World Survey | UK
A pound of flesh23 July 2010
A 2010 survey of nuclear industry salaries reveals that many employees rank support and recognition in the workplace as high as salary and benefits. By Emma-Jayne Gooch, recruitment manager at energy headhunter McKenzie Douglas
While most senior managers and directors believe themselves to be adequately rewarded in monetary terms, many feel largely unappreciated for the hard work and dedication they bring to the organisation. One senior manager told us: “Compared to a lot of people in the UK we are well paid. However, I’d like some more recognition of the contribution my work makes to the overall business goals of the company. It’s important to know our work makes a difference.”
Is money is the most important thing in a job? Many senior staff confided that support and recognition were of greater importance than the overall basic salary and benefits packages they were offered. Our findings tally with the theories of US occupational psychologist Frederick Herzberg, a contemporary of Abraham Maslow, who identified the five key motivators for people at work: achievement, recognition, the work itself, responsibility and opportunities for advancement.
The survey of 30 major positions in the UK nuclear industry covered from three to eight salary ratings on each position. Over the survey period (January-March 2010), GBP1=EUR1.13=USD1.56=JPY142 according to currency conversion site www.oanda.com.
|Where the jobs will be|
A report from UK government skills body Cogent has developed a scenario of employment should a total of 12 new nuclear power stations be built by 2025. It estimates that an average of 10,000 jobs per year would be required. The peak demand would be from 2019-2021, in which seven units would be under construction at the same time.
At the time of writing, the most at-risk skills are project management, safety case authoring, high-integrity welding, control and instrumentation, planners and estimators, geotechnical engineering, non-destructive engineering, manufacturing engineering, design engineering, and regulation.