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SRG launches 2017 Salary Survey

Science, clinical and engineering recruiter SRG has released its latest Salary Survey, in conjunction with New Scientist.


Discussing the latest salary and market trends in the science industry, the report is based on over 3,000 responses from SRG’s global database and the readership of New Scientist magazine. The report provides the science industry’s most comprehensive overview of salaries and benefits as well as outlining the economic and political factors currently affecting the industry.


The survey found that 75% of respondents received a pay increase in their last pay review. The average bonus has risen from £2,262 (6.6% of salary) in 2015 to £3,071 (8% of salary).


According to the survey, there is an overriding feeling of uncertainty about the effects of Brexit. 45% of respondents believe it will have a significant impact on their business and 44% believe it will have only a minor impact.


  • 89% of scientists feel positive about scientific advancement – 42% strongly. At the same time, 81% feel under more day-to-day pressure than ever before and 52% find their jobs incredibly stressful.


Kelly Morton, managing director, said, “As we head towards an uncertain future, confidence will be key. Our respondents have understandably mixed views on how Brexit will affect the industry: 45% believe it will have a significant impact on their business and 44% believe it will have only a minor impact. There are signs that science can continue to thrive in these uncertain times and many employers are clearly thinking about the future by running graduate, industrial and apprenticeship schemes to help create a pipeline of talent.”


SRG’s report suggests that scientists remain positive despite this uncertain outlook. Morton added, “Even though they’re under more pressure than ever before and many find their jobs stressful, science professionals are positive about both their employer and their industry. We very much hope that this positivity will allow both candidates and their employers to ride the tide of uncertainty with confidence.”


Comparing salaries, bonuses and benefits across the science industry, SRG’s 2017 Salary Survey provides a useful benchmarking tool for hiring managers and job seekers alike. Clients and candidates can request a copy here.

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