More FM professionals to receive a pay rise – but the value will be less

by Tiffany Paczek
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Two-thirds (65 percent) of employers will give their facilities management staff a pay rise of less than three percent in their next review and 11 percent will not increase salaries at all, according to the 2018-19 Hays Salary Guide.

Released on 16 May and based on a survey of more than 3000 organisations representing over 2.3 million employees, the 2018-19 Hays Salary Guide shows a further 18 percent will give staff an increase of three to six percent. Just six percent of employers will increase their staff’s salaries by six percent or more.

Compared to their last review, when 14 percent of employers gave no increases and eight percent increased by six percent or above, the findings show that more professionals will receive an increase but the value of those increases will fall.

FM professionals however have higher expectations than employers for a salary increase. 17 percent expect an increase of six percent or more. A further 19 percent expect an increase of between three to six percent. At the other end of the scale, 25 percent do not expect any increase and 39 percent expect less than three percent.

Employees have also prioritised a pay rise. Two-thirds (67 percent) say a salary increase is their number one career priority this year. If their employer doesn’t offer a pay rise, almost half (48 percent, up from 45 percent last year) will request one.

“Australia’s construction boom is underpinning a strong facilities management jobs market,” says Austin Blackburne, regional director of Hays Facilities Management.

“Technical project managers with an engineering, construction or architecture background who can work in a range of sectors are sought. So too are technical HSE professionals, village managers, and buildings and project managers, particularly those with a construction or local government background.

“In Western Australia and Queensland, those with a FIFO soft services background are sought too.

“We’re also seeing demand in the public sector for senior facilities managers with commercial backgrounds or private experience to drive efficiencies. General building maintenance, grounds, gardens and civil maintenance skills are needed too.

“Growth in the healthcare, education and aged care sectors is fuelling demand for candidates with strong technical skills in these areas,” Blackburne says.

“Despite demand, salaries remain steady for project managers and facilities managers since contracts have tight budgets. Employers are instead relying on their brand and projects to attract and retain staff.

“Within soft services, which is an increasingly significant segment, professionals in security, cleaning, helpdesk and catering are sought after. Despite this, employers have kept salaries fairly steady,” says Blackburne.

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