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Top tips for salary negotiation         When negotiating salary with a prospective new employer, it’s        sure you’ve g...
pay and conditions  Pay hits a higher note  Welcome to the seventh annual survey of health and safety practitioners’  remu...
pay and conditions     Salary levels                     We ASKED survey respond-           — a salary received by 5% of t...
pay and conditions               Are you paid enough?               Figure 2 presents an analysis of                      ...
pay and conditions     Workplace factors                  All things being equal, the         is in the £32,500 to £34,499...
pay and conditions  Reward and benefits                       Basic pay is just one element       that, on provisional est...
pay and CONDITIONS   Our 2012 survey sample                Our analysis, carried out by      working overseas, giving a to...
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Health and Safety Salary survey 2013


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  1. 1. PAY SURVEY 2012
  2. 2. Top tips for salary negotiation When negotiating salary with a prospective new employer, it’s sure you’ve given it some thought before the interview. You are negotiat- really important to get the conversation right. Lots of us lack ing and the salary you finally agree is unlikely to be the first figure you confidence and don’t know how best to approach the topic. It’s mention. So set your starting point in the knowledge that you’re likelynot embarrassing; in fact, it’s a normal part of business and a key part to settle on a lower figure in the end.of setting the tone between you and your employer. Above all, the most important thing is to agree a figure you’re happy If possible, wait for a figure to be put to you rather than telling the with. If you follow the tips below, you should ensure you get the rightinterviewer what you’re looking for. If you have to quote a figure, make offer, whoever starts the negotiation. 1 4 Know your value — Make sure you know Look at the package as a whole what you want to be paid. You must know your — Make sure you look beyond the basic salary target salary and what you would accept. This is and factor in everything that’s important to you, a negotiation and you may not achieve your ideal such as car allowance, pension, bonus, profit salary but if you don’t know what you need, how share, holidays, flexible working, support for can you make sure you get the right offer? training and future career opportunities. 2 5 Research — If you don’t do your research, Don’t be afraid to practise — how will you know if you’re getting a competitive Find someone to play the part of the employer offer? What’s the salary range? What have they and encourage them to ask tough, probing offered in the past? What’s the market rate for a questions. similar role? 3 In summary: if you don’t ask, you don’t get. Be Keep the upper hand — Make sure the confident. Know your worth. Be realistic. The interviewer knows you have options. If they are negotiation will have gone well if both sides come competing with another employer, there’s much away smiling. It’s a great way to start your working more chance they’ll make the right offer and relationship. move quickly, so they don’t lose you. Looking for the right job takes time - let us speed it up for you Hundreds of employers search our candidate profiles each week looking for talented health and safety professionals like you Upload your cv and let us find your next health and safety job Go to SW031012-HSW_Half Page.indd 1 14/11/2012 05:34
  3. 3. pay and conditions Pay hits a higher note Welcome to the seventh annual survey of health and safety practitioners’ remuneration and conditions from HSW magazine, and the fifth conducted in conjunction with specialist recruiter Attwood Burton Since our last annual review of the pay and conditions of Key findings health and safety practitioners, ■■ The median annual salary for the benchmark post of a full-time health the economy has yet to embark on a and safety manager across the economy as a whole is in a range sustained recovery, with uncertainty at between £40,000 and £42,499, compared to a figure within the £37,500 home and abroad creating a gloomy to £39,999 bracket this time last year. backdrop. But despite the undoubted ■■ All things being equal, the larger the organisation, the higher the salary pressures on the profession, a total of a health and safety professional can expect to receive. 844 practitioners have taken the trouble ■■ The proportion of participants subject to a pay cut or freeze over the to respond to HSW’s 2012 online sur- past 12 months has remained more or less static since our last survey. vey, the results of which we present in ■■ Median full-time salaries for health and safety managers working in this supplement. utilities tend to be the highest, with those in the public sector and As ever, the whole range of job manufacturing among the ones at the bottom of the pile. roles is covered — from administra- ■■ Despite continued concerns about the state of the economy, a clear tive assistant to director of health and majority of practitioners feel secure in their current employment, with safety — in small, medium and large little difference in sentiment between those working in the private organisations, across a full array of sector and their public sector counterparts. industries in the private, public and ■■ Full-time male health and safety practitioners continue to receive a not-for-profit sectors. substantially higher like-for-like salary than their female colleagues. The research, conducted last ■■ Three-quarters of respondents say they are either “happy” or “very autumn, covers the 12-month period happy” in their current role, with no discernable difference between to the end of September 2012. Details the views of those working in the private and public sectors. of the survey sample are on page VIII. IIIhsw pay survey 2012
  4. 4. pay and conditions Salary levels We ASKED survey respond- — a salary received by 5% of those Given a fair wind, most workers ents to identify their current polled. One in three workers in HSW’s expect to receive a pay rise at least annual salary by placing it “top earners” bracket is a freelancer annually. But in these tough economic within one of 19 bands, each rising in or contractor. times, perhaps such an improvement steps of £2500. Participants were also should not be taken for granted. able to state whether they were paid All about the money? HSW’s headline measure of whole- less than £20,000, or more than Intriguingly, seven full-time employees economy salary awards is given by £79,999, and were asked to identify the paid less than £20,000 a year told HSW the median increase in basic pay. As job title that most accurately reflects they are “very happy” in their current set out in Figure 1, over the 12 months their role from a pre-set list of 12. role, while two workers paid at or above to the end of the survey period, the mid-point salary increase among all “Until health and safety is truly integrated into other survey participants, bar freelancers and contractors, was 1% (zero at the management functions, it will continue [as] the ‘poor lower quartile and 3% at the upper quartile) — exactly the same as in 2011. relation’ with regards to salaries and benefits” To put this into context, the median whole economy basic pay award over the 12 months to the end of Octo- A survey respondent ber 2012, according to pay analysts XpertHR, was 2.5%. Taking the sample as a whole, 4% £80,000 (both directors of health and In 2011, we found a marked de- of all full-time workers receive an an- safety) say they are currently “very cline in the proportion of health and nual salary below £20,000, with private unhappy” — perhaps bearing out the safety professionals suffering either a sector workers marginally more likely to old adage that money isn’t everything. reduction in wages or a salary freeze be paid at this relatively low level than Across the entire sample and compared to 2010. The percentage their public sector counterparts. It is no across all jobs, the median (mid-point) of employees subject to a pay cut or surprise that administrators, advisers full-time salary is between £35,000 a standstill in 2012 is broadly similar and assistants tend to be concentrated and £37,499, compared to £32,500 and to a year ago, though this still means towards the bottom of the spectrum, £34,999 at the time of our 2011 survey. that more than two-fifths of survey though three full-time health and safety The lower quartile (the point at or respondents have either had their pay managers say they are paid less than below which the lowest 25% of sala- frozen or reduced. £20,000 a year — one in financial ries is located) is within a pay bracket A separate analysis of the wage services, one in construction and the between £27,500 and £29,999. Con- awards received by freelancers and other in the hotels and catering sector. versely, the upper quartile (the point at contractors in 2012 produces a median At the top of the wages pile are or above which the top 25% of salaries of zero, suggesting they are perhaps those full-time respondents earning can be found) is within a band between wary of putting up fees in an uncertain an annual wage in excess of £79,999 £45,000 and £47,499. economic climate. Figure 1: 2012 pay rises (%) “It’s disappointing that Pay cut health and safety Pay freeze practitioners have received 1% rise 2% rise a lower salary increase 3% rise than the UK average” 4% rise 5% rise Mark Burton, 6–10% rise director, Attwood Burton >10% riseIV hsw pay survey 2012
  5. 5. pay and conditions Are you paid enough? Figure 2 presents an analysis of contractors gives a median annual base salary of between £45,000 and “Health and safety the full-time salaries for employees working in a range of common £47,499, putting them second only to heads of health and safety in the continues to be health and safety roles. The median whole economy pay stakes. HSW also asked survey par- undervalued in times of salary for the benchmark position of health and safety manager is within ticipants whether they are paid enough; their answers are sum- economic difficulty. It a band of £40,000 and £42,499, compared to a salary between marised in Figure 3. Within this, perceptions are interesting; while is still seen largely as a £37,500 and £39,999 in 2011. The median whole -sample almost half (48%) of health and safety professionals in the private support service, rather salary attached to the full-time position of a health and safety of- sector say their pay is sufficient, bearing in mind their roles and than an integrated part ficer is found somewhere in a range between £27,500 and £29,999 a responsibilities, in the public sector this figure falls to just 35%. of the business, thus it year, while a head of health and safety can expect to receive an Similarly, almost two-thirds (64%) of public sector practitioners takes a hit when times annual salary of between £55,000 and £57,499. Our separate analysis think they are paid less than they are worth; this falls to 50% in the are hard” of rates paid to freelancers and private sector. A survey respondent Figure 2: Median annual full-time salary bandings by job function Job function Whole economy (£pa) Private sector (£pa) Public sector (£pa) Health and safety officer £27,500–£29,999 £27,500–£29,999 £27,500–£29,999 Health and safety adviser £30,000–£32,499 £32,500–£34,999 £30,000–£32,499 Health and safety £35,000–£37,499 £35,000–£37,499 — consultant Health and safety £40,000–£42,499 £40,000–£42,499 £37,500–£39,999 manager Head of health and safety £55,000–£57,499 £55,00–£57,499 — Figure 3: Pay satisfaction levels “The gap between public sector (35%) and private sector (48%) employees who think they are paid enough is a stark one. Are factors like job security and pension Underpaid being factored in?” Sufficiently paid Overpaid Alistair Attwood, director, Attwood Burton Vhsw pay survey 2012
  6. 6. pay and conditions Workplace factors All things being equal, the is in the £32,500 to £34,499 bracket. Location, location larger an organisation in terms But where there are between 11 and 50 It’s no surprise there are pronounced of workforce size, the higher health and safety professionals report- regional salary variations (see Figure the basic salary a survey participant ing to the respondent, the median sal- 4). Across the sample as a whole, can expect to receive. So, within an ary is between £45,000 and £47,499. those working overseas can expect to receive a median annual basic sal- ary of between £50,000 and £52,499 “Due to the lack of opportunities in the — this relatively generous pay level possibly includes an element to com- North West, positions are difficult to find. I now pensate for working abroad. Within the UK, the South East have more responsibilities and I’m working for and the East Midlands tend to attract the highest median salaries (within a intolerant managers — all for lower pay” range between £37,500 and £39,999), with the lowest found in Wales (be- A survey respondent tween £30,000 and £32,499). As well as marked regional salary variations, organisation employing between and Budgets also seem to have an differences are also evident when com- one and 49 people, the median annual influence on pay. For a full-time par- paring rates broken down by industrial salary for a full-time health and safety ticipant with no allocated health and sector, as Figure 5 indicates. professional across all job roles is safety budget, the median annual sal- As in 2011, health and safety between £30,000 and £32,499, while ary is between £32,500 and £34,499. managers in the electricity, gas and the median annual salary where em- At the opposite end, where a re- water sectors top the pay stakes, with ployee numbers exceed 1000 is be- spondent manages a budget in excess a median annual salary of between tween £40,000 and £42,499. of £100,000 a year, the basic salary is £45,000 and £47,999, followed by There is a similar story when it between £42,500 and £44,499. construction (£42,500 to £44,999) and comes to the number of health and These findings are to be expected, general services (£40,000 to £42,499). safety staff that par ticipants are as the greater responsibility, the more Transport and logistics; retail and responsible for managing. At the mid- senior the employee is likely to be wholesale; manufacturing; and the point, the annual salary for someone and so the higher the salary they can public sector are at the lower end of with sole responsibility for the function expect to receive. the pay spectrum. Figure 4: Regional median salary bandings for all full-time health and safety professionals Figure 5: Median annual salary bandings by industry (health and safety managers)* Region Median annual salary band (£pa) Industry Health and safety Overseas £50,000–£52,499 manager (£pa) South East £37,500–£39,999 Utilities £45,000–£47,499 East Midlands £37,500–£39,999 Construction £42,500–£44,999 North West £35,000–£37,499 General services £40,000–£42,499 South West £35,000–£37,499 Transport and logistics £37,500–£39,999 Scotland £35,000–£37,499 Retail and wholesale £37,500–£39,999 North East £32,500–£34,999 Manufacturing £37,500–£39,999 West Midlands £32,500–£34,999 Public sector £37,500–£39,999 Wales £30,000–£32,499 * For full-time employeesVI hsw pay survey 2012
  7. 7. pay and conditions Reward and benefits Basic pay is just one element that, on provisional estimates, the managers, according to our data. The of an employee’s overall re- full-time median whole-economy gen- median whole-economy salary for a muneration. Organisations der pay gap in favour of men is 10.5%. full-time employee occupying this posi- offer staff a variety of benefits in addi- This broad brush figure, however, tion was in a range between £40,000 tion to their salary, with some perks masks some interesting variations, and £42,999. For a man, it also ranged undoubtedly more desirable than oth- not least in the disparity between the from £40,000 to £42,499. However, on ers. As HSW has done in previous earnings of male and female health a like-for-like basis, it was between years, we asked participants whether and safety professionals. £37,500 and £39,999 for a woman. or not they receive any of the most common fringe benefits. The battle of the sexes Get qualified Almost two-fifths (38.9%) of re- Based on the latest figures available Our analysis shows that in general the spondents receive an annual bonus from the ONS, in 2011 the whole better qualified a health and safety of some kind, with such payments economy median gross weekly pay professional is, the higher the pay they more than twice as likely in the private of a full-time health and safety officer can expect to receive (see Figure 6). sector than in the public sector. More was £608 (£620.90 at the mean aver- Participants holding an MSc can look than a third of all respondents have age). On the same basis, a man was forward to a median full-time salary of private health insurance (again this paid £673 (£693.60), while a woman between £45,000 and £47,499 a year. being more common in the private received just £508.50 (£587.50) — a Those whose highest qualification is sector) and a shade over a quarter headline gap of almost 25%. a NEBOSH Certificate are paid some- of all participants are provided with a This disparity is confirmed by where between £27,500 and £29,999. company car. HSW’s analysis; our 2012 survey As in 2011, however, there are The percentage of employees elicited responses from 654 men some exceptions. Holders of an NVQ with access to a final salary pension and 190 women. Taking the same level 4 qualification are paid a median scheme has remained fairly constant role — a full-time health and safety salary above that received by a degree over the past year at just over a fifth of officer — the median annual salary holder. This may be explained — at respondents, though money purchase across the whole sample fell within a least in part — by the fact that the schemes are now more prevalent band between £27,500 and £29,999. degree route into the health and safety among health and safety professionals Though this figure was the same as profession has been available for a than they were in 2011. that paid to men, women received a relatively short period of time com- The latest Annual Survey of Hours median salary somewhere between pared to other pathways. Less than 2% and Earnings, published by the Office £25,000 and £27,499. A similar picture of respondents have no formal health for National Statistics (ONS), found also emerges for health and safety and safety qualification. Figure 6: Median salary bandings by highest qualification* Qualification Median annual “Health and safety salary band (£pa) professionals MSc £45,000–£47,499 are rightly rewarded Postgraduate Diploma £42,500–£44,999 as they advance NVQ level 4 £37,500–£39,999 their knowledge via NEBOSH Diploma (including NEBOSH £35,000–£37,499 Diploma in Environmental Management) academic qualifications” Degree £35,000–£37,499 Mark Burton, NEBOSH Construction Certificate £32,500–£34,999 director, Attwood Burton NEBOSH Certificate £27,500–£29,999 * For full-time employees VIIhsw pay survey 2012
  8. 8. pay and CONDITIONS Our 2012 survey sample Our analysis, carried out by working overseas, giving a total of 844. sector makes up almost three quarters pay expert Adam Geldman, is The number of respondents is down on (74%) of responses, with a shade over based on information from an the 1233 received this time last year. a fifth (22%) from the public sector. The online questionnaire conducted during More than a fifth of participants are remaining returns were sent in by autumn 2012. Responses were re- based in the South East of England health and safety specialists working ceived from 797 UK-based health and (22.2%), and the North West accounted for not-for-profit organisations, such safety professionals, together with 47 for 12.9% of respondents. The private as charities. Distribution of respondents Agriculture (hunting, forestry, fishing) Construction Financial services General services (law, facilities management, property management, management consultancy) Hotels, restaurants and leisure Industrial sector Manufacturing Mining and quarrying Public sector (including defence, education, health and social work, central and local government) Transport and logistics Utilities (electricity, gas and water) Wholesale/retail trade and logistics Respondents were also asked to indicate the size of their organisation. There is an interesting divide; the majority work for companies with more than 1000 employees (38%), while almost the same number work for SMEs (37%). Number of employees 1–49 Breakdown by gender 50–99 100–249 250–499 500–999 Male 1000 plus Female Read more More information on this year’s survey, including a breakdown of employees’ benefits and some candid observations from respondents, is available online at You can also compare the 2012 results to a full analysis of the previous year’s pay survey, which is available online at hsw pay survey 2012