Engineering salary growth drops amid political uncertainty

IMechE | January 10, 2019

Engineering salary growth slowed down significantly in 2018, with an increase in advertised pay of only 0.1%. The slowdown is likely to be a natural pause after two consecutive years of 4.2% growth rather than any long-term stagnation, however, recruitment and engineering experts told Professional Engineering.
Engineering’s poor growth was the second lowest for sectors covered by the 2019 Reed salary guides. Procurement and supply-chain jobs, which also have a direct impact on engineering companies, saw no salary growth. Advertised salaries for accountancy and finance, on the other hand, increased by 1.8%, and the wider technology sector saw a 1.4% increase.

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Systems integration and interoperability come up often as projects and teams launch new applications to make the delivery of capital projects more efficient, more collaborative, more predictable and most importantly, more successful. Systems integration was created because project team members needed a way to share reliable data and innovative solutions with one another, in order to help drive decisions and improve efficiency.

Spotlight

Systems integration and interoperability come up often as projects and teams launch new applications to make the delivery of capital projects more efficient, more collaborative, more predictable and most importantly, more successful. Systems integration was created because project team members needed a way to share reliable data and innovative solutions with one another, in order to help drive decisions and improve efficiency.

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