Technical Moves | 2017 Salary Survey

2017 Salary Survey

Our 2017 Salary Guides have been updated for all our core built environment disciplines, with the latest salary information for key Architectural, Building Services, Civil Engineering, Surveying and Property roles within East Anglia, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex.

Salary Guides 2017

The survey combines real local data and research from our clients and candidates combined with placement information from our own specialist recruitment experience in this region.

To download one of our individual salary guides, click on the images below:

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In an effort to provide an honest, realistic and ultimately useful guide we have provided average salary ranges for each key position rather than one off maximum salary levels to avoid driving up salaries. While excellent candidates with the right skills and post qualification experience will always find some employers willing to offer salaries in excess of our salary guide range we have provided typical figures that take into account more rural locations and differences we have experienced across East Anglia and the South East.

Hopefully, this way the information we have provided is a useful tool for both clients and candidates alike and a fair representation of pay and benefits in this region.

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Key Findings

With demand and competition for professionals based in the region continuing to rise, the focus on skills shortages within the built environment sector remains a major factor driving salary reviews. Combined with the added pressure of attracting employees away from London to more rural locations companies face a difficult challenge in rewarding and retaining staff properly that could impact on future growth. 'Location' again came out as the most important factor when considering a job change, highlighting local pressures affecting employers in East Anglia.

One of the other key findings from our survey was the importance placed on added benefits and bonuses with performance related pay, professional memberships and flexible working conditions seen as the most desirable.

With a shortage of qualified professionals, salaries within property and surveying remained robust in 2017 - with most seeing a significant increase above the UK wage inflation. In addition, we have experienced further geographical gaps, with the likes of Cambridge competing with salaries packages once only seen in the city.

Research from our Property survey indicates there has been a marked increase for registered RICS Valuer’s within the commercial sector due to recent business rate reviews, which has reflected in an increase in salaries. Within the residential market which has continued to boom locally. Property Manager’s salaries have seen a 14% decrease nationally since May 2017. Cambridge, however, continues to buck the trend with average salaries of £28,000.

Our Architectural team continues to experience a buoyant market with vacancies for staff of all levels, regularly being registered from practices and housing developers. We have seen salaries increasing in line with this additional demand for staff, and the reduced numbers of experienced candidates available on the market. This is reflected in our findings from the salary survey this year which indicates that Architects in the East of England are paid on average £38,500.

There has been a significant demand for Civil & Structural staff with intermediate level designers and recently Chartered Engineers the most in demand. We have seen significant movement locally salaries during the last twelve months, particularly within Structural Engineering in the Cambridge market as clients attempt to attract from London and compete on salary. Development and Infrastructure positions from CAD Technician to Engineer also saw salaries improve with competition between housing design teams and consultants.

If you would like to discuss your own experience of salaries in this region, or talk to any of our specialist team, we would love to hear from you. Our partnership clients have access to our experience and advice on current remuneration trends, contact us to discuss salary benchmarking relevant to your own business.



1. The information in this guide is based on the most commonly requested jobs and positions most in demand with our clients. We cover a wide range of locations and recruit for some specialist roles which haven't been included. Contact us for more information on any specific positions not listed and we would be more than happy to give you the benefit of our experience.

2. We have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information but please note salary ranges are provided as a guide based on our own recruitment experience, research and data received. Where relevant guaranteed bonuses or commission payments have been included in these figures to give an overall figure. Salaries will ultimately vary depending on the exact job description, location, company reputation, profile, career opportunities and additional benefits package being offered.

3. New this year, we have included salary information from our CDM Consultancy and Health & Safety business. Our Surveying Salary Guide has been extended to a larger range of locations and now covers positions in East Anglia, the Northern Home Counties and now London and the Midlands. Our Surveying Salary Guide also now shows a year on year increase, a typical average for each key position and a salary range. Our Property Survey includes a wider range of residential, commercial and planning positions. Our Architecture and Civil Engineering Salary Guides has an extended Housing Developer section covering more job roles.

Thank you to everyone that took part in this years survey, we value the contribution made by everyone that answered. At its heart, recruitment is about people - not sales and we hope that you find our 2017 Salary Guides useful for you personally or for your business.