Vertical Salary Review 2021 shows year of flux

Vertical Salary 2021 Thumbnail CoverThis year’s Vertical Salary Review paints a mixed picture of the property industry with salaries overall rising but job satisfaction dipping.

The in-depth research report, produced by Vertical Recruitment in association with Place North West, shows:

  • Full-time salaries rising
  • Largest salary rise among architects and surveyors
  • Smallest salary rise in building services, M&E
  • Gender gap, £9,609. Gap decreased to 17% from 21% in 2020
  • Flexible working was most valued benefit
  • Satisfaction dipped 7 percentage points. Local authorities least satisfied. SME consultancies most satisfied

James Adamson, director of Vertical Recruitment, said: “We expect to see a focus on company culture and wellbeing over the next 12 months which we hope will benefit those already in the industry and promote construction as an attractive sector to work in for graduates.”

Kirsty Butcher, product director at Place North West, added: “After a tumultuous past year, with the property industry facing the pandemic and Brexit, along with accelerating tech changes, it’s interesting and important to examine the North West’s property workforce. Many in the industry have told us how useful this bi-annual report is as a tool for hiring and decision-making. We hope this year’s report can help provide some answers in a time of so many questions and uncertainties.”

Based in Manchester, Vertical Recruitment specialises in technical, construction and engineering recruitment.

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The architects get paid by far the least – would be nice if clients recognise this.

By Anonymous

“Gender gap, £9,609. Gap decreased to 17% from 21% in 2020.”

This isn’t just unfair, this could impact on the choice of which partner takes the role of primary caregiver. If women are typically being paid less, they will be the obvious choice to help with the family budget. This exasperates the gender bias at senior levels in our industry – we all know now that a diverse group of senior leaders makes for a more vibrant team with better results.

We need to do better. Managers – look at your team and make sure they are being paid fairly. Some of your employees will not ask for a rise, they are loyal and will wait for a pay rise to be offered in line with their contribution. Reward your team, treat them fairly and you will see the benefit.


@Anon – try being your digitising/planning/document drafting lackey. Hilarious architects want to talk about low pay.

By AllArchitectsAreNarcissists

SC – you have no evidence whether “primary caregiving” is the effect, rather than the cause of the difference in average remuneration/value.

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