Building services pay rises outstrip other sectors

Skills shortages are putting employees in strong position, finds Hays’ salary survey

Pay increases in building services firms have outstripped those for construction and property as a whole, according to the latest Hays Recruitment salary survey for CIBSE Journal.

The annual survey, carried out in autumn 2022, s hows an average salary increase of 5% over the previous year for building services companies, compared with 4.4% for the wider construction and property industry. However, the survey also shows that building services employees are putting a strong emphasis on work-life balance, even at the expense of pay.

A third (33%) of building services engineers said they would consider a lower-paid job for a better work-life balance alone , while 17% said they would sacrifice salary for a role with more purpose and a better work-life balance. Four out of five (80%) told Hays that an organisation’s purpose is crucial when considering a new role, and even more (83%) put a high value on sustainability.

When quizzed on the top benefits they seek, additional time off for well being was cited by 24% , the same proportion as availability of statutory paid maternity/paternity leave and a company car or vehicle allowance. Only 24% of building services engineers are currently offered hybrid working, while 51% are based fully in the workplace, according to Hays.

A more flexible, hybrid approach would tempt 40% of employees in the sector to move organisation, while 21% would be tempted by the chance to work remotely one day a week.