Pay gap in engineering narrowing, survey reveals

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27th September 2016 13:44 - Engineering

Pay gap in engineering narrowing, survey reveals: According to analysis by accountancy firm, Brookson, the pay gap between engineers in the North of England and the South of England has narrowed since the financial crisis.Pay gap in engineering narrowing, survey reveals

The analysis has revealed that engineers employed in North of England – which is comprised of the North West, Yorkshire and Humber, and the North East – earn an average of just 8 per cent less than engineers working in the South of England (South West, South East, London and East of England).

The median average salary for engineers in the North has increased by 9.9 per cent in the seven years since 2009,from £34,091 to £37,455, in contrast with 8.3 per cent for Southern engineers whose salary increased from £37,487 to £40,608.

Brookson said in a statement that even though projects such as Crossrail has increased the demand for railway engineers based in London and the South East of England, engineers in the North have also experienced an increased demand for workers in the aerospace and automotive industry. The North’s engineering sector has been said to have benefitted from a growth in exports and heightened worker productivity.

The research findings uncovered the following telling insights:

  • Engineers in the West Midlands have seen the fastest salary increase since 2009, nearly double the rate seen in London.
  • Engineers in the West Midlands saw a salary inflation of 22.9 per cent in the six years from 2009 to 2015, from £33,088 to £40,677.
  • Engineers in the West Midlands are the highest paid engineers outside of London and Scotland; however, they were the lowest paid group in 2009.
  • Engineers in London saw a salary increase of 13.8 per cent, from from £39,429 to £44,874.
  • The West Midlands are experiencing the biggest skills shortage, with automotive giants such as Jaguar Land Rover increasing their production and investment.

The accountancy firm also suggested that contractors in the engineering sector earn more than their full-time peers, with the annual gross pay for contractors being £87,792, in comparison with £39,715 for full – time engineers.

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