Employers “playing it safe with health and safety professionals’ pay”

This compares with a 2% pay rise recorded across the economy by pay analysts at XpertHR. Almost two-fifths of respondents had their pay cut or frozen last year.

The ninth annual survey of pay and conditions covering 1035 UK health and safety professionals, found that the median salary for a health and safety adviser in the sample is between £30,000 and £32,499 per year. For health and safety managers, this rises to between £37,500 and £39,999.

Higher salaries were recorded in Scotland and the South-East, for those in the construction sector, for contractors rather than directly-employed staff, and for employees with the highest qualifications.

Exactly half of the professionals questioned believe that they are underpaid, although a further 38.4% say that they are “sufficiently paid”.

But job satisfaction is high, with 71.7% of respondents reporting that they are “happy” or “very happy” in their posts. Contentment was higher in the private sector than for those employed in the public sector.

The main findings are as follows.

• The median salary for health and safety managers is between £37,500 and £39,999 in the 12 months to September 2014.
• The highest average salary remains in the construction sector where health and safety managers are
paid between £40,000 and £42,500 at the median, and the lowest in wholesale and retail and transport
and logistics where managers are paid a median £32,500 to £34,999.
• The median average salary for all UK health and safety professionals, from assistants to directors, was between £32,500 and £34,999.
• The median pay increase for practitioners last year was 1%, half the 2% rise for all professions.
• Around two in five people have had their pay frozen or cut, level with our previous survey.
• There is no evidence in our survey that practitioners have gravitated towards higher qualifications in
recent years, though those with degree level qualifications and above are substantially better
remunerated.
• Freelance consultants’ median earnings are pitched well above those for directly employed professionals at a comparable level.
• More than two-thirds of practitioners say they are happy in their jobs.
• Half the health and safety practitioners believe they are underpaid.
• There is a slight increase in the proportion of practitioners saying they expect trading conditions to be
better this year than last.

Author of the report Adam Geldman said: “Pay rises for the profession lagged behind the national average last year and pay freezes are still common, but many health and safety professionals remain remarkably upbeat.”

The results are taken from a survey of 1,035 UK-based health and safety professionals, conducted in September and October 2014 by Health and Safety at Work magazine.

Source: Health and Safety at Work and Personnel Today

Post date: 04 Jun 2015

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