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July 3, 2020

Highest Earning Virtual Jobs

By Zoya Malik

In the last month, almost 30,000 people in the UK have searched Google for “virtual jobs.” This is perhaps a direct link to the influx of people on furlough leave and working from home during the pandemic.

Certainly, the news is saturated with notes on a new working landscape, with headlines ranging from virtual internships for students, to calls from employees to continue working from home when crisis ends.

Subsequently, have researched into the highest earning* virtual jobs for those interested in what the new world of working can offer.

The 31 jobs analysed have been broken down into 3 tiers – top, mid and bottom – to outline there is something for everyone, whether you are looking for a complete career change or a part-time role. 


In the top-tier, and therefore the highest-paid virtual job roles/industry, we find:

  • Web Developer – £47,500
  • Software Developer – £47,500
  • Consultant – £47,500
  • E-Commerce – £47,500
  • Property Lawyer – £47,500
  • Accountant – £42,500
  • Animator – £42,500
  • Clinical Research – £42,500
  • Programmer – £42,500
  • PR Manager – £42,500

The highest earning include Web Developer, Software Developer, Consultant, E-Commerce, and Property Lawyer – at an average UK salary of £47,500.

Mid-tier roles include:

  • Interpreter – £41,570
  • Teacher – £37,500
  • Writer – £37,500
  • Auditing – £37,500
  • Instructor – £37,500
  • Conveyancer – £37,500
  • Registered Nurse – £36,678
  • Marketer – £35,000
  • Content Editor – £33,786
  • Computer Support Specialist – £32,500

The highest-paid mid-tier virtual job is: Interpreter, with an average UK salary of £41,570. Over £9,000 more than Computer Support Specialist, which ranks 10th in the mid-tier and pulls in an average salary of £32,500.

£32,500 is also the average salary of the 10 roles situated in the bottom-tier:

  • Tutor – £32,500
  • Editor – £32,500
  • Baker – £32,500
  • Copywriting – £32,500
  • Proofreading – £32,500
  • Crafter – £32,500
  • Estate Agent – £32,500
  • PR Executive – £32,500
  • Mortgage Advisor – £32,500
  • HR Advisor – £32,500
  • Journalist – £32,500

Spokesperson for, Menno Olsthoorn, comments, “Even before the pandemic struck, the way we work was changing. Success is no longer defined by the hours we put in at the office. For some employers and employees, it works. But generally, it’s an outdated mind-set. What we can see, from analysing Google search volumes, is people want the option to cultivate their own success, with flexibility that promotes a better work-life balance. Taking a look at the sheer choice of “virtual” or remote working roles available, it’s true to say success can be achieved in myriad ways. At the end of the day, it’s about putting in the work not where you work.”

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