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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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Construction, engineering and building employers should step up their game if they want to head off a mass exodus of workers this year, a new survey suggests.

Almost half of building professionals say they are looking to leave their current positions in 2014 in search of higher wages and better benefits, according to, a U.K.-based job-recruitment website.

“As industry confidence grows, the desire for change will build, so we expect to see a lot of switching in 2014,” commercial director Rob Searle said in a statement.

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U.S. Department of Labor

Employers will have to work harder to retain talent as confidence in the building industry grows, according to Rob Searle, commercial director.

“Employers will need to work harder than ever to retain their talent, as jobseekers consider locations abroad and at home which offer bolstered remuneration packages.”

The company surveyed more than 2,000 construction, engineering and built-environment professionals globally and found that 47 percent wanted to leave their current employer in 2014.

The site reported the survey results with a focus on the U.S. and U.K. markets.

Desire for Change

Over half (58 percent) of the professionals surveyed said they deserved higher salaries; 60 percent reported that they were unhappy with their current benefits packages.

Fifty-nine percent said they were not pleased with their current promotion prospects.

Only nine percent said they intended to stay at the same job this year, according to

The Best and Worst

The oil and gas sector has the “best paid and happiest workforce,” the survey said.

Oil and Gas workers
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Ten percent of oil & gas workers earn £100,000 ($166,440 USD) or more, and 44 percent received a raise of five percent or more in the past year, according to the survey.

According to the survey, 10 percent of oil & gas workers earn £100,000 ($166,440 USD) or more, and 44 percent received a pay increase of five percent or more in the past year.

Those figures differ greatly from those in the building services workforce, where 21 percent of workers earn £15,000 ($24,966 USD) or less each year, compared to an industry average of £38,625 ($64,287 USD).

Addiional sector data was not immediately available.

Location: A Factor

Location was another important factor influencing salary, the survey found.

For example, 71 percent of building professionals in North America took home £50,000 ($83,220) a year or more.


The survey also asked building professionals about their priorities on the job. Salary and security topped the list.

In London, 20 percent of industry professionals earned £50,000 ($83,220) or more, according to the survey. is a construction, built environment and engineering recruitment website. The website draws more than 250,000 unique users globally each month, according to the site.


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