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What jobs pay over £40,000 a year without a degree?

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What jobs pay over £40,000 a year without a degree?

What jobs pay over £40,000 a year without a degree?

What jobs pay over £40,000 a year without a degree?

The average salary in the UK is £34,963, £44,370 in London, and £33,450 in the South West. *Statista

Living comfortably means different things for different people, but aspiring to earn an above average salary can help significantly as we navigate price rises, alongside feeling a sense of value, job satisfaction and security.

Whilst these aren’t entry level jobs, they are all very accessible with practical experience, the relevant qualifications, or a strong portfolio. Networking, continuous learning, and staying updated with industry trends will also significantly enhance your career prospects.

We looked at a range of job roles that we’ve placed recently that prioritise skills, experience, and certifications over formal education.

Sales and Marketing

Business Development Manager

Up to £50,000


A BDM’s role includes promoting a product range or service to current customers and seeking new markets for products. You will likely need to have a holistic approach to the business and liaise with every department to work effectively. The role can include:

  • filling in tenders
  • attending events
  • developing and maintaining a customer database on the CRM
  • managing clients efficiently to maximise business opportunities
  • scheduling sales activities
  • travelling around the country (and world!)
  • nurturing communications
  • delivering presentations
  • maintaining and submitting sales activity records
  • budgeting
  • forecasting

Example requirements:

To become a BDM, the normal requirements are:

  • Previous experience within a sales environment
  • The ability to demonstrate high attention to detail
  • IT savvy, including Microsoft Excel, Word and Powerpoint
  • A confident, assertive and proactive approach to work with a ‘can do’, flexible attitude
  • The ability to work effectively, both as part of a team and autonomously, consistently to high standards of accuracy and quality

Additional benefits:

Additional benefits can include a bonus scheme, company car allowance, commission scheme, attractive holiday package, enhanced pension contributions (matched) and life insurance.

Marketing Manager

£40,000 – £45,000

With experience and a strong portfolio, marketing managers can achieve high salaries, especially if they have expertise in SEO, PPC, or social media marketing.


  • Creating informative and engaging content across various platforms
  • Forging solid relationships with internal and external teams to ensure a united approach to campaigns and strategy
  • Competently managing the marketing budget and maximising ROI
  • Tracking and reporting on KPIs, delivering reports to senior management and across the company
  • Attending trade shows and webinars to raise the profile of the company
  • Managing the PR of the business
  • Overseeing SEO and paid advertising online to increase visibility
  • Taking ownership of the marketing for the business, developing and growing to complement business need
  • Social media strategy and posting

Example requirements:

  • A minimum of 3 years in a marketing role
  • Event and campaign management experience
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Graphic design skill, comfortable using Adobe Photoshop/ Canva
  • An understanding of CRM, CMS and email marketing software
  • SEO optimisation skills and experience of enhancing search engine performance
  • The ability to, and demonstrable experience of management, be it project management or team management
  • An analytical mind, with the ability to multitask and problem-solve, combined with creative flair and enthusiasm for brand engagement


  • Decent annual holiday package which grows with length of service
  • Hybrid working
  • Medicash health cover
  • Company pension
  • Company laptop and phone

Sales Manager

Between £40,000 and £50,000

The responsibilities of a Sales Manager can include:

  • Developing and maintaining relationships with key contacts and new/existing customers
  • Supporting Business Development to identify new opportunities and utilising their market/specific regional knowledge to grow the brand in a specific targeted area
  • Develop area strategy
  • Assist the business in launching new products and services

Example requirements:

  • Previous experience in a sales manager or team leader role
  • Someone who is customer focussed, proactive, self-motivated, and comfortable working in a small team
  • A demonstrable track record of building and growing a sales area, with experience of meeting and exceeding sales targets
  • results driven
  • Full UK Driving Licence
  • Able to work from home
  • Flexible – Seasonal business


  • In addition to their basic salary, experienced sales professionals can earn substantial commissions and bonuses
  • Company car and laptop
  • Attractive annual holiday package
  • Pension
  • Discount on products


Finance Manager

Range £45,000 – £60,000

The responsibilities of a Finance Manager can include:

  • Playing a pivotal role in driving a company’s financial strategy forward
  • Managing and overseeing day-to-day financial operations within the company, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, bookkeeping, payroll, and financial reporting
  • Developing and maintaining financial policies, procedures, and internal controls to ensure compliance with regulatory standards and company guidelines.
  • Preparing accurate and timely financial statements, reports, and analyses for senior management
  • Leading the budgeting and forecasting process, working closely with department heads to develop comprehensive budgets and financial projections
  • Monitoring and analysing financial performance against budget and forecast, identifying areas for improvement, and implementing corrective actions as necessary
  • Managing cash flow and working capital to optimise financial resources and support business operations
  • Overseeing tax planning and compliance, ensuring timely and accurate filing of tax returns and adherence to tax regulations
  • Collaborating with accountants, external auditors, tax advisors, and regulatory authorities as needed to support financial audits and enquiries
  • Providing strategic financial guidance and support to senior management, contributing to decision-making and business planning initiatives
  • Staying informed with industry trends, economic developments, and regulatory changes that may impact the company’s financial performance and strategy

Example requirements:

  • Recognised accountancy qualification, such as ACCA, CIMA, or ACA
  • 5+ years of progressive experience in finance and accounting roles
  • Thorough knowledge of accounting principles, financial analysis techniques, and reporting standards
  • Proficiency in accounting software (Xero), including custom report creation and management; advanced Excel skills required.
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail, with the ability to interpret complex operational and financial data to draw meaningful insights
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively collaborate with cross-functional teams and communicate financial information to non-financial stakeholders
  • Proven leadership ability and strategic thinking skills, with a demonstrated ability to drive financial performance and support business growth initiatives
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and manage multiple priorities effectively

Benefits can include:

  • Flexible working options
  • Excellent salary
  • Company pension
  • Private healthcare
  • 25 days annual holiday, increasing with service
  • Membership to an Employee Assistance Programme
  • Death in service
  • Long Service Bonus


Account Executive

Over £40,000

Working in insurance offers a financially rewarding career, where your efforts are recognised through salary increases with promotions and new qualifications.

The responsibilities of an Account Executive can include:

  • Primarily working with clients face to face
  • Helping clients find the correct cover
  • Supporting clients all year round
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with clients
  • Attending networking events to grow your book of business
  • Providing an excellent service

Example requirements:

  • Ability to demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with others across departments and establish strong relationships both internally and externally to achieve the business’s goals
  • Demonstrable track record of building substantial pipelines and closing sales
  • Strong relationship, account management, communication, problem-solving, negotiation and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to demonstrate team management and experience of delivering client engagement
  • Sound Insurance background
  • An understanding of Lloyd’s and London Market (Re) Insurance markets
  • Excellent IT skills (include bespoke platforms such as Salesforce), written verbal communication skills and strong interpersonal skills
  • Self-motivated and proactive
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and manage multiple deadlines


  • Opportunity to progress within a thriving industry and earn a high salary
  • Attractive holiday packages
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Private healthcare
  • Hybrid working



Recruitment Consultant

Over £40,000

The role of a recruitment consultant usually has a fairly basic salary, with the ability to earn uncapped commission depending on the placements you make. As your experience and reputation increases, your basic salary can increase too.

Responsibilities can include:

  • Developing new and existing business, through strong account management
  • Delivering exceptional levels of customer service to candidates and clients
  • Input accurate data and information daily onto a CRM
  • Ability to account manage existing clients effectively and build lasting relationships through excellent service
  • Source candidates across various platforms
  • Create engaging and informative job adverts using appropriate keywords
  • Confident telephone manner, with the ability to communicate at different levels of seniority
  • Successfully match a candidate’s skillset to a job role, through telephone and face-to-face interviews

Example requirements:

  • Previous experience in recruitment or talent requisition
  • Strong rapport-building skills with the ability to deliver excellent levels of customer service
  • A positive, can-do attitude


These can include:

  • Decent holiday package and your birthday off
  • Medicash
  • Hybrid working
  • A fun, friendly culture
  • Uncapped bonuses for hitting and exceeding targets including holidays!

Information Technology (IT) and Technology

Software Engineer

Over £45,000

The role of a Software Engineer will include being hands-on in the day-to-day delivery of technical projects.

Your role can include:

  • specialising in developing bespoke software for clients
  • working in C and C++
  • working across iOS, Android, Windows, macOS and Linux
  • designing a new clean-slate product with complete autonomy over its architecture
  • adding new capabilities to, or replacing a core component of, an existing product
  • throwing together quick prototypes to confirm the feasibility of a proposed technical approach and developing it until it meets requirements
  • working with one colleague or a group of colleagues at a time
  • training junior colleagues: encouraging idiomatic code, demonstrating engineering rigour, and sharing hard-won knowledge with your peers. You’ll also help drive our engineering processes to maintain code quality while balancing realistic delivery timescales and client requirements.

Example requirements:

  • Professional experience in the design and implementation of complex C or C++ based solutions, ideally both clean-slate projects and updates to legacy code bases
  • Comfortable with platform APIs, development environments and native debugging approaches on one or more of: Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, or Android
  • Experience leading a small or midsize team of developers through a complete project lifecycle, engaging in requirements capture, design review, implementation, and assurance
  • Commitment to code correctness and quality assurance through static analysis, code review, automated testing, and continuous integration
  • A comprehensive understanding of the programming languages, platforms, and tooling we rely on


  • Promotions
  • Attractive holiday packages
  • Training and development opportunities to support your career aspirations
  • O’Reilly books subscription which provides access to huge range of technical books
  • Regular events including internal technical conferences, company socials and pizza-fuelled lunchtime seminars.


CAM Programmer

Up to £45,000

Responsibilities can include:

  • Offline programming using OneCNC or similar CAM software
  • Creating and validating 3, 4 and 5 axis programmes and supporting documentation
  • Proving out first off programmes before handing over to production
  • Aiding machine operators and providing recommendations to allow optimisation of processes and machine tool capabilities
  • Making recommendations for improvements to work processes and contributing to continuous improvement activities

Example requirements:

  • Experience of OneCNC or similar CAM software
  • Ability to work from solid models, 2D drawings
  • Programming experience
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of a team
  • Ability to manage own time & workload
  • Strong Verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent knowledge of cutting tools & work-holding
  • Some CNC turning knowledge advantageous but not essential


  • Salary review annually
  • Ongoing training and support
  • Attractive annual leave package
  • Onsite Parking/cycle to work scheme
  • Private Health Care
  • Employee Pension Contribution


Technical Manager

Up to £40,000

Responsibilities can include:

  • Ensuring that products are manufactured to the correct safety, legality, integrity and quality standards and continually challenging and improving the monitoring/ control systems
  • Ensuring the correct implementation of all aspects of the Quality Management System
  • Working in conjunction with all relevant departments to advise on product quality management
  • Ensuring all accreditations and customer specific audits are upheld
  • Ensuring all plans, monitoring and checks are performed by trained staff and annual reviews take place and appropriate members of staff are trained to required levels
  • Ensuring that the traceability system is complete and challenged regularly to ensure compliance
  • Training, coaching and mentoring employees to ensure audits are of a high standard, facilitating continuous improvement and ensuring the highest technical standards are achieved

Example requirements:

  • Good IT skills, including Excel
  • Attention to detail, accuracy and speed
  • Team worker
  • Good communicator
  • Well organised and able to hit deadlines
  • Previous experience working in a Technical role


  • Attractive holiday package
  • Flexible working options
  • Excellent salary
  • Company pension
  • Private healthcare

Logistics and Transport

Experienced HGV C Class 2 Driver

£15 per hour PAYE equivalent to £46,800


  •  work Monday to Friday (some roles may require weekend working) with starting times between 4am and 7am (with 1-3 nights out a week) delivering goods
  • Drive a max of 9 hours in a day (this can be extended to 10 hours twice a week) and a maximum of 56 hours in a week and 90 hours in any 2 consecutive weeks

Example requirements:

  •  Cat C or above driving licence, CPC and digi tacho
  • Great communication skills
  • Experience in multi drop deliveries (including London)
  • Successful completion of a theory test and driving assessment

Benefits include:

  • Company pension
  • Attractive holiday package
  • Ability to travel around the country!
  • Annual Salary Review

Administrative and Support Services

Executive Assistant

£40,000 and over

Responsibilities can include:

  • Supporting the CEO with full EA duties including managing schedules and diaries
  • Event management and managing company activities
  • Supporting large-scale projects and operational elements of the business
  • Keeping a handle on Finance and Reporting
  • Working with HR
  • Marketing Support – pulling together a presentation, creating documentation

Example requirements:

  • Previous experience in a PA/ EA role where you have demonstrated carrying out the above responsibilities
  • Ability to work in a challenging and fast-paced role and able to juggle ever-changing priorities
  • Have a positive, confident, and proactive approach
  • Ability to work productively in a pressurised environment
  • Good telephone and email communication and able to field calls efficiently and professionally
  • Highly organised, empathetic, and driven


  • Attractive holiday package
  • Excellent pension
  • Ongoing training and support
  • Onsite Parking/cycle to work scheme
  • Private Healthcare


Customer Service and Support

Customer Service Manager



A Customer Service Manager’s role can include leading, guiding and supporting a team, building rapport with customers and working alongside the sales and marketing teams to promote products and services. It can also include

  • driving service levels and making recommendations based on data and experiences
  • providing reports to senior management
  • identifying and implementing key customer service performance indicators
  • ensuring the accuracy of deliveries
  • sales and invoicing
  • updating the customer database and price files
  • dealing with customer complaints or concerns
  • carrying out root cause analysis to make improvements and prevent reoccurrence

Example requirements:

  • Proven experience as a professional Customer Service Manager or Team Leader, with the ability to engage and motivate your team
  • A proactive and positive approach to work with problem solving abilities
  • Planning and organisation skills
  • A strong understanding of systems and IT
  • Trustworthy and self-motivated

Additional benefits:

  • Attractive holiday package
  • Excellent pension
  • Discounted products
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Hybrid working

If you are looking for a new role, or have a position to fill, we’d be delighted to help you. Call us now on 01242 505400 or email

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