The recession has cut U.K. civil engineers’ salaries for the first time in seven years, according to a new survey by the Institution of Civil Engineers, London. Last year’s basic average income fell 0.3%, to $75,000. Lower salaries did the worst, with the bottom 10% falling 6%, while the top 10% rose 1.2%. Top executive basic pay fell 1.7%, to $131,000 on average. Compared with the U.K., average basic salaries were higher by 18% in Hong Kong and by 31% in the Emirates.
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.