With a struggling economy, political uncertainty across the globe and interest rates all but lifeless, it can be easy to view the world with a jaded attitude at the minute. And, as a consequence of the aforementioned issues, wages are not growing at the same rate as inflation, meaning many feel as though they’ve had, if anything, a pay cut in recent years.
But, all is not lost. Safety, health and environment (SHE) management roles offer some hope in a scene that would otherwise have precious few positives to draw on.
In fact, Job Barometer research issued by NEBOSH offers some very positive reading. The headline news to come from the extensive investigation carried out by one of the industry’s leading boards shows that by being able to list one of their diplomas on your CV you could see you be inline for a wage increase of £7,000 to £50,000 per annum. Of all advertised roles they found that 54% stipulated a NEBOSH diploma as a prerequisite and an impressive 83% demanded a NEBOSH qualification of some description.
Amongst the sectors to offer the best career opportunities are retail and property management. This has improved significantly when compared to recent years and now one in seven positions advertised falls within those sectors. Construction and civil engineering, perhaps expectedly, given the nature of the industries, still represents the most career prospects. Almost 40% of SHE roles come from this industry, increasing on last year’s already strong showing of 29%. The manufacturing sector also performed well, representing 20% of roles, up from 13%. Other areas included property management (8%), retail (6%), utilities (4%) and the charitable sector (4%).
Public sector vacancies did suffer a small drop from 10% down to 7%, however the top average salary for roles in this sector did increase by £5,000 up to £38,000. Albeit remaining low I comparison to the national top end average of £46,000.
However, far outstripping all other sectors for pay increase was the retail sector, with the average top end salary peaking at £55,000. Elsewhere there were top end average increases for the property management and manufacturing sectors up to £48,000 and £45,000 respectively. Unfortunately, the construction top end average suffered a slight hit, down from £50,000 to £47,000.
Geographic location played its part too – perhaps expectedly, London and the South East offered the highest volume of available roles. Just under a third of all roles were based in the capital and a further 20% were based in the wider region. The biggest increase was in the North West, more than doubling from 8% to 19% with the Midlands accounting for 12% followed by the South West and Wales as well as Yorkshire and the North East each reaching 5%.
Underlining the significance of a qualification, almost half of all vacancies listed (45%) required a NEBOSH Certificate level qualification, with the vast majority of listings (93%) asked for either a NEBOSH qualification of some description or IOSH membership.
Whilst some industries may be suffering, SHE management roles offer real reason for optimism. If you’re looking to build on your SHE management career in 2018 the stats show it is essential you bulk up on your NEBOSH qualifications and training. These can even be completed online to fit around your existing work and family commitments. So, whether you’re looking for a tonic to excessive Christmas spending or whether you want to start a successful 2018 as soon as possible, then a SHE career could be right for you.
Find out more on the NEBOSH website here.