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Rise in engineers' pay shown by latest study

16 November 2016

Engineering graduates can now expect to be paid 22% more than the average graduate pay level, according to the latest industry pay report from EEF.

Average pay for engineering graduates has reached the level of £28,000 per annum, compared to the £22,984 received by other graduates.

According to the EEF, average engineering graduate pay levels have increased by 4% since 2015, compared with the 2% rise in basic median pay for engineers.

Senior research and development engineers have seen the largest pay increases, however, with a 28% rise in basic median pay from last year.

Further results from the study showed that professionals in South East England earn the most, taking home £40,000 a year on average, with the lowest levels of pay in the South West and typically 11% less than the South East figure.

The rises reflect the fact that engineering skills are in high demand, but short supply, according to EEF director of employment and skills policy Tim Thomas.

"Offering an attractive salary remains the first line of defence for firms fiercely competing to attract and retain skilled workers vital to their business," he continued.

"It's a key factor behind our sector's reputation for offering well-paid, sustainable careers, but it also reinforces the need for employers to be fully aware of industry pay rates so that they can benchmark and position themselves accordingly."

Copies of the report can be purchased from the EEF.

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