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UK salaries remain broadly consistent, says Office Angels

UK salaries remain broadly consistent, says Office Angels

UK salaries are holding firm despite fears that the UK is transitioning to a lower wage economy, according to Office Angels’

In May, the average advertised permanent salary for general staff was just 0.11% lower than in April, while the average advertised salary for temporary roles actually increased by 0.03% on April figures. Both permanent and temporary salaries showed a modest improvement on May 2011, a 0.16% and 0.05% increase respectively.

These latest figures come as some business leaders have expressed concern that the UK may transition to a lower wage economy, following recent Office for National Statistics data showing that an increase in employment in the quarter February to April 2012 was the largest seen in 17 months.

Steven Kirkpatrick, Managing Director at Office Angels said: “Our latest salary update indicates that the job market is remaining consistent for UK workers at the moment.

“Average salaries for both temp and permanent general staffing roles are higher than this time last year. Both job seekers and people already in work should be heartened by this news and remain optimistic about their employment future.

“For some employers now turning their focus to their bottom line, it may be tempting to cut salaries for some roles within their organisation. We would advise employers to consider this decision carefully: our figures show there are still a range of vacancies for job seekers to fill. So, with salaries remaining fairly competitive, there is potential for workers who are dissatisfied with their pay package to make the transition to another role.”

There is evidence that scepticism over the future of the UK economy is impacting on some sectors specifically. According to Office Angels, salaries for Sales Advisor and Telesales roles advertised during May were down on April figures by 0.09% and 0.37% respectively. Advertised Telesales salaries in particular have declined, now 2.37% lower than during May 2011.

Steven Kirkpatrick, Managing Director at Office Angels said: “Decline in advertised salaries for Sales Advisors and Telesales roles are a direct result of economic uncertainty. We are seeing organisations consolidate and look to be more efficient, which is pushing salaries for these roles down on last year.  Telesales salaries are also being negatively affected by many organisations going digital, causing them to rely less on the traditional telesales role.”

The data also showed that, in line with previous months this year, permanent PA roles remain the most buoyant, with average salary up 4.81% on May 2011. Permanent Office Managers are also being offered increased salaries, 3.94% higher than during May 2011.

Outside of London, permanent Office Managers in the North West can expect to be best paid, where the average salary is &pound29,052. This is a 5.01% increase on the same month in 2011.


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