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  1. Engineering: 76,838 job adverts
  2. Business: 36,906 job adverts
  3. Management: 32,546 job adverts
  4. Design: 17,846 job adverts
  5. Marketing: 16,872 job adverts
  6. Computer Science: 16,442 job adverts
  7. Construction: 11,580 job adverts
  8. Computer Engineering: 9,674 job adverts
  9. Software Engineering: 9,556 job adverts
  10. Finance: 7,638 job adverts
  11. Care: 7,290 job adverts
  12. Accounting: 7,282 job adverts
  13. Law: 6,756 job adverts
  14. Systems Engineering: 6,032 job adverts
  15. Data Science: 5,666 job adverts
  16. Computer Systems: 5,304 job adverts
  17. Information Systems: 5,142 job adverts
  18. Computer Information Systems: 4,870 job adverts
  19. Computer Systems Engineering: 4,814 job adverts
  20. Chemistry: 3,918 job adverts

Engineering tops the list as the most in demand degree in the UK. In 2020 alone, 76,838 job adverts listed an ‘engineering degree’ in the job specification. 

Danny Aldridge, Co-Founder of recruitment website Check-a-Salary commented on the findings:

“The increase in demand for IT and Mathematical related degrees emphasises the importance of the sector to the UK.

“The varying levels of pay depending on degree highlights to school leavers the significance they need to place on their degree choice.

“Studying a STEM subject is likely to lead to higher levels of pay throughout a career.”

You can see more information about the research here:

Degree Demand Increase & Decrease

The research from further reveals that the number of overall jobs listed requiring a degree in 2020 dropped by 34% year-on-year. analysed 2019 and 2020 job listings to reveal which degrees increased in demand last year and which ones saw a decline.

Which degrees increased in demand the most last year?

  1. Computer Systems Engineering (+3067%)
  2. Computer Information Systems (+2636%)
  3. Information Systems (+626%)
  4. Computer Forensics (+613%)
  5. Television Production (+600%)
  6. Computer Systems (+512%)
  7. Midwifery (+487%)
  8. Security Consultancy (+480%)
  9. Sport Psychology (+412%)
  10. Payroll Management (+400%)

Of the 10 degrees which have seen the biggest increase in demand, 6 of these relate specifically to Cyber, Computing and IT.

Which degrees decreased in demand the most last year?

  1. Petroleum Engineering (-96.7%)
  2. Aerospace Systems (-96.6%)
  3. Hospitality Business Management (-96.6%)
  4. Motion Graphics (-96.0%)
  5. Sports Technology (-95.5%)
  6. Computer Systems Development (-94.7%)
  7. Dietetics (-94%)
  8. Sport Coaching (-93.8%)
  9. Directing (-93.8%)
  10. Sports Management (-93.3%)

Demand for Petroleum Engineering and Aerospace Systems degrees fell by 97% year-on-year. Perhaps unsurprisingly due to the restrictions on travel and social mixing in 2020, demand for Hospitality Business Management degrees also fell by 97%.

Salman Haqqi, personal finance expert at said:

“Choosing a degree subject to study at university can be one of the most difficult and important educational decisions anyone can make.

“As tuition fees in England can cost up to £9,250 a year, it’s understandable that many people are keen to know if studying a particular degree is worth their time and money.

“Although the long-term salary implications of undertaking a higher education qualification are important, it’s also key to remember that a degree usually lasts several years, and therefore choosing a subject you enjoy and find interesting should be central to your decision.

“No matter what degree you choose, university is expensive so it’s worth getting your finances in order beforehand and potentially putting some money aside to cover any unexpected living costs.”

For further information, please see the full study here: You can also find infographic tables of the information here.