Candidate shortages drive up salaries for manufacturing roles in the North West

The results of the Robert Walters Salary Survey reveal that salaries for manufacturing roles in the North West will rise by 5% in 2016, as employers in the region respond to a talent short market and seek to secure top professionals.

With employers optimistic about long term growth, salary increases for permanent roles are outpacing those for temporary positions. Wages for permanent roles will increase by 5% in 2016 while temporary contracts will pay 4% higher than last year.

Among specific positions, continuous improvement manager salaries are set to see the highest increases in 2016 at 11%, while salaries for process engineers will increase by 8%.

Lee Carey, Senior Consultant for Manufacturing Recruitment, Robert Walters Manchester comments: "Manufacturing businesses in the North West are bucking national trends in the industry with several sectors including pharmaceuticals and food processing seeing strong growth."

"In particular, roles relating to improving efficiencies are in high demand among employers along with technical engineering positions, leaving professionals who have experience of transforming previous businesses highly sought after."

"As one of the largest manufacturing hubs in the UK, the North West is home to a large number of successful firms which are competing for top talent in an already candidate short market, driving up salaries for professionals."

"Compared to a few years ago businesses are looking longer tem so permanent vacancies are their preferred route to market. However due to the unpredictability in the economy the need for contractors for short term projects is still high."

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