The 2022 UK Salary Guide

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Plan your 2022 new employee onboarding strategies and performance reviews with the UK’s most comprehensive, data-led salary benchmarking tool to ensure you retain and attract the UK's top talent.

Developed in partnership with a market leading data provider, we assessed over 100,000 jobs posted over the last 12-months, to provide you accurate data points on UK salary ranges, averages and expectations for permanent, contract and interim positions across the UK.

We offer salary and market insights for permanent, contract and interim positions in London, Birmingham & the Midlands, Manchester & the North and Milton Keynes & the South East, across the following discipline areas*:

  • Accounting & Finance 
  • Banking & Financial Services
  • Human Resources & Business Support
  • Legal
  • Manufacturing & Engineering
  • Marketing
  • Procurement, Supply Chain and Logistics 
  • Technology

*For salary and remuneration information on Part-Qualified & Transactional Finance, Business & Management Support, Marketing and Contract Finance, visit the Walters People website here

Whats inside...

Enhanced data

Find out salary ranges and averages across large, medium and small enterprises

Hiring Trends

See what hiring trends look like for your industry in 2022

Talent Hotspots

Learn what skill sets will be in demand for the year ahead for each sector


Explore how to attract and retain the best talent with the right offerings

The UK Salary Survey is free and based on the analysis of over 100,000 permanent, interim and contract placements made across the UK and predictions for the year ahead. Order your free copy of the salary guide today.

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Looking for something more bespoke?

Accurately budgeting for headcount spend requires access to specific salary and remuneration data that's completely bespoke to your business.

Based on your specific industry, sector, job role or location criteria, investing in a bespoke benchmarking report gives you access to upper, average and lower salary/contractor rate limits, monetary and non-monetary benefits data and data-backed recommendations for your business. These can help you to:

  • Increase retention rates
  • Develop a competitive EVP
  • Attract a wider talent pool
  • Make reliable decisions


  • Why is salary benchmarking important?

    Salary benchmarking is essential for comparing pay and compensation packages offered by an employer against the market and of those offered by competitors. Pay and compensation benchmarking can provide significant competitor advantage, through the retention and attraction of top talent and enhancing an organisations reputation. 

  • What is the salary benchmarking process?

    Salary benchmarking is the process of comparing salaries across the market for a particular job and providing a range and average for a particular role which can help guide an employer’s decision-making on pay or bonuses during appraisal period or when making a new hire. 

  • How to do salary benchmarking?

    In partnership with a data collection specialist, a benchmarking tool offers a fully comprehensive list of salary ranges and averages based on location, experience level and more. You can view the latest salary range and averages in the 2021 salary guide. 

  • What are the benefits of using a salary benchmarking guide?

    In a candidate led market, competition for in demand, niche skill sets is continuing to rise throughout 2021. Compare your salary offering and employee value propositions against the market to help you to attract new talent, and retain existing employees. Using a salary guide to benchmark your 2021 offerings can help keep you ahead of the competition and retain employees who will be vital for bridging future business skills gaps. 

  • Do I need to hire a contract, temp or permanent employee?

    We will partner with you to assist in the decision-making process. Sometimes we will suggest a combination of contract, temp and permanent solutions on a case-by-case basis.

    Contract hires are great for gap filling and ensuring business as usual specifically during seasonal periods when many permanent employees are on annual leave. Contract hires are also a great approach to 'try before you buy', to test their technical skills and team fit before offering them a permanent position. 

  • How do I know if my contract hire will be in or out of IR35?

    We are partnering with Qdos, a UK leader in insurance and advise for UK-based contractors, freelancers and consultants. Our combined expertise and collaborative approach to working with leading businesses across the UK, we provide pragmatic solutions and consultancy services to determine if the assignment will be in or out of IR35.

    Download our guide to prepare for IR35 changes

  • How do I evaluate employee pay & compensation during performance reviews?

    Salary and compensation reviews often take place during the annual and half-year employee performance reviews. In tangent with the employee performance scoring, you can use a salary benchmarking tool to inform the pay and compensation review process. The tool also gives good insight into market trends and in-demand skill sets. So, use performance reviews to see where the employee fits relative to the external jobs market and avoid losing in-demand talent through effective pay and compensation strategies.   

UK Hiring Market Update 

"Despite starting the year in a pandemic, the mass vaccine roll-out and widespread easing of restrictions in 2021 had a positive effect on business confidence, and with that came the return of hiring. Pent-up demand from has meant that candidates are in the position of power – with the hottest talent able to command competitive pay increases''

The candidate shortage will continue into 2022, and it is here where companies will need to work harder to convince professionals to join their team. Employer brands will need to be enhanced, and benefits packages revised in line with post-pandemic expectations.

Chris Poole, Managing Director - UK