Salary survey reveals key sectors

Construction workers, call centre employees and those working in the organic food sector are all likely to be in demand during 2008, according to the annual East Anglia salary survey by Cooper Lomaz recruitment agency in Bury St Edmunds.

Construction workers, call centre employees and those working in the organic food sector are all likely to be in demand during 2008, according to the annual East Anglia salary survey by Cooper Lomaz recruitment agency in Bury St Edmunds.

The construction industry in Suffolk will benefit from a continued need for new homes in the region, while those prepared to travel to building projects closer to London will enjoy the bigger pay packets from building projects associated with the 2012 London Olympics.

The survey found project managers are being offered annual salaries of £50,000 and site managers up to £38,000.

Recently qualified surveyors, too, are in a good position to make the most of the strong construction industry.

Richard Barker, Cooper Lomaz operations director, said: “Clients that were once looking for candidates with 10 years' experience are taking on people with two to four years' experience. If we had more surveyors on our database, we would find them jobs.”

Meanwhile call centre bosses are looking to woo experienced staff back into the profession with perks and benefit packages now that many jobs are coming back to the region, said the survey.

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In the food industry, organic is seen as the growth area.

“Consumers want organic products grown locally and so people with experience of producing food for that market will be in demand,” predicted Mr Barker. “That trend is likely to continue in the medium term.”

Another growth area is apprenticeships, particularly in the engineering sectors.

“Companies want to grow their own talent and recruit direct from schools and colleges rather than wait for experience candidates to arrive,” claimed the survey report.

The 2008 salary survey also found that an increasing number of people are looking to relocate from London to Suffolk, citing fast-track promotion and a better quality of life as the principal reasons.

“Commuting has become so unreliable and time-consuming and people are not just looking for a good salary,” said Mr Barker. “We think East Anglia can meet their lifestyle demands.”

Cooper Lomaz compiled the survey from interviews with hundreds of employers and 170,000 job-seekers on its database. It comprises analysis from 14 employment sectors - including accountancy, construction, digital media, engineering, financial services, food manufacturing, human resources, information technology, insurance, office support, sales and marketing, supply chain - covering Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.

Salaries for jobs in Suffolk ranged from £11,000 for a bank cashier to £70,000-£120,000 for a group finance director.