Looking to start the new year off with a career change or new job?

If you’re hoping to come across the most in-demand and higher-paid jobs for 2024, you’re in luck.

It comes as a recruitment firm has predicted what jobs will “command above average pay” for the year ahead.

The most in-demand jobs include social worker, quantity surveyor and cyber security manager, according to Hays, adding that its research suggested half of workers intend to look for a new job in 2024.

Qualified social workers continue to be in demand due to the increased and complex care needs across the UK, said Hays.

Other popular roles include cyber security managers as organisations look to keep the threat of cyber-attacks at bay, energy/carbon managers, accountants and special educational needs teaching assistants.

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The highest paying jobs are cyber security managers (with an average salary of almost £84,000) and engineering project managers (£61,750).

Simon Winfield, chief executive of Hays, said: “As we head into the new year, despite economic challenges, there remains just shy of one million unfilled jobs in the UK, leaving lots of opportunity for those who want to make their next career move.

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“The roles featured on our list are at the top of employers’ wish lists up and down the country as many struggle not only to attract staff, but also to retain them due to high competition for skills.

“If you’re thinking about a move in 2024, it’s good news as employers are much more willing to hire based on skills and aptitude, rather than just experience and qualifications.

“When applying for roles and in an interview setting, make sure to highlight the skills you’ve gained and how you might develop them further – it doesn’t matter if you can’t tick every box on a job description.”