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UK Structural Engineering Salary Guide 2022

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UK Structural Engineering Salary Guide 2022

Discover what the UK structural engineering market is paying with the Energi People UK structural engineering salary guide 2022.

Structural Engineering Salary Guide

Permanent recruitment:

Market conditions have dramatically improved since the beginning of 2021. With a largely successful vaccine rollout & the Omicron variant reportedly not causing serious infections, vertical growth in most project sectors has created exponential opportunity for businesses of all sizes across the UK.

Requirements for our clients span every grade, however, most of the roles we have filled have been at intermediate and senior engineer level, with a strong bias on Senior Structural Engineers for SMEs across the Central London area.

Candidates are very much now in the driving seat. A strong CV with career stability will easily generate multiple interviews. 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 in the current market.

Structural Engineering Salary Guide*

Graduate Engineer (1-2years) £25-32k

Intermediate Engineer (2-5years) – £33-45k

Senior Engineer (7-10years) – £45-60k

Principal Engineer (10-15years) – £60-70k

Associate Engineer – £65-75k    

Associate Director – £75-90k   

Technical Director £80-100k    

Director – £90-120k

*Average salaries are based on client surveys, placement records & candidate research. Benefits are not included.

Structural Technician Salary Guide*

Junior AutoCAD Technician (0-3 years) £20-26k

Junior Revit Technician (0-3 years) – £22-30k

Structural AutoCAD Technician (3-7 years) – £28-35k

Structural Revit Technician (3-7 years) – £30-38k

Structural AutoCAD Technician (7-10 years) – £35-45k    

Senior Structural Revit Technician (7-10 years) – £38-50k   

Senior Structural Technician / CAD Manager (10 years + experience) £45k+    

BIM Manager (10 years + experience) – £55k+

*Average salaries are based on client surveys, placement records & candidate research. Benefits are not included.

Contract hires:

The introduction of IR35 has undoubtedly had an impact on the contractor workforce. Our industry has always been very heavily supported by contractors with the natural peaks and troughs created by projects. We have seen a slow, but steady increase in contract enquiries from our clients, which have been created due to the sheer demand for permanent talent & clients not being able to wait for the full permanent recruitment process (interviews, notice periods etc.)

Contract candidates naturally prefer Outside IR35 contracts given the “benefits”. The majority of Design Engineers who have a proven track record in contract assignments, are mostly in contracts again; a stark contrast from the beginning of 2021.

Due to the shortage of permanent talent within our beloved sector & the huge amount of demand, I am confident we will see continued growth in the contract market, both inside & outside of IR35, with more clients unfortunately having to accept the higher rate options for contract PAYE candidates, even as a short-term fix until they secure a permanent candidate.

Senior Structural Engineer (5-10 years’ experience) £28-35 p/h Outside IR35

Senior Structural Engineer (10 years’ + experience) £35-45 p/h Outside IR35

Structural AutoCAD Technician (5-10 years’ experience) £25-28 p/h Outside IR35

Structural AutoCAD Technician (10 years’ + experience) £28-32 p/h Outside IR35

Structural Revit Technician (5-10 years’ experience) £27-32 p/h Outside IR35

Structural Revit Technician (10 years’ + experience) £32-36 p/h Outside IR35

Conclusion

2020 lockdowns & the inability for a vast number of structural engineering graduates to secure opportunities, I fear we may see a talent shortage at intermediate level in the next 2-3 years. This is very similar in my professional opinion, as to why there is a significant shortage in client facing Senior, Principal and Associate levels, due to the 2008-2009 global recession.

Permanent recruitment continues to lead the way, with contract certainly starting to increase.

Time to offer & general decision making in clients recruitment processes are the biggest factor in them not securing talent.

As clients are now trying to bring staff back to their offices, an element of flexibility still needs to be taken into consideration. 2 days working from home and 3 days from an office appears to now be the industry norm. Companies trying to get staff back to their offices 5 days a week, in my opinion will struggle to attract talent along with retaining current staff as better, more flexible opportunities, will present themselves in the market.

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