2009 Construction week Salary Surveyby Stuart Matthews on Nov 20, 2009
The first Construction Week salary survey was conducted via ConstructionWeekOnline.com, during April to September 2009.
These were the darkest days of the recession in the Gulf, with a sense that everyone was waiting to see what would happen. The mood was quite pessimistic.
Yet, despite the feeling at the time, the results show signs of optimism. Opinions on the likelihood of securing a pay rise, or even just retaining a job, are surprisingly positive.
Responses were voluntary and passively solicited. Respondents were not asked to provide their names or any contact details. Results were collected and collated by a third-party online provider.
A total of 1221 people took part. Not all answered every question. Invalid responses, such as selecting multiple age and salary brackets, have not been counted. Salary windows for specific positions are based on people identifying themselves by that job title.
Specialists in the field of recruitment and human resources have been consulted to verify the results and identify anomalies.
On the rise?
With any survey there are always anomalous results, but they are frequently the most interesting. They can demonstrate a gulf in perception between an individual’s view and that of the wider industry.
The starkest example of this in the CW salary survey was people’s expectations regarding pay rises. A staggering 61% of respondents believed they would receive a pay increase at some point within the next 12 months.
The response to this from experts CW consulted was a resounding ‘no way’, with no one prepared to believe that 61% of the industry would be getting a pay rise anytime soon. It was pointed out that it is easy to be cynical about people’s expectations, but that there could be some basis in the optimism.
Those that have held on to jobs may feel that if their company has looked after them so far, it may well do so again in the future.
Manoj K. Lal (Nov 22, 2009)
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