| The ten best-paying jobs in the UK, and why|
The Office for National Statistics publishes a list every year that inspires envy and frustration around the country. It's the list of the best-paid jobs in the UK - which appears as part of the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings. It reveals - perhaps unsurprisingly - that the fattest cats of them all are chief executives.
1. Chief executives and senior officialsTheir average pay is £85,223 a year (plus of course all the benefits, bonuses and share perks that come with this sort of role). This is up a shocking 11% from this time last year, making it by far the best-paid job in the UK (excluding people like footballers and celebrities who tend to be self-employed and therefore fall outside of this survey).
2. Aircraft pilots and flight engineers
Average pay is £78,736, which is up 14% in the last 12 months. This is a classic case of two things: first it is a highly specialised job for which an enormous amount of training and experience is required - which means there us always a shortage of qualified individuals.
3. Medical practitioners
The average pay here is £71,279 - a far cry from the days when doctors were routinely poorly paid and driven into the ground.
4. Marketing and sales directors
Here the average salary is £68,245, and is roughly keeping pace with inflation. These roles have become central to many organisations, fighting declining sales as a result of a shrinking in consumer spending power.
5. IT and telecoms directors
The average pay is £63,622, which is up 8% from this time last year. The driver here is the rarity of knowledge and expertise among these specialists. Every major organisation needs someone with these skills nowadays, and yet there are very few high-level individual with the ability to set strategy and manage such a vital part of the business - especially when they have to have the technological expertise as well.
6. Company lawyers
The average pay here is £61,544, up 4% from last year. This is partly as a result of the qualifications and training required as individuals make it through the lower-paid levels of the profession.
7. Transport associate professionals
These are people like air traffic controllers and ship captains, and they are paid an average of £61,414 - up 8% in a year.
8. Senior police officers
Here average pay is £59,037 - up 3.8%. Those who reach the highest levels of the force are tasked with politically difficult roles. In many cases they have also spent decades working their way up - through rounds of increasingly difficult examinations and selection boards.
9. Financial managers and directors
The finance department wears the trousers in a lot of organisations, with average salaries of £55,504 reflecting the increasing power of the role in tough times.
10. Senior officers in protective services
These are officers in the army, fire service, ambulance and prison service, where the average salary is £55,503, up 3% in a year. These are tough and dangerous roles, with commensurate salaries.