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Top 10 salary increases in architecture

By Richard Gelder, Director of Hays Construction & Property


The vast majority (94%) of construction and property employers have experienced skills shortages in the last year, according to the Hays UK Salary & Recruiting Trends 2020 report. In architecture, these shortages led to an average salary increase of 2.8%, although there are stand out roles for which demand has been strong enough to pressure salary increases even higher.

Top 10 pay rises in architecture:

  • Senior Technologist
  • Technologist
  • Interior Designer (Senior)
  • BIM Manager
  • BIM Coordinator
  • Design Manager
  • Architect (Senior)
  • Interior Designer (Midweight)
  • Partner/Director
  • Associate

Roles most in demand include Senior Interior Designer, Technologist and Senior Technologists, which each commanded pay rises in the last year of over 4%. Most of the roles on this top ten list require a specific technical skillset, but also need softer skills like project management, creativity and communications. If your job title is not on the list but you have the technical knowledge, developing your soft skills could help you access more senior roles and futureproof your career.

What are the skills in demand?

Overall in construction and property, the top specialist skills employers need the most include operations (48%), and managerial and leadership skills (46%). Regarding softer skills, 61% of employers say they’re short on workers with strong communication and interpersonal skills.

How are hiring patterns changing?

Almost three-quarters of construction and property employers plan to recruit in the next year, with 50% anticipating hiring permanent staff and 38% planning to recruit temporary, contract or interim workers.

What’s motivating construction and property professionals to change roles?

Nearly a third (30%) of construction and property professionals who left their role last year did so because their salary was too low, although this is not the only factor affecting their decision to change roles. We found that 31% of construction and property workers feel there is no scope for progression at their current organisation and 48% feel their work-life balance is average or poor. Employers advertising clear progression pathways and flexible working are therefore more likely to attract the talent they need.

Architecture professionals looking to improve their salary, work-life balance or career prospects should consider the top roles in demand this year and look at how their skills can be applied or developed to make themselves a top prospect for potential employers.

For more insights into the hiring market in 2020, and how you can take advantage, request your copy of the Hays UK Salary & Recruiting Trends 2020 guide.

About this author

Richard leads specialist recruiting consultants across the sector. He joined Hays in 1991 and quickly worked his way up through the ranks and was appointed Director in 2001.


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