The Average Salary

The average salary for workers in the UK is expected to rise by 3% in 2016 which is great news for us all and shows real sign of growth as an economy. Some workers can anticipate their pay to grow more than others. That is according to Robert Half’s new 2016 Salary Guide. It suggests that the average salary in the UK will increase by 3% in 2016, up from 2015’s 2.6%.

Thinking of starting a career in Finance or IT? It may be a good time to do so. Jobs within these sectors are expecting salary rises between 5.7% and 7.4% in 2016, a huge rise gap between other sectors. There are reasons for the dramatic increase. There are definitely skill shortages and year after year, less skilled professionals available to these industries.

For instance, Gibbs S3 recently warned that the skills shortage in cyber security sectors has reached a crisis point.

Phil Sheridan is the Senior Managing Director at Robert Half UK. He explained: “The greatest salary increases are a clear indication of where the imbalance between supply and demand is highest.

“This is creating upward pressure on salaries for hard-to-fill roles such as applications developers, compliance experts, and information security managers; who are so essential to organisations operating in today’s fast-evolving yet tightly regulated commercial environment.

“Employers are having to move quickly to secure the best candidates and are offering other benefits to attract top professionals such as flexible working, annual leave and career breaks.”


Robert Half has created a list of the ten jobs expected to receive the biggest pay rise in the upcoming year. You can read the full list below.

1. Mobile Applications Developer

Expected salary increase: +7.4%

Expected salary: £32,500 – £61,500

2. Web Developer

Expected salary increase: +7.3%

Expected salary: £36,500 – £55,000

3. Junior Compliance Associate

Expected salary increase: +6.8%

Expected salary: £22,500 – £36,500

4. Information Security Manager

Expected salary increase: +6.6%

Expected salary: £63,250 – £97,000

5. Operation Risk Manager

Expected salary increase: +5.7%

Expected salary: £53,500 – £90,500

6. Financial Controller

Expected salary increase: +3.9%

Expected salary: £76,500 – £104,500

7. Senior Finance Manager

Expected salary increase: +3.7%

Expected salary: £54,250 – £64,750

8. Financial Business Partner

Expected salary increase: +3.6%

Expected salary: £47,000 – £59,750

9. Regulatory Accountant

Expected salary increase: +3.5%

Expected salary: £55,250 – £78,500

10. Qualified Management/Financial Accountant

Expected salary increase: +3.5%

Expected salary: £44,500 – £59,750

Midland Metro services to return to Birmingham city centre

Trams will return to the streets of Birmingham for the first time in more than 60 years when Midland Metro services start running into the city centre on December 6.

The announcement by Centro will see passengers taken directly to a new stop in Bull Street as the first step in the opening of the £128 million city centre tram extension.

Traders gearing up for the busy festive shopping period also issued a resounding ‘Open for Business’ message today after Centro announced a scaling back of tram works in the run up to Christmas.

Services will run to the new Bull Street stop from Snow Hill from December 6 while works further down the line will be scaled back over Christmas following talks with city centre traders.

The decision has been taken in order to minimise disruption in the crucial festive trading period and provide the best Christmas shopping experience possible for the millions of visitors expected to pour into the city over the coming weeks.

However, those visitors will see trams running along Corporation Street to New Street Station as Centro aims to carry out testing and commissioning of the entire 0.7 mile (1.2km) extension during December.

Passenger services to New Street Station will start once all infrastructure work and test running has been successfully completed.

Centro chief executive Geoff Inskip said: “We recognise this is a vital time of year for retailers and they need to provide the most attractive shopping environment possible, which is why we have scaled back our works.

“Doing so shows Birmingham is very much open for business and can lay on a truly magical festive atmosphere for everyone coming to the city.

“There has been a tremendous effort from everyone involved in this project with people working around the clock in recent weeks. I would particularly like to thank Retail Birmingham for all its support and co-operation.

“It is because of that hard work that we will be able to start running trams into the city centre at Bull Street before Christmas.

“However, as with all tram extensions through city centres at the moment there are always unforeseen challenges and that makes it difficult to give an exact date for when we will run trams to New Street Station.”

Trams last ran on the streets of Birmingham city centre in 1953.

Centro’s decision to reduce construction work has been warmly welcomed by Retail Birmingham, which is hoping for bumper Christmas crowds again this year.

The organisation, which represents city centre businesses, said the Frankfurt Christmas Market alone attracted more than 5.5 million visitors last year, helping to generate a major shot in the arm for the local economy.

Jonathan Cheetham, the chair of Retail Birmingham, said: “We are delighted that Centro have considered the needs of businesses in Birmingham in this vital trading period.

“We are looking forward to the New Year and the delivery of the tram through to New Street in yet another phase in the aspirations to achieve world class connectivity in transport throughout the city.”

The £128 million tram extension, which includes a £40 million fleet of new trams, is expected to create more than 1,300 sustainable new jobs and boost the regional economy by more than £50 million a year.

Work has already begun on extending the route from New Street Station to Centenary Square with services expected to start running in 2019.

Outline funding approval is also earmarked to extend the route still further along Broad Street, past Five Ways and on to Edgbaston by 2021.

The route of a further extension through Digbeth has also been chosen, running between the Bull Street/Corporation Street, via Albert Street and on to the forthcoming HS2 high speed rail station at Curzon Street.

From there it would go along New Canal Street and Meriden Street into High Street Deritend, stopping at Digbeth Coach Station and the Custard Factory. It is anticipated the line could be open by 2023.


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Donkey Sanctuary Christmas Fair: Contributions needed



What: Sutton Coldfield Donkey Sanctuary Christmas Fair

Where: Donkey Sanctuary, Sutton Park (Town Gate entrance), B74 2YT

When: 12th December 10.30am-3pm


Sutton Coldfield’s Donkey Sanctuary is appealing for contributions towards their 2015 Christmas Fair.


The charity relies entirely on voluntary donations and is currently inviting donations or equipment to help build their Christmas grotto. In addition good quality new & nearly new items and prizes are needed for stalls & raffles on the day.


Sara Gee, a riding instructor at the Donkey Sanctuary said:


“Our major fund raiser of the year is our Christmas Fair and grotto. Donations of good quality items and potential prizes for the raffle and tombola are always welcome.


“On the day of the Christmas Fair our grotto will be open to the public for one day only. The grotto will be a wheelchair friendly Alice in Wonderland theme where children can meander through a forest to Santa’s den.”


The Donkey Sanctuary Birmingham is an assisted therapy centre offering therapy and outreach visits to children and adults with additional needs in the local community. The centre located in Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield has been open since 1994.


Sara went on to explain:


“The benefits of donkeys assisted therapy are many and we find it works very well for autistic children too. Many other equine therapy centres exist but few use donkeys who are ideally suited to KS1 & 2 children with their gentle caring nature.


“Donkeys and the people who rely on them, [for their livelihoods or to help them cope with physical, mental and emotional challenges], lie at the heart of everything we do.”


Sue Brennan, centre manager added:


“I couldn’t have found a more enjoyable job. I work at a centre which gives the children not only therapy and enjoyment but a unique experience. I get a lot of enjoyment out of watching the children progress.”


The Donkey Sanctuary Fair takes place on 12th December 10.30am-3pm at Town Gate, Sutton Coldfield, B74 2YT.

For further details, please call the Centre on 0121 354 9444.

By Emma O’Hanlon