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2016 Sustainability, Energy and Environmental Salary Survey - The Trends

2016-08-03 08:00:00 +0100 by Miriam Heale


Whilst much has changed since the EU referendum, including the disappearance of the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the sustainability and energy markets remain buoyant.

Indeed our recent 2016 Sustainability, Energy and Environmental Professionals Careers and Salary Survey highlights the robustness of this rapidly maturing industry and the optimism therein.

Although the cloud of the recession lingers, pay freezes and redundancies during the last five years have dropped dramatically. Office closures are also down by 44%.

Inevitably some markets will take longer to recover or experience an outright downturn, just as oil and gas and some areas of manufacturing. The economic uncertainty will not leave everyone unscathed.

However, for all the anxiety surrounding post Brexit Britain, sustainability remains strong. Most areas are experiencing growth, headcount is increasing over the last month and expecting to continue well into 2017.

Similarly, job satisfaction remains positive. Understandably figures may have dipped recently but with well over half of respondents in all sectors feeling satisfied in their work it sends a positive message as to the stability of the companies operating.

Fifty-three percent feel that prospects are either good or very good, but that number grows to sixty-seven percent when respondents are asked about the next five years.

This highlights the rate at which the market is growing and maturing. Overall professionals feel more secure in their jobs than they did in 2010.

Employees feeling more secure in their job has resulted in a decline in the number of people looking to move jobs in the next twelve months. Whilst the percentage sits at a little under a quarter, it’s still more positive than a third, six years ago.

As salaries, overall in the market remain high and have increased over the last five years, this desire to move on could be as benign as the usual and inevitable turnover of staff.

That said, the younger demographics have experienced only a marginal salary increase during this period whereas the 51-60 age groupings are being paid on average £10,000 a year more compared to 2010.

This huge leap is partly due to the growing skills gap in engineering, making these experienced individuals highly sought after.

However, despite the overall satisfaction of individuals in the market, the high number of employees seeking new employment in a year of less should be giving employers cause for concern.

The public sector will suffer the most in the inevitable game of musical chairs as employee confidence, salary and job security is at its lowest. There are no surprises here, especially as the benefits that have kept civil servants static for years are gradually being eroded.

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