2018 Salary Survey

Our 2018 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.

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:

Architecture Salary Guide 2018

Property Salary Guide 2018

Civil Engineering Salary Guide 2018

Building Services Salary Guide 2018



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

Hopefully, our 2018 Salary Guide provides a useful insight and tool for job seekers and employers alike, giving you a fair representation of pay and benefits in our experience in this region.

Salary Guide 2017

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.

2018 continues to see a shortage of qualified professionals, salaries within property and surveying - 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 closer to London.

Research from our Surveying and Property survey indicates there has been a continued increase within real estate salaries in the region. Commercial property is still performing well, in particular within industrial and logistics. These sectors have seen an increase in demand driven by the lack of supply and few new developments helping boost the need within commercial agency. Brexit continues to fuel uncertainty within the UK property markets, but things have stabilised well in the areas within the Golden Triangle which continues to enjoy strong growth throughout. 

Our Architectural team has continued to experience a strong demand with vacancies for staff of all levels being registered; There has been a year on year increase in the number of vacancies registered from architectural practices, multi-disciplinary consultancies and housing developers. We have seen salaries increasing in line with this additional demand for staff, and the fewer experienced candidates available on the market. This is reflected in our findings from the salary survey this year which indicates that Architectural Technicians in the East of England are paid on average £33,144.

Civil & Structural staff with intermediate level designers and recently Chartered Engineers continue to be in demand. We have seen significant local movement in salaries, particularly within Structural Engineering in the Cambridge market as clients attempt to attract from London and compete on salary and benefits. Development and Infrastructure positions from CAD Technician to Engineer have also seen salaries improve with strong competition between housing design teams and consultants.

Salary Guides 2018

To discuss your own experience of salaries in this region, then talk to our specialist team, we would love to hear from you. As a client or candidate, benefit from our experience with advice on current remuneration trends, or salary bench marking relevant to your career or business.



1. Our salary 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. Speak to us about 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. Our Surveying Salary Guide 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 contributed to this years survey, we hope that you find our 2018 Salary Guides useful for your own career or business.