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Is your pay keeping up?


Salaries are on the rise again.

In the north and Scotland, pay is coming into line with the south.

Meanwhile in the south-east and London senior managers are pocketing big rises as job responsibilities expand.

Recruitment specialist Hill McGlynn maps out the industry's main pay bands


There is a huge workload in this region with some large PF I projects taking place. Employers are finding they have to pay higher salaries to recruit people, which is having some knockon effect to existing staff. Retention of good staff has been key too in the region and salaries, which were historically lower than the rest of the UK, are now coming into line with the south-east.


For the past 12 months civils side salaries have been relatively stagnant.

But with a number of major water projects, three highways projects starting within in the next 6 months, salaries for site engineers and cross the board QS are likely to improve.


Skills shor tages and high work volumes have dr iven up salaries across all professions. Senior managers notched up the biggest rises, in part reflecting the trend towards shif ting extra responsibilities on to senior managers. Many more now oversee multiple projects, larger teams and are required to keep on top of legislation and training needs.

Quantity surveyors are also being expected to take on more responsibility at a younge rage. In the past, QS would need 5-10 years experience to qualify for an intermediate salary, but because of shor tages of experienced people, employers are 'back-filling' into the intermediate positions.

This means a QS with 2 years experience can now demand an intermediate salary. This explains why graduate salaries have remained static.


Salaries have fluctuated in recent years as contractors brought staff in to handle big projects like the Bull Ring and the M6 Toll.

Job seekers are now keener to stay within the area to cut down on travelling, whereas in the past, they had to be more flexible.


Salar ies throughout the south-west and south Wales are falling into with those in the southern region and Midlands as demand beg ins to shows signs of outstripping supply in the technical and commercial sectors. Major city re-developments in Plymouth, Exeter, Cardiff and Newport will continue to underpin salary increases in this region.



BUYER 37 years old; works in south Wales for a regional contractor

Earns: £37,000

Company car or car allowance of £6,000

5 - 7 per cent contributory pension scheme

Healthcare cover for individual

23 days holiday

Gym membership

Profit-related bonus of 2 -3 per cent


41 years old; works in the Midlands for a major contractor

Earns: £45,000

Company car or car allowance of £4,500

Fuel expenses paid

5 - 8 per cent contributory pension scheme

Healthcare cover for individual & family

Performance bonus

The annual Hill McGlynn Salary Survey is a guide and monitor for the recruitment and retention of staff and indicates average salaries.

There will always be individual cases where salaries come outside the ranges laid out in th is repor t.

The salary gu ide is produced by H ill McGlynn & Associates, one of the leading construction recruitment organisations in the UK for the past 30 years. The salaries indicated are based on actual permanent placements by H ill McGlynn w ith in the last 6 calendar months.