Highest Paid Unskilled Jobs in the UK

Before knowing about various unskilled jobs offered in the UK, let’s first try to understand what the term “unskilled job” means. A professional job that does not require any certificate, degree or a special skill to enter into the workforce is referred to as an “Unskilled Job”.  Have you acquired a bachelor’s or master’s degree? Have you done a certificate course? If your answers to both of the questions is NO, then there is no need to ease your mind.

It’s good to know  that there are various sectors in the UK which provide jobs for unskilled persons. Also you love to hear that these are not only low position jobs. Rather, many of the positions are in huge demand. You will get ample opportunities to grow in these jobs.

So without waiting one more second, let us introduce you to those high paid unskilled jobs.

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1. Mining Construction

For a mining construction job, you definitely do not require a degree. You will have to operate things like bulldozers and other heavy vehicles or machinery. For this, you may need to get a specialised licence. Also, experience is not mandatory for some entry-level jobs. But it will prove to be very beneficial if you have worked as a manual labour or in building work ever before. The average pay in this job is 56,260 pound sterling.

2. House Manager

You may wonder why the job of house manager is included in the list of high paying jobs. You will get your answer as soon as you opt for it. Thinking that a home servant cannot earn that much of money is absolutely wrong as one can earn upto 150,000 pound sterling per year. How much you will be paid totally depends on your role in the house. You can be a         gardener, cleaner, dish-washer etc.. Sometimes you will get extra tips to be loyal towards your work. If you work very honestly and perfectly then there are high chances that you will be ranked up to a butler or even to a house manager. The only things  you just need for this job are patience, hard-working attitude and determination to succeed at the work you are performing.

3. Commodities Trader

Commodities trader job is a good alternative to graduation. There are so many people who instead of going to university opt for this job. The reason is that it is a well paid job and requires only school qualification. In Particular, you must be good at mathematics. Different industries give different roles to a commodity trader. So it’s better to check the required essential qualification for the role you want to apply for. As we have already mentioned that you will get diverse opportunities to grow, this field offers courses for the ones who desire to become bond traders. The average salary of a commodities trader is 53,003 pound sterling.

4. Marketing

All marketing jobs do not need a college degree. If your mind is full of creativity and innovative ideas then this job best suits you. In this job you will get enough opportunities to progress your career. You can go upto senior position if you work hard. First of all you have to do an internship, then after working for a few years you can become a researcher. After that depending on your interest and determination reach upto head of marketing or marketing executive position. In the very beginning, you will get 18,000 pounds sterling. In a senior role one can earn in the range of 40,000 – 50,000 pounds sterling.

5. Emergency Services

This job is for the ones who love to take risks. The requirements of emergency services are somehow different than all other jobs in the list. First you need to be physically fit. Secondly you have the ability to face the bad to worst situations calmly and make right decisions under  stressful situations. For every post like a firefighter or a police officer you will have to pass a written exam. The average salary of a person in this job is 32,500 pound sterling.

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6. Journalist

It may be shocking for you to know that it is not compulsory to have a degree to become a journalist. But you must have good speaking and writing skills. Other than this you are able to find a good story. Your inspiration can be the two famous journalists – Julie Burchill and Caitlin Moran, the former hasn’t acquired any university degree and the latter hasn’t taken any formal education. The average wages for a journalist is 30,998 pound sterling.

7. Prison Officer

Prison officer is one of the best options for people who do not want to continue their studies after school. Yes, it’s true that you may have to face certain challenges during the job but I think you will prepare yourself before going to it.  Requirements for the job are very simple. You should be 18 years or older. Obviously, you must be physically fit. You will also have to pass the Prison Officer Selection Test. You must be good at maths, reading and writing. At entry level you will be paid approximately 18,720 pound sterling. But at senior level one can earn upto 33,000 pound sterling.

8. Personal Assistant

To become a personal assistant either for an individual or for a company does not require a degree. But your personality must have some special attributes such as being balanced, optimistic and organised. You have the ability to simultaneously handle several deadlines very smartly. P.A. of an individual such as of a  CEO paid much more salary than of a company P.A. But be ready to spend your time on your boss’s work instead of utilising it for your own needs.

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We have numerous live examples of successful people who haven’t acquired a college degree such as Gautam Adani, Michael Dell, Mark Zuckerberg and the biggest one Bill Gates. Hope you now believe that getting a job without a degree is not a difficult task. Go for any of the above mentioned jobs and earn good money

Disha Verma is a Mass Media student from International School of Business & Media (ISBM). She lives in Maharastra, India and loves to write articles about Internet & Social Media. When she is not writing, you can find her hanging out with friends in the coffee shop downstreet or reading novels in the society park.