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Being the boss: is the view always good from the top?

If you’re like most, you’ll start your new job with a smile and ready for anything. The more willing you show, the more likely it will be that you’ll receive promotions and increase your salary. However, in order to get those hard earned promotions, you’ll usually work long hours under stressful conditions – but is it always worth it? Do you always get the best out of your employer and yourself by becoming a manager?

Impact International, a leadership development specialist, has done the hard work for you and answered these questions in some of the most popular industries:

Working behind a bar

In order to support their studies, or just as a job they enjoy, a lot of people generally tend to work in a bar as their first job. In the UK, these workers typically earn around £14,665 annually, and this is because they don’t work full time hours.

If you show an interest, and then become a manager, you could be earning around £24,000 a year; that’s £9,335 more, which isn’t a bad pay rise just for showing commitment. This type of work is good for unskilled workers, because you don’t need any qualifications other than GCSEs. In this line of work, generally speaking, workers are promoted based on their experience and willingness.

If this type of work sounds promising, one thing you will need is The National Certificate for Personal Licence Holders, which can be attained from the British Institute of Innkeepers. Once you’ve received this, you’ll have a ‘Personal Licence’, but this is only on the condition of a criminal record check and test. Keep in mind that costs may vary depending how much you spend on studying, the £37 licencing fee and the £25 CRB check.

Working in recruitment

With an average salary of £25,000, working as a recruitment consultant can be a popular choice for graduates, and the money may increase depending on commission rates.

If you’re lucky enough to become a recruitment manager, then you’ll see your basic earnings rise by £17,500, and this will become £42,500 on average. If you’d like to work in recruitment, then you’ll need five GCSEs at A*-C, three A-levels and a degree. Or, if you don’t have a degree, then you’ll need years of experience within the sector if you want to become a manager.

Becoming a personal trainer

Personal training is usually a unique career, as it generally offers its own path and avenues to success depending upon the work you put in and the clients you’re able to get on board. The only drawback is that there’s no management role to strive towards, as you’ll be working for yourself. However, the average salary starts at £25,000 if you qualify with a level 3 Personal Training certificate. You should note that personal trainers need to pay the gym that they train their clients in though.

This is a good option for people who remain active, like to be their own boss and can motivate other people.


Whether it’s selling over the telephone, business-to-business sales or selling face to face with the public, the earning potentials are high. You don’t need to be highly qualified and you can earn a lot on the job in the form of commission; most roles don’t require a degree, but depending upon the role and the industry you’re working in, you may need to be qualified to a higher standard.

Usually, a sales representative can earn £27,000 in the UK on average. However, if you manage to work your way up to a regional sales manager, you could be earning £37,500, which is a generous increase of £10,500. What’s more is that you’ll be able to earn a greater amount of commission depending upon your sales volume.

IT Development

Working in a thriving digital environment, IT developers are part of a fast-growing industry; programming websites and working on apps and games for a vast array of clients and markets, web developers can earn up to £37,500 per year. If you’ve got a degree in computer science, then this will put you at a good advantage. If you don’t, then you’ll need to be self-educated to a high standard.

Managers can earn up to £47,500 if a worker can progress up to the head of development, which is an increase of £10,000 a year!


As nurses work in the public sector, salaries are separated into bands. In band 6, a qualified nurse can earn between £21,909 and £28,462. By increasing to an advanced nurse or a nurse team manager, the wage rises to £31,383 – £41,373, which is a pay rise of £12,911.


If you wish to enter a career in marketing, then you’ll be entering an exciting and thriving place of work. You can find a job in either an agency or an in-house environment. For this type of job, the average salary is usually £27,000.

With a pay increase of £10,500, managers can receive £37,500. Most managers in marketing are established on whether they are good for the job depending on experience.

Human Resources

It’s no doubt that HR is a difficult line of work, as employees are responsible for hiring and firing people, as well as other administrative tasks. You’ll usually start off as a HR assistant, and if this is the case you’ll earn an average salary of £23,000. If you become a manager, then you’ll more than likely be earning an additional £9,500 annually.

That’s not all

We haven’t covered all bases here, and there is a wealth of career options available to you. Careers are never set in stone either, while there is always time to make a change. One thing that is certain, is that it is always worth the time and effort to move into management.

If you’re wanting a lot of money in a short space of time, then we’d recommend a recruitment consultancy, as you’ll earn an average of £17,550 more if you’re in a management role.

Salary figures taken from Totaljobs.com