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2017 Construction Salary Survey Results

2016 / 2017 Technical Construction Salary Survey Results 

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We’ve recently completed an extensive Technical Construction industry salary survey report, covering a wide range of job roles such as Building Surveyors, Contract Managers, Estimators, Facilities Managers, Planners, Project Managers, Quantity Surveyors, Site Engineers and Site Managers. Overall, there was a rise in salaries by a small margin of 4%, despite uncertainty in the UK’s economy.

Some areas have been growing at a faster and higher rate than others. It’s been a common theme across Technical Construction industry for salaries in the North to grow more than the South over the past year. With Southern salaries growing at an average of 1% and the North growing at an average of 5.2%. Despite the higher increase, salaries in the North are still much lower than the South. Northern salaries are a total of 4.5% lower than the southern average salary within the Technical Construction industry.

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Building Surveyors 4.8%

In total, Building Surveyors have seen a 4.8% increase from last year. Although there has been an increase overall, Building Surveyors salaries in the South have seen the smallest rise in their salaries, with a 0.7% increase up from 2015. Scotland has seen the biggest increase with a massive 13.6% rise.


Estimators 2.4%

Estimators have seen a much smaller increase of 2.4% which is lower than other construction job roles.  Both London and the North saw the highest increase of 4% compared to the South which experiences only a 0.7% rise in the South.


Facilities Managers 5.8%

Facilities Managers have seen the highest increase overall. The North had the highest increase in salary with a 7.4% increase from 2015. Whereas the South, once again, experienced a small increase of 1.3%. Despite the North’s salaries increasing a substantial amount, they still have the lowest paying salaries. 


Planners 2.8%

Overall, planners have experienced a small pay rise too. Southern salaries only increased by 0.5% whereas Scotland had the highest increase at 5.7%. Elsewhere saw a small increase, with Midlands increasing by 1.2%, London increasing by 3.6% and the North increasing by 3.3% YOY.


Project Managers 4.6%

There has been a slight increase in salaries for Project Managers across the UK. Specifically, within the London and Midland regions, increasing at around 8%. The lowest increase was seen in Scotland and the South with a 0.5% increase from the year before. However, London pays a massive 35% more than the elsewhere in the UK.  


Quantity Surveyors 5.4%

Following the salary trend, Quantity Surveyors salaries have increased the most in the North by 9% and London by 8.3%. The lowest rise was seen in Scotland where this was only a 2.2% increase. Despite the low increase, Quantity Surveyors in Scotland still earn 7.3% higher than North England. 


Site Engineers 1.8%

Site Engineers have experienced the lowest increase out of all the job titles researched. With an overall increase of 1.8%. London has the highest increase in salaries by 4.7% and the Midlands have had the lowest increase by 0.5%


Site Managers 4.8%

Site Managers have seen a reasonable increase in salaries with a 4.8% increase overall. The North and Scotland have seen the highest increase with an 8.5% increase and the South with the lowest at 1%. Despite the high increase in the North, salaries in the South are still 18% higher than the North.


2016 has been a strong year for the Technical Construction industry – this in mind, it is hard to predict what will come of 2017. With Article 50 officially being triggered, many things can have an effect on the industry. It can potentially worsen the current skills shortage and increase the inflation rate which will make purchasing more expensive. Saying this, there are still major projects taking place over the coming years, such as Hinkley Point C, major redevelopments across UK cities and House building schemes to keep up with housing targets. It will be interesting to see how all these elements have an effect on 2017-18 salaries.

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