UK's highest paying industries for graduate jobs

IT jobs pay the most for graduate roles. Photo: Caspar Camille Rubin/Unsplash

Not all graduate roles are equal, some fetch far more pay than others.

Data from job board CV-Library shows you could earn about £7,000 more working in the IT, engineering or property sector than in recruitment or education.

IT is UK’s number one industry for graduate pay, with a median salary of £25,519. Engineering and property are close runners-up, paying £24,786 and £24,382 a year, respectively.

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Consultancy and sales make the top five, with respective salaries of £24,250 and £23,117.

Marketing is at number six, paying about £22,145, while those who go into customer service can expect to earn about £21,583.

Recruitment pays £20,341, while education gets into top 10 with £18,908.

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Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library, said: “It’s no surprise that the most skilled and technical industries command the highest salaries, especially for new graduates.

“These positions are hotly contested ... so it’s essential that you do your best to stand out,” he added.

Data also shows that the highest-paying roles, such as those in sales and IT, are most frequent in the market currently.

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The sales industry has the highest number of listings on CV-Library, with a 24% share, followed by recruitment at 16%, IT at 13%, engineering at 8% and marketing at 7%.

“However, with a higher salary comes more applicants,” Biggins said.

“Do your research and don’t apply for the sake of it. Polish your CV and cover letter to give yourself the best chance of progressing to an interview and ultimately landing the job!”