Survey reveals that just under half of engineers in the UK consider switching jobs

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22nd July 2015 17:02 - Engineering

According to The Engineer’s 2015 salary survey, nearly half (41 per cent) of engineers in the UK are considering changing their job.Survey reveals that just under half of engineers in the UK consider switching jobs

Carried out in conjunction with CBS Butler, a technical recruitment specialist, the survey asked a varied array of questions – from skills gap to the gender divide, and from salary and benefits to levels of job satisfaction – of a total of 4,365 industry-wide engineers.

Findings highlighted the fact that telecoms/utilities and electronics sector engineers, are the ones who are most likely to want to change jobs.  Over half (55 per cent) said that they were happy to look for further prospects.

Conversely, engineers in the defence and security/marine sectors, are the ones most content to stay where they are.

Results show satisfaction levels are topmost in the highest paid sectors – oil and gas, energy, and defence – where predictably, there’s a straightforward link between salary and satisfaction.

Nonetheless, over three quarters (84 per cent) of the engineers surveyed are eager to stay within the industry, and the study revealed that more than half say that they are comfortable in their chosen field.  This is regardless of evidence brought to light, that over 50 per cent of all engineers deem themselves underpaid, and quite a large proportion of them are actively looking for new opportunities elsewhere.

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