Hays releases facilities management salary guide

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Employers will transition away from higher levels of temporary and contract roles back to more permanent positions in the year ahead, but recruiting experts Hays Facilities Management warns FM professionals not to expect big salary increases during this period.

According to the 2015 Hays Salary Guide, 23 per cent of property, construction & engineering professionals can expect a salary increase of three per cent or more in their next review. However the vast majority (61 per cent) will receive an increase of less than three per cent.

The Hays Salary Guide includes salary and recruiting trends for over 1,000 roles in 14 locations in Australia and New Zealand. It is based on a survey of 2,610 organisations, representing almost 2.9 million (2,891,747) employees.

  • 45 per cent of property, construction & engineering employers in Australia increased salaries by less than 3 per cent last year, while 24 per cent gave increases between 3 and 6 per cent;
  • Looking ahead, 61 per cent of employers will increase salaries by less than 3 per cent in their next review;
  • 64 per cent expect business activity to increase in the next 12 months.

“FM service providers find themselves in a market where they are required to provide a full suite of services and therefore tender on Total Facilities Management solutions (TFM),” says Austin Blackburne, Regional Director of Hays Facilities Management. “As such, they require more flexible and adaptable candidates able to cover both hard and soft portfolios; this is a dramatic transition from specialist roles.

“In other trends, we saw a dramatic increase in demand for soft services in 2014-15 and we expect this to remain a growth area. The industry has seen high demand for Senior Managers in cleaning as well as supervisory candidates for SME’s across all states. Soft services also remain in massively high demand in the mining states of Western Australia and Queensland.

“Organisations continue to require maintenance trades, and security and catering is a strong focus for both corporate and mining sites. Demand for corporate soft services professionals is also rising in the Sydney CBD.

“Overall, the demand in soft services is putting upward pressure on salaries. Demand is also strong from large Sydney corporations and in remote locations,” he said.

Overall the Hays Salary Guide shows that those who did receive a salary increase in 2014-15 found that their wallet was not that much heavier. 45 per cent of employers increased salaries by less than 3 per cent, while 24 per cent gave increases between 3 and 6 per cent. Just 8 per cent of employers gave increases of 6 per cent or more.

Looking ahead, 61 per cent of employers intend to increase salaries in their next review by less than 3 per cent. A further 18 per cent will boost salaries between 3 and 6 per cent, while just 5 per cent will increase by 6 per cent or more.

Get your copy of the 2015 Hays Salary Guide.

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