Six out of 10 engineers working in manufacturing sector are happy in their current job, finds survey

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7th April 2021 13:47 - Industrial

Six out of 10 engineers working in manufacturing sector are happy in their current job: The Engineer has published the findings of its latest annual engineering survey, finding that salaries have risen by an average of 10% since 2019. It also found that 60% of engineers working in the manufacturing sector are happy in their current role.  

The Engineer's Salary Survey polled 845 engineers working across 12 sectors, asking questions about salaries as well as job satisfaction and the likelihood of staying with a current employer.

The survey found that the average salary for engineers working in the manufacturing sector was £54,059, with just over a third of respondents working in the sector saying they were satisfied with their pay (35%).

In terms of comparability with other sectors, the salary for engineers in the manufacturing sector ranked in ninth place (out of a possible 12) for salary, with Oil and Gas (£75,366), Energy and Renewables (£65,932) and Telecoms / Utilities / Electronics (£58,412) the highest paid sectors on average. The lowest paid sectors on average were Materials (£36,940), Aerospace (£52,129) and Defence & Security / Marine (£52,330).

Satisfaction with salary

In terms of satisfaction with their salary, engineers in manufacturing ranked in eighth place (35%), some way below those who achieved the highest satisfaction scores in Energy/Renewables and Nuclear (66%), Food & Drink or Consumer Goods (51%) and Automotive (49%) sectors. The lowest ranking for salary satisfaction were engineers in Academia (28%), Oil and Gas (29%) And Materials (29%).

In terms of happiness in their current role, engineers working in manufacturing ranked fourth (60%), after Energy and Renewables (68%), Food & Drink / Consumer Goods (67%) and Academia (64%), whilst the least happy were those from Aerospace (52%), Defence and Security (54%), Oil and Gas (55%) and Telecoms (55%) sectors.

Feeling most valued

Engineers working in Energy and Renewables felt the most valued (60%), revealed the study, followed by Food and Drink (58%) and Chemicals/Pharma and Medical (55%). The least valued, according to the poll, were from Rail/Civil and Structural sectors (30%), followed by Defence, Security and Marine (41%) and Materials (43%).  Engineers in Manufacturing, Aerospace and Oil and Gas all received a satisfaction score for feeling valued in their role, of 45%.

An overview of salaries

While the average salary of an engineer was found to be £56, 807, a junior or graduate salary was £33,725, while a senior engineer or manager was found to earn £56,506 on average. A director-level salary was found to be an average of £84,091.

SECTOR

AVERAGE SALARY (£)

Salary

SATISFACTION (%)

Happy in current job (%)

Feel valued (%)

Considering change of job (%)

Academia

56,692

28%

64

50

46

Aerospace

52,129

46%

52

45

38

Automotive

57,639

49%

57

49

47

Chemicals & Pharma, Medical

55,985

41%

56

55

48

Defence & Security / Marine

52,330

49%

54

41

34

Energy / Renewable / Nuclear

65,932

66%

68

60

33

Food & Drink / Consumer Goods

56,167

51%

67

58

32

Materials

36,940

29%

57

43

60

Manufacturing

54,059

35%

60

45

37

Oil & Gas

75,366

29%

55

45

29

Rail / Civil & Structural

56,965

48%

60

30

44

Telecomms / Utilities / Electronics

58,412

33%

55

47

43



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