Hays publishes hot list for working roles in New Year.

Top ten jobs for 2020.

Research from Hays has forecast the most popular roles in the economy for the next 12 months. As many workers head back to the office after a Christmas break, it’s also a prime time for people to start thinking about their career prospects for the year ahead. Understanding which employers are recruiting and where the opportunities lie is essential for any job seeker.

The research is based on a survey of over 31,500 respondents, offering a good indication about the vast number of opportunities available this year. Over half (55 per cent) of UK workers plan to look for a new job in the coming year as over a third of staff (37 per cent) 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:


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


“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,” comments Simon Winfield, managing director of Hays UK & Ireland. “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.

Employers are heavily prioritising good soft skills alongside technical ability,” adds Winfield, “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.”

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