Lab Technicians Get Over N4K per Hour: Top 10 Jobs in UK for Easy Work Visas and Their Average Salaries

Lab Technicians Get Over N4K per Hour: Top 10 Jobs in UK for Easy Work Visas and Their Average Salaries

  • Nigeria and other countries with a large youthful population are set to benefit from the skills shortages in the UK
  • The UK's withdrawal from the European Union (Brexit) has prompted flexible immigration routes to address various job vacancies
  • The jobs provide a sure route to get a work visa, and they include roles in the healthcare sector, engineering, and other fields, offering attractive salaries

A new report by a global university and academic program search platform, Erudera, has identified the top 10 jobs and academic degrees that can help individuals secure work visas in the United Kingdom (UK) relatively quickly.

The report highlights the skills shortage in the UK job market and the opportunities it presents for countries like Nigeria, with a large youthful population.

UK job market
The UK faces job shortages, opening opportunities for Nigerians and other nationals to apply. Photo credit: Ridofranz
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UK jobs opportunities

The UK's withdrawal from the European Union (Brexit) has prompted the country to adopt flexible immigration routes to boost its economy, resulting in a surge of job vacancies at various levels.

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In response, the UK introduced immigration routes such as the Graduate route, High Potential Individual visa, Global Talent visa, and Scale-up visa.

Official data reveals a staggering 574.8% increase in Nigerians receiving UK worker visas, rising to 13,449 in 2022 from 1,993 in 2019.

The jobs and how much salary they pay

The report identifies the following top jobs and their respective hourly wages:

  • Health Sector Jobs (£16.94 per hour) or N10,097.22
  • Engineering (Upper range: £16.12 per hour) or N9,607.37
  • IT Business Analysts, Architects, and Systems Designers (£15.43 per hour) or N9,207.81
  • Architects (£13.50 per hour) or N8,048.70
  • Programmers and Software Development Professionals (£13.95 per hour) or N8,313.51
  • Veterinarians (£13.83 per hour) or N8,230.06
  • Cybersecurity Specialists (£13.17 per hour) or N7,860.24
  • Biological Scientists and Biochemists (£12.55 per hour) or N7,483.33
  • Engineering (Lower range: £13.54 per hour) or N8,077.70
  • Web Design and Development Professionals (£10.99 per hour) or N6,543.07
  • Laboratory Technicians (£7.75 per hour) or N4,613.96

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Erudera's report emphasises the alignment of job requirements and academic degrees, making the professions well-suited for individuals seeking work visas in the UK.

Breakdown of amount required to relocate to UK for singles, married

Meanwhile, in another report, disclosed that a Nigerian residing abroad published a comprehensive estimate of how much it may cost to migrate to the United Kingdom.

Although he clarified that it is only an estimate, his study would surely give direction to Nigerians travelling as singles, married couples, and families.


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Dave Ibemere (Senior Business Editor) Dave Ibemere is a senior business editor at He is a financial journalist with over a decade of experience in print and online media. He also holds a Master's degree from the University of Lagos. He is a member of the African Academy for Open-Source Investigation (AAOSI), the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations and other media think tank groups. He previously worked with The Guardian, BusinessDay, and headed the business desk at Ripples Nigeria. Email:

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