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Health services and public health managers and directors

Average salary: £47,133
Experienced salary: £93,454

Public services associate professionals

Average salary: £36,462
Experienced salary: £51,854

Office managers

Average salary: £29,411
Experienced salary: £51,646

Top jobs in sector

  • Health services and public health managers and directors
    What does this career do?

    Managers and directors in this unit group plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the resources and activities of health care providers and purchasers at both district and unit levels.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £47,133 per year. That is about £3,927 per month, or £23 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £25,730 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £93,454 per year.

  • Leisure and sports managers
    What does this career do?

    Leisure and sports managers organise, direct and co-ordinate the activities and resources required for the provision of sporting, artistic, theatrical and other recreational and amenity services.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £45,094 per year. That is about £3,757 per month, or £22 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £29,578 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £81,515 per year.

  • Waste disposal and environmental services managers
    What does this career do?

    Waste disposal and environmental services managers plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the operations and development of waste disposal and related environmental services facilities within private firms or public authorities.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £39,541 per year. That is about £3,295 per month, or £19 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £24,627 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £75,358 per year.

  • Business and financial project management professionals
    What does this career do?

    Job holders in this unit group manage and oversee major projects across all sectors of modern industry, commerce and the public sector, in areas such as e-commerce, business analysis, finance, product development, marketing, human resources.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £44,470 per year. That is about £3,705 per month, or £21 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £26,291 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £76,606 per year.

  • Business, research and administrative professionals
    What does this career do?

    Workers in this unit group advise on the formulation and implementation of policy in the public and private sectors, develop and implement substantial business, statistical and administrative systems, and perform a variety of functions not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 242: Business, research and administrative professionals.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £41,933 per year. That is about £3,494 per month, or £20 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £25,875 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £65,270 per year.

  • Public relations professionals
    What does this career do?

    Public relations professionals plan, organise and co-ordinate the activities that promote the image and understanding of an organisation and its products or services to consumers, businesses, members of the public and other specified audiences.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £25,979 per year. That is about £2,164 per month, or £12 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £17,014 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £45,115 per year.

  • Public services associate professionals
    What does this career do?

    Public services associate professionals supervise, manage and undertake general administrative work in national and local government departments, organise the activities of local offices of national government departments, and promote the image and understanding of an organisation and its products and services to consumers and other specified audiences.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £36,462 per year. That is about £3,038 per month, or £18 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £25,854 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £51,854 per year.

  • Inspectors of standards and regulations
    What does this career do?

    Inspectors of standards and regulations undertake investigations and inspections to verify and ensure compliance with acts, regulations and other requirements in respect of: buildings; weights, measures and trade descriptions; the installation and safety of electrical, gas and water supplies and equipment; marine pollution, ships’ structures, equipment and accommodation; the treatment of animals; the operation of commercial vehicles; the welfare, health and safety in factories and all work sites subject to the provisions in the Factory Acts.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £29,806 per year. That is about £2,483 per month, or £14 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £21,320 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £44,533 per year.

  • Officers of non-governmental organisations
    What does this career do?

    Officers of non-governmental organisations perform a variety of administrative and clerical tasks in the running of trade associations, employers’ associations, learned societies, trade unions, charitable organisations and similar bodies.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £23,358 per year. That is about £1,946 per month, or £11 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £17,576 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £37,024 per year.

  • Transport and distribution clerks and assistants
    What does this career do?

    Workers in this unit group perform various clerical functions relating to the transport and distribution of goods and freight.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £23,358 per year. That is about £1,946 per month, or £11 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £17,618 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £34,195 per year.

  • Office managers
    What does this career do?

    Office managers plan, organise and co-ordinate the activities and resources of offices within commercial, industrial and other non-governmental organisations and public agencies. (National and local government office managers are classified to unit group 3561: Public services associate professionals.)

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £29,411 per year. That is about £2,450 per month, or £14 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £19,219 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £51,646 per year.

  • Office supervisors
    What does this career do?

    Office supervisors oversee operations and directly supervise and coordinate the activities of those carrying out general administrative and clerical work and performing specialist administrative and clerical duties in relation to finance, records, sales and other services to a variety of commercial, industrial and other non-governmental organisations and public agencies.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £27,331 per year. That is about £2,277 per month, or £13 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £19,157 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £45,718 per year.

  • Telecommunications engineers
    What does this career do?

    Telecommunications engineers install, maintain and repair public and private telephone systems and maintain, test and repair telecommunications cables.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £32,677 per year. That is about £2,723 per month, or £16 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £22,298 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £42,702 per year.

  • Animal care services occupations
    What does this career do?

    Workers in this unit group care for animals held in kennels, stables, zoos and similar establishments, provide specialised training, grooming, clipping and trimming services for animals, and searches for and captures stray or nuisance dogs in public areas and perform a variety of animal care tasks not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 613: Animal Care and Control Services.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £16,328 per year. That is about £1,360 per month, or £8 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £12,480 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £22,755 per year.

  • Construction operatives
    What does this career do?

    Workers in this unit group operate insulating equipment, fix plasterboard or dry linings to ceilings and walls, help construct, maintain, repair and demolish buildings and clean and resurface eroded stonework, lay, join and examine pipe sections for drainage, gas, water or similar piping systems and carry out a variety of other construction operative tasks not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 814: Construction Operatives.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £19,178 per year. That is about £1,598 per month, or £9 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £13,478 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £27,747 per year.

  • Bus and coach drivers
    What does this career do?

    Bus and coach drivers drive road passenger-carrying vehicles such as buses, coaches and mini-buses.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £22,526 per year. That is about £1,877 per month, or £11 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £17,368 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £30,742 per year.

  • Security guards and related occupations
    What does this career do?

    Workers in this unit group protect merchandise, individuals, hotels, offices, factories, public grounds and private estates from injury, theft or damage, and investigate fraud and crime on a non-statutory basis.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £19,822 per year. That is about £1,651 per month, or £10 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £16,931 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £28,829 per year.

  • Parking and civil enforcement occupations
    What does this career do?

    Job holders in this unit group patrol assigned areas to detect and prevent infringements of local parking regulations and control the parking of vehicles in public and private car parks.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £20,904 per year. That is about £1,742 per month, or £10 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £17,618 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £28,746 per year.

  • Elementary security occupations
    What does this career do?

    Workers in this unit group perform a variety of elementary security occupations not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 924: Elementary Security Occupations.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £19,739 per year. That is about £1,644 per month, or £9 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £16,806 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £27,186 per year.

  • Kitchen and catering assistants
    What does this career do?

    Workers in this unit group assist in the preparation and service of food and beverages in restaurants, cafés and other eating establishments, and perform various cleaning, fetching and carrying tasks.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £17,285 per year. That is about £1,440 per month, or £8 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £12,958 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £22,006 per year.

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