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Don’t lose out on civil and structural engineering candidates: how to attract and keep hold of talent

By Richard Gelder, Director of Hays Construction & Property

Skills shortages are abundant in civil and structural engineering and show no sign of abating in the year to come according to our latest report, Hays UK Salary & Recruiting Trends 2019. Nearly half (48%) of employers in civil and structural engineering have experienced shortages of management and leadership skills, while nearly three-quarters (70%) are in need of staff with operational and technical skills.

Whilst, according to our report, salaries across construction and property have risen by an average of 2.7%, those with the most in-demand skills in civil and structural engineering have seen even bigger pay rises. Nearly a quarter (24%) of civil and structural engineering professionals saw their salaries rise by over 5%, with a further 13% receiving pay rises between 2.5 and 5%.

Over the last year, 82% of civil and structural engineering firms increased pay and the good news for those working in the industry is that 67% of their employers plan to increase pay in 2019.

Despite this, 41% of professionals in the sector say they are unhappy with their current salary, and 40% requested a pay rise last year.

Salary satisfaction is key

While over half (59%) of professionals across the sector are satisfied with their salaries, 65% are still considering changing jobs over the coming year – and 39% of them say this is due to their salary and benefits package.

If employers are looking to recruit talented professionals, it is important to gain an accurate idea of the current candidate ‘market rate’, i.e. how much prospective employees could earn in line with regional and national averages for their seniority and skillsets. Employers can gain insights into current market rates by using the Hays salary checker.

That information can then be used to help build a reward proposition attractive to civil and structural engineering professionals.

Create opportunities for upskilling

Over the last year, employers across civil and structural engineering say they have had difficulties recruiting for both middle (33%) and senior management (20%) roles, so providing plenty of upskilling opportunities for professionals looking to advance can help supplant this talent gap and ensure that business objectives remain on track.

“The demand for engineers and technicians across the public and private sectors remains strong”, said Seán P F Harris, Director of Membership at the Institute of Civil Engineers.

“The Government’s major projects portfolio includes improvements to both road and rail networks - delivery of infrastructure aimed at delivering against future energy needs and investment in the schools’ building programme.”

With major infrastructure projects showing no signs of slowing down, employers will need the most talented civil and structural engineering professionals to ensure deliverables are met and business growth remains strong. Engaging them with an attractive salary and benefits proposition will be of vital importance.

Find out the current market rates for salaries within your industry with the Hays salary checker or alternatively please contact your local consultant to discuss your recruitment needs.

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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