Unlocking competitive edge: ESS Recruit’s Salary Benchmark for Scotland’s Engineering Job Market

With huge opportunities within the renewables sector, an estimated 50,000 to 120,000 jobs will be created in hydrogen, carbon capture and renewables within the next five to ten years.

In ESS Recruit, we are determined to keep abreast of industry changes and work closely with various industry associations. We believe that only through transparency in recruitment we can unlock a competitive edge.

In many ways, we’ve removed the mystery and ‘dark arts’ associated with traditional recruitment in favour of an open-door policy. We listen to, advise, and support the sectors we operate in. But recruitment isn’t just about the client. The candidate is extremely important too. So many recruiters are faceless, anonymous, transactional even. By meeting candidates face-to-face and having conversations about their prospects, we can understand their skills and bring them to the fore. And if they’re not a match for one role, they might be a match for another.

It does not, however, stop there. We research the tools that allow for a more functional, open and equitable recruitment processes. We’ve recently introduced the salary benchmark guide.

The salary benchmark guide is an essential resource that can benefit both employers and employees significantly. It provides a means to compare a pay and benefits package with those of competitors, enabling informed decisions and a better market standard for both candidates and employers. Our benchmarking highlights insights into current market trends and demands, which can help clients adjust the salary ranges and offerings accordingly. This way, companies can stay competitive and ensure that they are providing fair compensation to potential candidates, resulting in the attraction and retention of top talent.

As part of a recent exercise, we undertook a detailed analysis of salaries across a wide range of industries and job roles. To ensure accuracy and reliability, we utilised both external market data and our own extensive database of roles that we have previously resourced.

Data was collected from various sources such as salary surveys and job postings enabling us to compare similar positions within the market and consider any variations due to location. Through this comprehensive analysis, we were able to gain a better understanding of salary trends and patterns, and ultimately provide informed and accurate guidance on the compensation for various roles from design, through manufacturing, maintenance, QHS, sales and marketing.

The data we’ve collected clearly indicates that the engineering job market in Scotland presents excellent opportunities for job seekers, particularly those with relevant skills and experience in the industry. With the right qualifications and training, candidates can secure well-paying jobs with good career prospects in this dynamic and vital sector. As a result, adjusting the offer for potential candidates becomes more crucial than it has ever been – justifying the value of a complete salary benchmark.

Get in touch if you’re interested in joining with us to maximise recruitment value.

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