to help support organisations to implement and lead change projects.

Within accountancy, technical finance and managerial roles will be a priority for employers when hiring as organisations continue to tighten financial controls. In engineering, automation engineers are now frequently sought after outside of the general manufacturing industry and into the retail, FMGC and pharmaceutical industries.

Even if your job doesn’t feature on our list, take some time to re-evaluate your options and see where you could take your career in 2020. Employers are heavily prioritising good soft skills alongside technical ability, so bear in mind how you could improve your communication, problem-solving and adaptability skills to propel your job search into this year and beyond.”




For more information contact:

Helen Flannery, PR Manager, Hays

T: +44 (0) 203 0400 282

E:  helen.flannery@hays.com


About the research

The survey was conducted in Summer 2019 and received 31,598 responses. It was completed by professionals from the UK working across a range of industry sectors. 11,047 of the respondents were deemed to be “employers” and 20,551 were deemed to be “employees”.


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