UK MEP Design Market Overview and Salary Guide Winter 2022

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Posted 02.12.22

Energi People MEP Design Market Overview and Salary Guide Winter 2022

Welcome to the Winter MEP Design Market overview and salary guide 2022, what a year it has been!

Energi People are delighted to share their latest salary guide, full of informative content. This guide presents the Winter 2022 MEP Design Market overview and salary guide.

Market Recruitment Needs

A lot of our clients are going through a period of growth with projects that are leading to the recruitment of new staff members being in high demand this year. With the construction market in full swing, it has brought with it the struggle to find new talent.

Requirements for our clients span every grade. However, many of the roles we have filled over the last few months have been at intermediate and senior engineer level, particularly with a strong bias on Electrical Engineers. I personally have focused on a wide array of strategic hires & headhunts over the past year to support client’s growth plans, strengthening their management team, breaking into new sectors & creating new teams/business units.

Mechanical and Electrical Professionals are needed now more than ever. Above all to really help drive this period of growth. As recruitment specialists within the M&E Building services market we are finding that the search for the perfect candidate becoming increasing more difficult. Our highest in demand job titles being intermediate to senior electrical engineers. It is definitely a candidate and skills short market therefore specialist positions are even more in demand.

Job Title Salary
Junior Engineer £25k to £32k per year (1-2yrs exp)
Senior Engineer £50k to £65k per year (7-10 yrs exp)
Associate Director £75k to £92K per year
Contract Senior Mechanical Engineer £45-48 ph Inside IR35/£55-£58ph Outside IR35
MEP Resident Engineer £450-£550 p/day Inside IR35/£550-£600 Outside IR35

Moving into 2023

Over the past 12 months, we have had great success assisting candidates relocating from Hong Kong
under the new BNO (British National Overseas) agreement. This has provided us with a great, additional
pool of very highly qualified engineers who have worked on an array of projects to British standards.
Furthermore, there is no longer a need for BNO candidates to be sponsored. They have a 5-year work visa and can apply for settlement in the UK after the 5 year period.

Candidates are very much now in the driving seat. A strong CV with career stability will generate
interviews in double figures, easily. Time is critical in the hiring process, with clients who unfortunately
take longer to decide on CV’s, book interviews or send offers losing out to their faster competitors daily.
Time really is of the essence.


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