An anonymous reader writes: With unemployment hitting 2.64 million in the UK this January and the economy looking gloomy for 2012, job seekers might have to get creative when looking for well-paid employment. Analysis of the salaries of thousands of current vacancies by job search engine Adzuna.co.uk shows that some of the least desirable jobs in Britain — such as Sewer Flushers and Embalmers — actually have some of the best pay. But would you be willing to take the danger or sheer unpleasantness involved in some of these roles?
The Worst Jobs in Britain — with the Best Pay
Job Title Average Salary on Adzuna
Private Security Contractor £90,000
Oil Rig Worker £61,000
Sewer Flusher £45,000
Deep Sea Fishermen £40,000
Chain Saw Operator / Tree Surgeon £37,000
IT Support Executive £31,000
Shot Girls / Guys £30-50 per hour
At an amazing £90k per annum on average, conflict zone Private Security Contractors top the high pay list. Understandable due to the obvious danger of the role, but that’s more than 5 times more than a private in the British army who would make just under £18,000 per year.
The least “sexy” medical professions come with a very generous pay packet. According to Adzuna, Medical professionals not afraid of ingrown toenails, bunions and colonoscopies can demand well in excess of £50,000 per year.
If you can deal with the stress of technical support and don’t mind the occasional “Computer says No” or angry customer, IT support executives out-do similarly qualified roles in other industries such as travel and retail and can expect to make over £30,000 per annum.
“Jobs at Sea” are seen as very dangerous with a study by Oxford University showing that 103 in every 100,000 fishermen died while working. This is 50 times higher than other workers. Such danger on fishing boats and offshore oil rigs results in salaries above £40,000.