This week’s poll: do engineers complain too much about pay?

Written by: Jon Excell
Published on: 18 Apr 2016

This week’s poll:

Engineering salaries are always an emotive subject, and clearly a major bugbear for many visitors to this site. Indeed, according to our own 2015 salary survey one third of UK engineers don’t think that they are paid enough.

But are engineering salaries really that bad? The various league tables would suggest not. Figures from the ONS annual survey of hours and earnings, for instance, position engineers on similar terms with those from many professions that are widely seen as very well paid.

With this in mind, and given the broad consensus that industry needs to do everything it can to encourage and attract the next generation of engineers, perhaps it’s time to stop complaining about salaries before young people are pointlessly put-off entering an industry that, compared to many others, actually offers good levels of remuneration?

Let us know what you think below in this week’s poll (the options can be found at the bottom of this page)

And if you want to engage more meaningfully with this important issue do please take a few minutes to complete our 2016 Salary Survey, which is open until the end of this month.

This special report – which we’re running in partnership with engineering recruiter Matchtech – will help us build a detailed picture of the engineering salary landscape and feed into an online benchmarking tool which you will be able to use to see how your pay stacks up against that of your peers.

All entries will be treated completely anonymously, and you will also have the chance to enter a prize draw for a £1000 John Lewis voucher.