Surprisingly high-paid jobs in UK including £53,000 salaries for lorry drivers

Waitrose is currently hiring lorry drivers with a salary of up to GBP53,780 in one of the most surprising high-paid jobs available in the UK. The supermarket's offering puts lorry drivers on a better wage than secondary school teachers (GBP40,880), solicitors (GBP43,190) and architects (GBP42,930), reports The Times. The position at Waitrose promises "a vast range of benefits and a healthy work-life balance" with perks including discounted holidays and access to a private members club.

: Police break up Bank Holiday rave of 500 people in Welsh forest And it's not the only supermarket offering increased salaries and starting bonuses to entice new drivers, the Mirror reports. Tesco and Iceland have also bumped up salaries by up to 25 per cent, with sign up bonuses of at least GBP1,000.

M&S also has a joining incentive of GBP2,000. James Clifford, boss of, said new recruits could make up to GBP60,000 a year. It comes as retailers continue to struggle against a shortfall of around 100,000 HGV drivers, with the issue being caused by a combination of coronavirus lockdowns and post-EU Brexit rules.

Waitrose is currently hiring lorry drivers with a salary of up to GBP53,780

The supply chain issues have seen supermarket shelves stripped bare, while restaurant chains like McDonald's and KFC have been forced to take some items off the menu.

Meanwhile, Pimlico Plumbers said it is looking for 50 skilled engineers - and says they could earn up to GBP150,000. The company said its phones have been ringing "red hot" as work that had previously been put on pause during the pandemic can finally go ahead.

Surprisingly high-paid jobs in UK including £53,000 salaries for lorry driversPlumbing engineers could earn GBP120 an hour on weekdays

Pimlico Plumbers chief executive Scott Mullins told the Daily Mail : "From the moment lockdown restrictions began to lift and people realised they couldn't spend their money on travelling abroad, improving or repairing their homes became a priority." Pimlico engineers can earn GBP120 an hour on weekdays, with the rate climbing to GBP200 for late-night jobs.

The firm said GBP150,000 was a "realistic figure" of how much someone can make, and said its biggest earner was making more than GBP200,000 a year before the pandemic.

10 other surprisingly well-paid jobs

This list was complied by job site Glassdoor in March 2021.

  • Videographer - GBP18,000 to GBP32,000 per year
  • Travel Agent - GBP14,000 to GBP32,000 per year
  • Interior Designer - GBP20,000 to GBP44,000 per year
  • Pastry Chef - GBP25,000 to GBP38,000 per year
  • Software Engineer - GBP35,000 to GBP90,000 per year
  • Marketing Specialist - GBP23,000 to GBP54,000 per year
  • Graphic Designer - GBP22,000 to GBP40,000 per year
  • Event Planner - GBP20,000 to GBP43,000 per year
  • Flight Attendant - GBP12,000 to GBP30,000 per year
  • Freelance Writer - GBP13,000 to GBP85,000 per year

More information about the Waitrose lorry driver position can be found on their website here.

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