Staggered to read the below article this morning.
I have personally witnessed on-site, installation management salaries escalate over the past five years, but not quite to this extent.
I am obviously going to ask this, but with such skill sets demanding dramatic increases, I would be interested to hear if firms have employed the services of a true, research led headhunter as opposed to a more reactionary advertising approach. In a discipline or industry where there is a perceived shortage of skills, companies should be willing to invest in a researched based headhunter. This will provide an objective viewpoint on the market, having proactively approached target individuals who may not be looking on job boards.
A chronic shortage of estimators has seen salaries for senior roles hit the £100,000 mark for the first time. Luxury developer St James is currently advertising for a senior estimator. The firm – which is part of the Berkeley Group – is willing to pay up to £100,000 to find the right person to work on a £200m residential scheme. Estimating has traditionally been seen as one of the less glamorous back office roles in construction. But a shortage of new recruits into the profession and a rising market has sent wages soaring. One industry observer said: “It’s virtually impossible to find estimators in the market at the moment and to a certain extent they can name their price. Salaries for project managers have already topped the £100,000 mark as the white collar skills shortage continues to intensify.