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Salary Survey Results Shared

01 June 2016

Salary Survey Results Shared

Circle2Success with members Ambrose Recruitment have been working on collecting statistics on salaries in the manufacturing sector across the region.  This follows conversations from the C2S Manufacturing Focus Group on the difficulty of recruiting staff.
Ambrose Recruitment who specialise in technical, engineering and supply chain recruitment took on the task with support from Gloucestershire College; the Growth Hub; GET and HR Champions to ask manufacturing companies to complete a short survey on 5 key roles, Design Engineer; Maintenance Engineer; Quality Engineer; Production Engineer and Service Engineer.  The survey asked for lower and upper salary bandings around experience levels as well as asking for details about other benefits that the company provided including bonuses; pensions; car etc. 

61% of companies that completed the survey were part of a group with 39% being a single site company. There was an even spread of size of companies ranging from 50 employees to over 5000. An example of 1 set of data for a Design Engineer which was defined as Educated to HND / 5 years experience or above.

Highly proficient in at least 1 3D CAD system.
Able to demonstrate an understanding of materials selection and application.
Able to complete a project throughout the full life cycle including concept, prototype, modification, design for manufacture.
Companies were asked to complete the lowest salary they paid for this skill set which was on average £29,523, we then asked for the upper banding which averaged £40,713.  20% of companies paid over £50,000 at the upper end. Benefits included 63% paid bonus; 33% paid overtime; 33% offered flexible working hours.

The results of the first cut of the data was shared with some regional manufacturing companies including Severn Glocon; AGD; Duraflex; Helipebs and Poeton. The meeting was kindly hosted by Assa Abloy who employ over 160 people on their site in Cheltenham - better known internationally as Securistyle and in the consumer market for their brands Yale & Chubb. Assa Abloy UK turn over approx. £170m and internationally they are the biggest lock manufacturer by volume in the world.  Amazing what is on your door step!
Results of the survey were fed back to local businesses and a discussion on best practice took place as well insights provided from Ambrose on the recruitment market.

Andrew Thornton BEng (Hons) Engineering Manager from Southco Ltd said of the survey 'The Manufacturing Survey organised by Ambrose Recruitment and Circle2Success is impressive; it%u2019s a good benchmark tool for recruitment in the region but perhaps more importantly it highlights shifts in the market with regards to benefits which may not be typically be associated with roles; with this understanding it will certainly help me with staff recruitment and retention.'

Ron Tyler, Director of Manufacturing & Finance at Helipebs said 'it was great to attend this event and have the opportunity to benchmark Helipebs salaries against other companies; and he was really pleased to see that the salaries that we pay were attractive. What was particularly interesting was the other benefits companies offer to make themselves competitive, food for thought at Helipebs.

Please contact Ambrose Recruitment ( or Circle2Success ( to complete the survey and access the results.

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