2019 Salary Guide

Your definitive guide to remuneration and recruitment trends for the UK

The Robert Half Salary Guide is your comprehensive guide to competitive, confident hiring for the year ahead. Based on interviews with 200 CFOs, 100 CIOs, 300 hiring managers and 2,000 professionals from across the UK, it provides an extensive overview of the key trends affecting hiring in 2019.

  • Salary ranges for 270 jobs
  • Most in-demand positions & skills
  • Hiring market trends per sector
  • Key retention and development strategies
  • Trends in remuneration packages and starting salaries

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Businesses are still struggling to find and secure top talent

The UK hiring market has become vastly more competitive in the last five years. As the world-wide talent shortage rages on, 82% of UK hiring managers claim they struggle to find qualified professionals and 78% state they aren’t able to secure them. Download the Salary Guide to find out how to plan a more effective hiring strategy for 2019.

The rise of the flexible recruitment strategy

A distinct lack of digital and technical skills is threatening to hinder business growth plans, prompting UK hiring managers to embrace a flexible recruitment strategy. To ensure they have requisite skill sets within teams, 51% of hiring managers plan to hire permanent employees and 37% will hire temporary employees. Find out how a flexible recruitment strategy can be beneficial for your recruitment plans in 2019.

Employee training is a key element in workplace happiness

For today’s employees, workplace benefits are more than monetary—training and development are key to how satisfied they are with a role. More than three in four (76%) hiring managers have had an employee leave the organisation because their training request was not accepted. Discover how to factor training into your 2019 retention plan and download the latest Salary Guide.

Voluntary staff turnover continues to increase

In the last three years, 61% of hiring managers say that voluntary employee turnover has increased significantly and 55% expect the increase to continue over the next three years. Find out how to improve retention and what makes employees happy at work when you download the 2019 Salary Guide.

As the war for talent is expected to intensify, employers are embracing two main solutions to attract, secure and retain the right talent in these conditions: faster hiring times and flexible hiring strategies, and competitive remuneration packages.

Matt Weston - UK Managing Director at Robert Half

Salaries by sector

Download the guide to access 2019 salary projections and the key recruitment trends affecting your sectors:

Accounting and finance

Competition for top performing talent has intensified within accounting and finance—an issue which is compounded by the impact of digital and automation on finance skill sets. In order to keep retention levels high, businesses are increasing accountant salaries or offering more flexible benefits to employees.

Financial services

Demand for qualified professionals in financial services is high, this is especially true of asset management, real estate funds and graduate roles. A stronger emphasis is being placed on hiring for cultural fit, and many businesses are now relying on temporary employees to fill managerial roles.


The demands of the UK technology sector are outstripping the number of qualified professionals available on the hiring market. According to 79% of CIOs, it is a challenge to find qualified professionals now, compared to 5 years ago. To combat the issue, hiring managers are increasing remuneration levels and leveraging counter offers. Find out more.

Business and office support

Support HR and administrative roles are more important than they’ve ever been. Emphasis is being placed on employee-centric business approaches and positive work experiences, both of which require a robust HR and administrative team. Performance-based bonuses and benefits are being awarded to qualified professionals.

Marketing and creative

The introduction of technology to link marketing spend and business development has propelled businesses to hire for digital skills and commercial acumen. Marketing and creative professionals have stated that an attractive starting salary is key factor to accepting a role.