Manufacturing & Engineering: Recruitment Insights

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Plan for pay rises, appraisals and new hires for the year ahead with the UK's leading manufacturing and engineering salary and recruitment guide. 

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.

Whether you're looking to attract and retain talent, or if you're looking for your next career move, we offer salary and market insights for permanent, contract and interim positions Manchester & the North recruiting the following positions:

  • Operations Director
  • Factory/Plant Manager
  • Engineering Manager
  • Health and Safety Manager
  • Production Manager
  • CI Manager
  • Quality Manager
  • Process Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Automation Engineer
  • ECI Engineer

Manufacturing & Engineering key trends

33% of manufacturing & engineering professionals do not think their pay is an accurate reflection of the work they do


The sector experienced a 3% talent pool growth during 2020, with average tenure increasing to 2.5 years following high demand in 2020. 

40% of manufacturing & engineering professionals attempt to negotiate their salary when accepting a job offer.


25% of businesses will be offering a pay rise in 2021, with only 10% of professionals actually expecting to receive a pay rise in the year ahead. 

50% of manufacturing & engineering professionals look for opportunities with flexi-hours


"Improvements in business communication" was the biggest employee value for 2021, followed closely by "flexible working" and "increased focus on well-being".

Enhance your talent acquisition strategy

The latest market findings can help support and structure your recruitment offering and approach in 2021 to ensure you attract the best talent in the market. Candidates will be looking for benefit packages that reflect the new world of work and for a new potential employer to have a more inclusive focus on general wellbeing and a structure encompassing educational, mental and physical support as opposed to pure financial reward. Request a copy of the 2021 Salary Survey for more information on employee value expectations for the year ahead. 

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